Quick, try and find Moldova on a map! Did you say right between Southwestern Ukraine and Romania?!? Man, you’re good, so come get your prize: jellied chicken. Or if you don’t want that, maybe you’ll go for mămăligă, essentially the Moldovan polenta, or lots of goat cheese or delicious chicken noodle soup (zeamă de găină). We prefer that to their other favorite: ciorba de burta, aka beef tripe sour cream soup.
You’re getting a lot of the traditional Eastern European favorites here: rye breads, potato dumplings, cold beet soup, BLOOD SOUP, plus so many things made from potatoes and mushrooms, and a somewhat strange fascination with sour things -- sour cream butter, sour cheese, etc. Points are awarded, though, for their willingness to make all sorts of buns, pancakes, and smoked meats. And for creating NBA basketball players Arvydas Sabonis and Šarūnas Marčiulionis.
I wish I could just say Romanians eat blood because Dracula is totally real and absolutely from here IT EVEN SAYS IT ON THEIR WEBSITE. But they actually have a culinary mish-mash of Turkish, Saxon, and Hungarian influences combined with a very healthy agro culture -- thanks in no small part to the fact that Romania is still developing -- meaning paprika and sausages and local cheeses, like the feta-esque urdă. Also, so many sour soups. So many. Everything gets washed down with plum brandy and wine -- Romania locks in as the 10th largest wine producer in the world -- and, also, maybe blood.