A Russian style soup with many variations, which, according to Wikipedia, dates back to the 9thC.
Wikipedia: Shchi is a traditional soup of Russia where it has been known as far back as the 9th century, soon after cabbage was introduced from Byzantium. Its popularity in Russia originates from several factors. Shchi is relatively easy to prepare; it can be cooked with or without various types of meat; and it can be frozen and carried as a solid on a trip to be cut up when needed. Finally, it was noticed that most people do not get sick of shchi and can eat it daily. As a result, by the 10th century shchi became a staple food of Russia, and another popular saying sprang from this fact: “Щи да каша — пища наша.” (Shchi da kasha — pishcha nasha “Shchi and kasha are our food”).
Based on the humble and beautiful cabbage, this is a recipe that inevitably has endless variations.
Here’s my vegan version. Based on a traditional vegetable version, I’ve included Sauerkraut, which makes it Sour Shchi.
It’s one of those soups that matures with time, so, if you want to try it, don’t hesitate to make a big batch, as it tastes even better the next day.
Hope you enjoy!
Serves 4 or more…
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