it's a frozen whole pig Russia a place of vibrant culture mysterious beauty and mayonnaise so much mayonnaise a Medina's diamond from Epicurious and I've come to net cost market in Bensonhurst Brooklyn one of the chain of Russian supermarkets across New York in Pennsylvania to learn more about the food of my family's heritage and there's no better way to explore it aside from booking a trip to Moscow the net costs mile-long double-wide buffet it's time to get lost in the supermarket what I love about this is that the Russians will literally pickle anything in addition shoo tickles you also have whole pairs but they pickled I don't know why they pickled them apples pickled green tomatoes pickled watermelon I've never had pickled pear before it's definitely very firm Wow expected to just be tangy from vinegar but it's actually like a little garlicky it's like a sweet sour note to it that's really delicious now we're getting like into some serious carnivorous territory I'm looking for chicken cutlets here it says cutlets baby I'm very charmed by that I'm going to try some cutlets baby baby cutlet this is like busting out with chicken liver I don't know about any other supermarket that has entire hole coils of blood sausage this is one of my favorite things it's actually called herring in a winter coat in Russia you wear a lot of layers so here you have layers herring grated beets carrots there's definitely a ton of mayonnaise in here pickles probably some canned peas all in this kind of gorgeous stack these are two kinds of holla'd yets which my grandmother sometimes makes but I've so far in my life avoided eating I'm going to take this really small piece this is little bits of chicken with this delightfully firm layer of gelatin on top it is good it is very flavorful very garlicky I'm sure it's something that really grows on you and soon you just can't stop eating mulligans if I want to graduate from merely tasting Russian food to actually cooking it I need to break free of the buffet motherland I need to explore the ingredients themselves I need to venture further into the other aisles of net cost you can always tell how much one culture loves something by how many options it provides of that thing and it's supermarket Russian people really love cured meat products it just keeps on going there's cured pork there's like all of these loose sausages over here over there is like a whole other meat section here they have all of these house smoked options could I get a slice of the veal roll it has this delightful coil of crushed black pepper and I'm going to guess garlic in there too way more flavorful than your average smoked ham it's really good he looks so peaceful wow this is actually pretty heavy this is a frozen whole pig full grown beef tongue is large and yeah cute quails all in a row I'm not going to pick up that rabbit but there's Robin so another thing that's very common is to give gifts of chocolate this chocolate aisle isn't just here it continues like all the way down this aisle all boxed chocolates historical themes here too 1924 the Russian troika who could forget now you can remember it while eating chocolate this pretty much looks like a normal produce aisle you have your berries or citrus your apples I think the part of it that's most unique is the root vegetable section a lot of times will be hard to find things like celery root black radish really enormous parsnips over here is barrels of food two words sour cream this is all sour cream easily a dozen different varieties I like the boldness of this Amish style high-fat sour cream all of these are like regular fat or high fat all that high fat sour cream is delicious on this wide selection of frozen dumplings first and fruit section and ordinary supermarket not super exciting but I get very excited here because they have really unusual things like frozen red currants black currants - sea buckthorn is a really unusual kind of like tart citrusy berry that's kind of trendy nowadays but it's impossible to find fresh or frozen like I've literally never seen it anywhere except at that cost like a shot of vodka and a bite of pickled herring net cost is a one-two punch of the familiar and the strangely exotic armed with leaking takeout boxes and way too much buckwheat I'm ready to do even more eating and cooking at home just don't ask me to eat another bite of
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Adina Steiman takes a stroll through the aisles of NetCost, a Russian supermarket in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
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