45) Scott notes the cultural and culinary influence of Central Eurasian foods that spread north, including shashlyk
and plov, as well as the fruits and melons whose value continues to sustain countless trading networks.
The cuisine, generally speaking, is an offshoot of a pan-Central Asian cooking style based largely on Silk Road exoticisms like grilled kebabs called shashlyk
, meat-stuffed pastries, hand-pulled noodle soups and ploy.
Some of the cuisine's flavors were already familiar outside Georgia; shashlyk, the grilled meat from the Caucasus, first appeared on Russian menus in the 19th century, following Russia's expansion into the mountainous region, and Georgian meat stew (chakhokhbili) was already in wide circulation in the early years of Soviet power.
51) Out of a side store, the restaurant sold semiprepared (polufabrikat) shashlyk for anxious would-be customers who could not get a seat to take home.
A vast array of world-famous dishes is in its arsenal, including Russian appetizers and pirogi, Ukrainian borshch, Georgian shashlyk, Azeri lamb stew [piti], Uzbek plov, and many other national dishes.
67) They began with shashlyk, a dish from the Caucasus that was already widely embraced by the public.
The most popular was tkemali, the tart Georgian plum sauce used to accompany shashlyk and chicken tabaka.
As a result of the exchange, Georgian-style shashlyk, the stew chakhokhbili, and cheese-filled khachapuri were introduced to Kiev's cafeteria menus.