I never imagined I would have an opportunity to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina. When I was growing up in the 1990's I remember watching news reports of war and massacre in this part of the world. Little did I know that I would be walking down the same cobblestone streets a few decades later. This fledgling democracy still has a lot of tension in the air between the various factions that govern it. The culture and cuisine of Bosnia is a unique bled of Balkan, Turkish and Yugoslavian influences. While we were there just for a day we still got to try some of it's delicious food.
Cevapi are like little Bosnian kebabs or small grilled meat sausages made of lamb and beef mix; served with onions, sour cream,Bosnian pita bread. They are a staple in all former Yugoslavian countries. They could be considered a street food and you could find them in small cafes around Mostar.
Burek is a meat-filled flaky pastry, traditionally rolled in a spiral and cut into sections for serving. There a plenty of options when it comes to the filing of the Burek. We tried the cottage cheese burek called "Sirnica" and a chicken burek. These treats are quite greasy so have plenty of paper towels handy. They have local stores where you can try burek and they are called Bas Burek.
Bosnian Coffee or Bosanska Kahva
Coffee drinking in Bosnia is a traditional daily custom and plays an important role during social gatherings. The coffee here closely resembles Turkish coffee. The water is brought to a boil and then roasted and ground coffee beans are added to it while the ground coffee settles, it is then filtered and drunk. It is served either hot or cold.
While we were in Mostar watching the great bridge jumpers leaping off a 79 foot bridge, we had an opportunity to try some great local fish. We got the set lunch menu which came with a side salad, an entree and a dessert. The fish itself was a delight. Very lightly seasoned and cooked to perfection.
Restaurant: Cafe Bella, Mostar 88000.
It is a fried batter soaked in syrup, similar to churros. It is made from unleavened dough piped into its shape then deep-fried to a golden brown, then sugar syrup is poured over it when still hot. It is eaten cold. It reminded me of an Indian sweet called "Gulab Jamun".
Restaurant: Cafe Bella, Mostar 88000