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Cărucior de cumpărături


Sacul tău de cumpărături este gol

Mergi la magazin
A Sturgeon Soup Tale from the Heart of Romania

In the far reaches of Romania, nestled against the vast canvas of the Danube Delta where the river unfurls into the Black Sea, lies Sfantu Gheorghe. This tranquil fishing village, a hidden gem accessible only by a three-hour ferry ride from Tulcea, holds tales of the sea, tradition, and the legacy left by the majestic sturgeon.


Among these tales is a recipe that is more than just a dish; it's a piece of cultural heritage, lovingly shared by Doru Agache, a local fisherman whose life has been intertwined with the ebbs and flows of these waters. The recipe? Storceag, a traditional Romanian sturgeon soup, known not just for its delightful taste but for the stories it carries from the depths of the Black Sea.


Ingredients, Serves 4:


17 oz (500 g) sturgeon or catfish, cut into ¾ to 1¼ inch pieces

Salt, to taste

14 oz (400 g) potatoes, peeled and cut into medium-sized pieces

1 onion, diced

1 green onion, finely chopped

1 parsley root, diced

1 bell pepper, diced

1 egg yolk

7 oz (200 g) sour cream

1 Tbsp dill, finely chopped

1 Tbsp parsley, finely chopped

1 hot pointed pepper, sliced into rings



1. Begin by seasoning the cut fish fillets with salt, preparing them to imbue the broth with their rich flavors.


2. In a large pot, combine the seasoned fish, potatoes, and all diced vegetables with about three quarts (three liters) of water. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and allow the mixture to cook for 20 minutes, letting the ingredients meld together in a harmonious blend.


3. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolk into the sour cream until smooth. This mixture will be the key to giving the soup its signature creamy texture and tang.


4. Slowly pour the sour cream mixture into the soup, stirring gently. Reduce the heat to low, and allow the soup to simmer for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. This step requires a delicate touch, ensuring that the egg doesn't curdle and the soup becomes perfectly creamy.


5. Once cooked, remove the pot from the heat and stir in the dill and parsley, infusing the soup with a burst of fresh, herbaceous flavor.


6. To serve, ladle the hot soup into bowls and garnish with slices of hot pointed pepper, adding a dash of spice and color to the dish.



Wine Pairing

A dish as distinctive and flavorful as Storceag deserves a special wine to complement its taste. We recommend the following wines to elevate your dining experience:


Chablis Chardonnay Jean-Marc Brocard 2020 White Wine: A crisp and refreshing Chablis that balances the richness of Storceag.


Golem Alb 2021 Dry White Wine: Its vibrant acidity and floral notes are a delightful contrast to the savory soup.


Finca Muñoz Coleccion De La Familia White Wine 2021: A harmonious blend that complements the complex flavors of the Storceag.




The story of Doru, a child of the Danube Delta, and his fellow fishermen is a testament to resilience and adaptation. Once prospering from the bountiful sturgeon, their way of life was irrevocably changed with the ban on sturgeon fishing. Yet, in traditions like Storceag, the spirit of the sturgeon lives on, a reminder of the past and a hope for the future.


This soup is more than a meal; it's a celebration of community, perseverance, and the rich tapestry of Romanian culinary tradition. As you savour each spoonful of Storceag, imagine the serene waters of the Danube Delta, the tales of old, and the unwavering spirit of those who call it home.


For Doru and the fishermen of Sfantu Gheorghe, the hope remains that one day they may once again cast their nets for the sturgeon. Until then, dishes like Storceag serve as a bridge between past and present, a nourishing reminder of the cultural and ecological treasure that is the Danube Delta.


Whether you're a culinary adventurer eager to explore the flavors of Romania or a lover of heartfelt stories woven into the fabric of traditional dishes, Storceag promises an experience that transcends the mere act of eating. Here’s to a meal that not only delights the palate but also enriches the soul.


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