Kohuke is basically freshly pressed sweet curd covered in chocolate or caramel. There are plain as well as flavoured varieties filled with things like berries, chocolate, coconut and kiwifruit. Estonia even has a bread-flavoured kohuke – don't get this one, it has an acquired taste!
Kohuke is popular throughout the Baltic countries, and can be found in Russia and other Eastern-European states as well. In fact, it's so popular in this region that someone has dedicated a lot of time to mapping every single curd snack in the world on this website. These little things actually don't have much of a history – they're about 70 years old and were something of a cult food during the Soviet regime. They disappeared as soon as they hit the shelves of Soviet stores in the 50s due to constant shortage, but that's a whole other story.
3. Mulgipuder – Potato and Groats Porridge
Mulgipuder is the most peasanty Estonian food you could possibly find. In the past it was only served on important holidays at the kitchen tables of peasants, but these days it's no longer linked to celebrations and is served without any specific occasion. It's also one of the very few Estonian foods that's not adapted from other cuisines.
This fancy porridge is typically served with bacon (yup, delicious). You can find it at some restaurants in Tallinn, but you'll have to hunt for it. If you're into peasant-life, visit the Estonian Open Air Museum at Rocca Al Mare, look around for a bit and end your trip with a lovely mulgipuder at the Museum's tavern.
4. Kama Desserts
Kama is not translatable and technically not a dessert, but rather an ingredient sometimes used in desserts. It's actually a mix of different flours – usually barley, rye, oat and pea. Kama, like many Estonian foods, emerged because a lack of ingredients made people imaginative. After using all the different grains, they would simply mix the leftovers together. It doesn't go bad and can be made into a snack within seconds. The traditional way to eat kama is with sour milk (buttermilk) or kefir, but you wouldn't want to do that because it's like drinking sand with sour milk. Oddly enough, we are really proud of this invention. Recently, chefs in Tallinn have started to incorporate kama into all sorts of different desserts.
Kamahouse, a restaurant in the hip Kalamaja area, was even named after this distinct and traditional Estonian food. Here you can enjoy brilliant kama ice cream and a range of other foods made with kama (they have even patented their own kama-cake, seriously).
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