What Is Lithuanian Food? — Cooking in America

What Is Lithuanian Food? — Cooking in America

– So, we in the East Bay,
and we’re about to go to Mama Papa Lithuania. It’s said to be the only
Lithuanian restaurant West of Chicago. I don’t know that much about
Eastern European cuisine, so we’re gonna find out today, – Traveling around the world, I explored so many cuisines, but as Lithuanians, when we come to US, especially West Coast,
there’s no Lithuanian food. I decided that, you know what,
I need to make a little move, and I talked to my mom and
we just cooperated together and decided to open it. – So what’s the dish that
we’re gonna be seeing? – Its called cold borscht, the thick kind of yogurt based soup. – Okay. So this is just some grated, boiled beets? – Then the rest is, fresh
cucumbers, green onions, dill. – So like a lot of dill
your guys’ cuisine too? Is that the predominant? – Yeah, dill is very popular. You know, Lithuanian is about
nine months cold, pretty much, so when the summer comes, and
when the dill starts growing, it gives this great, summery taste. So, we’re using this high
quality farmer’s yogurt. (playful music) – I love how vibrant it is. I think of cold countries, everything is kind of stewed down, but this is, you can see how fresh it is. – Yeah, so, its really traditional and very old dish in Lithuania. (siren wails) So next, to make a cabbage
roll, basically what we do, we slightly boil them,
we take ground pork, mixed with boiled rice, (hip hop music) and there you go. We are frying slightly just
to keep all leaves together. (pan sizzles) Oh yay! And the next step is to boil it. It absorbs more flavor from
the onions and carrots. (hip hop music) – Hey! Who is this? – I’m sure it’s gonna be
better cook than I am. My daughter, my little baby. – Yeah, its awesome to
have her in the restaurant. So, three generations in the restaurant now that you see, right? – Yes – That’s beautiful. – So while cabbage is cooking, we’re going to do another dish, which is potato pancakes with meat in it. – Okay. We need to prepare the potatoes. We’re going to use this amazing
machine for grating them. (food processor grinding) – Whoa! That think has a lot of power, huh? – [Vaidas] Oh yeah, the real deal. – Holy shou-shous, that is amazing. (synthesized music) – Now we’re preparing the meat, which is basically ground pork
with seasonings and onions. Take a piece of dough, potato dough, make kind of like a patty, then, we just going to put some meat, and top it off with the
same amount of potato dough. – [Sheldon] Any memories
of eating potato pancakes? – I mean, I’ve been eating
them since day one I guess, but my favorite used to be when
mom used to make lots of it, and then after dinner, leftovers. A couple hours later, they still warm, she used to put between two
plates and wrap into the towel, and put under the pillow
to maintain the heat, and then you just pull
out from the pillow that, open it up, and you just got those semi-warm potato pancakes. You just grab one with your
arms and just eat it like that. And the last step is just to pan fry them. (hip hop music) – Alright, that looks
good, nice golden brown. (hip hop music) – Lithuanian food, Lithuanian culture, not too many people know about it, so, to see other Lithuanian
restaurants around the world is really hard. Its basically like to find
a needle in the haystack. – Why don’t you think, that there’s no Lithuanian restaurants? – Maybe one of the answers would be that Lithuanians are very humble. They think other nations’ foods are great, and their food is just
good for themselves, just to enjoy at home, which is not true because before, they haven’t
been traveling a lot, but because of Soviet Union,
and all closed curtains, so that why probably they
have that mentality going, but since when, they traveling
around, and now they see that their food is as
great as any other’s. I couldn’t understand
at the beginning either. (hip hop music) – I always thought of potato pancakes of just having potatoes, and that’s it. It turned out alright. Oh, look at the color of it! This some sour cream? Usually on the side with it? (hip hop music) – Wow, Chef, you made a good job on this. Delicious! – All of the flavor of the
meat as it cooks gets dispersed into the potatoes, so it pick
up all of that flavor too. (soulful music) Alright, the crown jewel in the middle, that is the stuffed cabbage. (soulful music) Its awesome because the
dish should feel so humble, and warming. Even though I’ve never had
Lithuanian stuffed cabbage, it reminds me of
something that I wanna eat when I get home. (soulful music) I look at this and I think of summer. I love the freshness of it. – Yeah, like my mother’s – Exactly (chuckling) – When I opened the
restaurant, many Lithuanians keep coming in and asking, Oh, so how are the other people? Did they like cepelinai, potato dumplings, or cabbage rolls? Expecting that, oh, they didn’t like it, and I’m like, no, everybody loved it! They’re like, really? And I said, yes, because
our food is great. And they’re like, wow. – I love that humbleness – Confirms that. – Tell me about Lithuania. What makes Lithuania, Lithuania? (chuckles) – We’ve always been as a
gateway to East and West. We tried to keep our Baltic heritage, which is, basically, rich in
mushroom, in berries, in fish, but then later, once all the nations start marching back and forward, so we started picking
up lots of exchanges, and that’s just a bit of
representation of the culture. We didn’t have much of the books released until mid-centuries. What was existing in
Lithuania was word of mouth. From generation to generation, just the words were traveling, so the language was traveling, that’s why we have so
many words from Sanskrit. None of the other languages
kinda maintained that much. – So what’s the importance of having a Lithuanian restaurant for your daughter? – The heritage and a little bit of culture is being passed to my younger generation, which is, basically, my daughter. She can still know where
the Dad’s culture came from. So, she comes here every day. She knows that here, she’s gonna get potato dish or cabbage dish. She hears the language, not
only from me, from customers. – You created a spot where
other Lithuanians can come and feel at home. Hopefully you’re a catalyst
for other restaurants across the country to open. – Living in this vibrant, this basically, innovation
center of the world, suddenly, I just have this
Mom’s cooking every day. – Yeah, yeah, yeah. Why are you guys so good at basketball? (laughs) Some good basketball Lithuanian passes. – I guess its in the blood. – Sadouskas be big, throwing
up buckets, that guy. (laughs) (hip hop music) That’s just amazing. – Bringing the voice of my Arab heritage feels very important, I
don’t know how many times when I start a dream.

100 thoughts on “What Is Lithuanian Food? — Cooking in America”

  1. Great show, great host, great content. They could really stretch these out and run ads, so it's great to see concise quality content.

  2. While I get that the presenters want to try to help out in the dishes, they should only do a few things and let the actual cooks do it if they're there to taste the restaurant's quality. Even if it's someone with a background in cooking, you're never gonna make it the same way the restaurant does having gotten there a few minutes before. It's not going to be fried the same way or salted the same way, or the correct amount of spice or whatever, and whatever tasting/correcting the chefs always make while doing their dishes. I know sometimes Sheldon wants to try to do one thing, but here he made them all almost entirely. It's never gonna be the same and kinda not fair on the restaurant not being able to put their best example on the table IMO.

  3. Besides the borscht….. looks AMAZING!!!! Heritage wise im american but i know most ancestors are European….. im your typical hot headed, stubborn, blonde hair, blue eyed girl and this just speaks to my soul. Oh and did i mention quite opinionated 🤣🤣🤣🤷‍♀️😊

  4. Wow looks good. Sadly there are no restaurants in my area that have these items so… I’m living vicariously through these videos

  5. We enjoy the food at Mama Papa Lithuania!.The decor is imported from their country, so you feel like you have time warped there for dinner. And we come here from Seattle to enjoy their home-cooked meals.

  6. Coming to “Go Out On A LIM” soon is a series called “4 Baltic States and Deutschland” covering my recent travel to Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Germany. Check out its teaser here: https://youtu.be/i0yFIhCWqSU

  7. California is such a small state I can understand why the crack addled simians writing the description text would think that adding a city wasn't worth the effort.

  8. Looks really delish — very interesting…. until Eater snuck that preview for Arab food at the end with that ugly little muzzy — uhm, no thank you.

  9. Rice was never used in cabbage rolls. It is a soviet invention, because people rarely could get enough meat from a shop. Pink soup is not made with yoghurt too. Totally different taste.

  10. Da best food in Lithuania for me is cepelynai so good its we can say potato ball and it has meat in it and its so good

  11. lithuanian food looks simple and nice specially when it is hot but i can't try the ones with pork. other issue, lithuanians dishes are few? can't fill a full book I guess

  12. Great video! I'm from kleipeda to chicago and now Boston and cheers to the owner (we need some restaurants over here)

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