The tourist season is heating up (as usual, things kick off with a bang starting on May 1) and you may soon find yourself in an upscale restaurant in this country, salivating as you pore over the choices on the menu.
If you see an entry called pui de balta, don’t be alarmed if you go by the literal dictionary translation, which would be something like “puddle chickens” (balta = puddle). Romanians are enthusiastic carnivores but what could this possibly refer to?
In reality, this culinary dish is known in English as frog legs, a somewhat rare find in a Romanian restaurant but occasionally present on the menu, as I saw with my own eyes just yesterday.
While frog legs are an exotic dish for Americans and/or Britons, many European cultures, most notably the French, enjoy this light, sweet meat in a number of dishes, sometimes prepared fried and breaded and sometimes in a garlic sauce.
AND NOW YOU KNOW!