The main ingredient of our favorite salad is not easy to find abroad. Even in the Scandinavian countries, where herring is eaten with pleasure, it has a different taste: our herring is fatty and salty, in Denmark it is sweet (marinated with honey and sugar), and in Norway and Sweden it is completely stale. The famous Dutch herring maatjes haring is also completely different from Russian – it is very tender and lightly salted, and its texture is more like an eel. Some Russian stores in the United States before the New Year sell a ready-made salad “Herring under a fur coat”, but at a completely inhumane price – they ask about 20 USD for 1 kg of a cult dish.
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Halva seems to be made all over the world, but in different countries it differs in composition and taste. The good old sunflower halva is sold only in Eastern Europe, but in the West and Asia it is a completely different product. In Central Asia and the Caucasus, it is prepared on the basis of flour and butter, in India – from vegetables and milk, in the Mediterranean – from ground sesame. So emigrants who have forgotten the taste of “real” halva often ask their relatives to bring it from Russia.