Dorogomilovsky Market: learn the survival skills and advice from old-timers!TASS
The Dorogomilovsky Market is not one of Moscow’s oldest and was first mentioned in 1938, but since then it has become legendary among locals and has a peculiar character and an excellent reputation. My mother told me about her experiences: how 30 years ago she used to go there to buy live fish and suluguni cheese kept in a bucket, which could be found nowhere else. Then everything disappeared somehow.
When you enter from the main entrance, you find yourself in a different world. Traders are shouting to you: "Hi, do you need any advice? What have you come for? What do you need? There is everything here! Come over!"
The public consists of:
You can browse, touch, taste and compare prices at neighboring stalls. At the Dorogomilovsky, new items and fresh produce brought to Moscow first appear here. But you have to haggle – it’s entertainment of sorts, at least for foreigners. You will experience "market relations," warts and all. It’s a real Moscow market with its own, somewhat wild, atmosphere.
Dairy products, excellent smoked fish, guinea fowl, duck, turkey, seasonal produce (berries - the first juicy berries will appear here first - as well as chestnuts and chanterelles). For some products (for example, Swiss cheeses, Chinese sauces and dressings, or Italian foods), you have to look outside the main hall. If you pass to the left of the entrance by the car park, you will find yourself in the market's second hall, which has its own delights. For my personal consumption I would buy vegetables or fruit there, and in the autumn - chestnuts, the taste of my childhood.
Strawberries. How to decide whether they are real or from a greenhouse? You should be able to smell strawberries from about two meters away. This way, you will make no mistake. Real strawberries are smaller than some of the gigantic specimens on sale, but they are juicy, without the white spots, soft and aromatic. However, they don't keep long - only two days.
Special Georgian products. Spices, pickles (jonjoli, pickled sweet peppers - hard to find in Moscow), jam (especially walnut), churchkhela (Georgian - exclusively from grape juice and walnuts). As for market sellers, I've got my own tactics - you have to establish contact and make their acquaintance. Then they will select the food items for you and advise on the best ones at the best prices. For instance, you need suluguni cheese. But for different dishes, cheese at different stages of maturity is needed (fresh for khachapuri, and more mature for a cheese platter). Meet the seller and find out when you should come to get the cheese you need.
Yes, I would. You can find really unusual items here.
Now at the market you can buy tarragon, cherry plums, various other herbs, and all the ingredients for chakapuli.
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