“Sushki” is not “Sushi” with a typo
Actually, they have nothing in common. Not in ingredients, taste, or place of origin. The only similarity between the two is that they are both international food items. Wikipedia defines “sushki” thus: “Sushki is a traditional Russian tea bread. It is a small, crunchy, mildly sweet bread ring which can be eaten for dessert”. Well…… imagine eating a big dry sweet pretzel and you probably have a pretty good idea of what “sushki” are.
As it turned out, “sushki” were also a great conversation starter for the Russian coffee hour that was organized by a group of international students last week for the CityU community. Students and faculty who attended the event had the opportunity to try this traditional Russian snack and learn about the country that still remains somewhat “terra incognito” for many in this part of the world. Although many could probably name “Doctor Zhivago” or Pasternak, few, before the meeting, knew that Russia is actually the largest country in the world and will host the next Winter Olympic games in 2014. Or that Lake Baikal in Russia is the biggest fresh water lake in the world or that the distance between Russia and the US is only 4 kilometers (a little more than 2 miles – less than the distance between CityU and UW!).
If “sushki” were described by many as the “interesting experience”, other Russian snacks and food served at the event were the real hit. Canapé with red caviar and smoked sardines (“shproti”), along with beet and carrot salads were nice additions to a casual afternoon conversation about Russia and more.
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