JIASHAN MARKET HOSTS PIEROGI LADIES FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME!

We were really excited to finally bring pierogi to the Legendary Jiashan Market – Shanghai’s first and best market for artisan foods.This market takes place every other Saturday of the month and is situated in the heart of charming French Concession.Although it is small in size ,its fame is Shanghai wide and every vendor, particularly in F&B industry wishes to be a part of it.

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The day of our first Jiashan market started with a thunder storm, however  – rain or shine – Jiashan Market must go on.And so it did this time.

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Fortunately, Shanghai showed its love to us and the sun came out!

Although the market wasn’t crowded this time, it was still great experience!

 

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We met new fellow F&B vendors and spread the word about pierogi!

 

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We were also more than happy to see that our friends and regulars showed up to support Pierogi Ladies!

 

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Joanna showed support for fellow vendors by buying their delicious goodies!

 

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Come visit us next time we are there! It is like a daytime party! Great vibes, fantastic people, live music and the most delicious food in town!

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OUR VERY FIRST MARKET

On April 10 we finally attended our first market – Spring Bazaar – at the courtyard of Bubbly Nation.

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Thanks to Joanna’s great logistics ideas, the transportation from our little factory at Craft to the venue went really smooth!

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That’s how our little stand looked like – we can proudly say that the scarf and flowers made it the most colorful and attractive of all! The devil is in the detail, as they say!

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The reaction of the  market visitors to our pierogi exceeded our expectations! We barely had time to check out the fellow vendors as there was always a line of hungry Shanghailanders waiting to devour the traditional Polish food!

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It was a long bazaar but we were more than satisfied because we sold everything we had and ran out of the stock! Thank you Made in Shanghai for having us at your Spring Bazaar! We are looking forward to the next one on May 15 – Brunch & Bazaar!

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PIEROGI LADIES LAUNCH PARTY AT CRAFT SHANGHAI!

March 9 was a special day for Pierogi Ladies as it was our big launch party hosted at Craft Shanghai (aka Polish consulate in Shanghai 😉 We invited anyone willing to come over and eat as many pierogi as they wished  – the treat was on us!

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Our event started with a VIP tasting for Shanghai Bite Club, lead by Shanghai Hunter. Seems like our pierogi satisfied even the most demanding palates in the city!

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During the night we organized 3 competitions to entertain our guests and at the same time introduce Polish culture to them.

The participants of the first one were supposed to repeat the most difficult Polish words. Since Polish language belongs to the group of the most complicated ones,it wasn’t easy at all, but we got the winner who even dare to spell the full name of our mother country :Rzeczpospolita Polska.She won a really special prize from one of our sponsors – a box of natural cosmetics by LALU NATURAL SKINCARE plus voucher for a set of pierogi and a voucher for 2 drinks at Craft!

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The second competition was also really challenging as it required to divide the attention and focus not only on the delicious Polish food staple, but also follow the key facts about Poland  displayed along with videos and photos of our mother land. We had a lucky winner  here as well,who even  remembered the tiny details like that….He was awarded with 100 RMB coupon for healthy juices from our another sponsor– FS JUICE plus pierogi and drinks vouchers!

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Finally, during the third competition our guests were encouraged to post the pictures about pierogi on their WeChat moments (if you don’t live in China, a quick explanation – WeChat is a mobile App without which you don’t really exist in China!).The person with the biggest number of ‘likes’ won a unique t-shirt with Pierogi Ladies logo as well as pierogi and drink vouchers!

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It was fabulous night – each and every guest left properly fed and learned how to enjoy the life in Polish way, and our pierogi gained quite a few die-hard fans!

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We are already looking forward to the next Pierogi Ladies Party!

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7 KEY FACTS YOU MUST REMEMBER ABOUT POLAND!

Since pierogi are Polish staple, I feel that the very first post on our website should introduce some significant facts about our small country to all of you (so that you have some deeper picture of us, not only as the land of vodka)

1.Here is where it is located

 

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2.The map looks like a patchwork because each ‘patch’ represents a separate ‘province’ (just like in China!).

3.The name ‘Poland’ originates from the name of the tribe ‘Polanie’ which means ‘people living in open fields’.

 

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4.One of the symbols of Poland is amber, which was transported along the Amber Route from the Baltic Sea to the Adriatic Coast for over 1000 years. Gdansk on the northern tip of Poland holds the world famous Amber Market.

 

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5.Poland is largely ethnically homogenous with minorities including Ukrainian, Belorussian, Slovakian, Lithuanian and Germans.

6.It is home to one of the world’s best preserved Neolithic flint workings and one of the MOST VALUABLE ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES IN EUROPE!

 

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7.It is among the world’s biggest producers of hard coal. Poland’s reserves of hard coal are estimated at 45.4 billion tons, enough to meet the country’s demands for almost 500 years ,twice as long as the world’s average.

 

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8.Wieliczka Salt Mine or ‘Kopalnia Soli Wieliczka’ is one of the world’s oldest salt mines still in operation until 2007.It is also referred to as ‘The Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland’ due to its three chapels and an entire cathedral carved out of the rock salt by the miners and placed on the UNESCO list of the World Heritage Sites in 1978.

 

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I f you are interested in more details about the country Pierogi Ladies come from,check out the video below!

15 THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT POLISH F&B CULTURE !

One thing that Poland has in common with China is the love to its peculiar, traditional food and beverages. Here are a few essential facts about our eating and drinking culture!

 

1.Polish traditional foods consist of traditional Slavic fare, but also has influences from Italy and France that date back to the medieval Polish court.

 

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2.The first surviving Polish cookbook dates back to 1682 with dishes influenced by strong Lithuanian and Tartar –Turkish influences and German culinary traditions.

 

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3.Polish traditional foods are flavorful, hearty and complex.

 

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4.Traditionally, the main meal of 3 courses is eaten around 2 pm, starting with a soup, a main course of meat ,potatoes and salad/beet puree or pickled cucumbers (my favorite!), and a dessert.

 

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5.Polish dessert will include Polish cheesecake – sernik or apple tart(szarlotka) , makowiec – sponge cake with poppy seed filling or eklerka (éclair).

 

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6.Polish soups are often made with mushrooms, beets and broth.

 

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7.The most common meat in traditional Polish cuisine is pork, but chicken, beef, venison ,duck and other meats are also seen on restaurant menus today.

 

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8.Fish dishes are also popular, especially in regional Polish traditional food. Carp, pike, perch, eel and sturgeon are all served in various ways.

 

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9.The ‘Paczki’ or Polish doughnuts is one of the most traditional Polish desserts appearing since the time of King Augustus III of Poland in the early 18th century.It is most consumed on the Fat Thursday – which is the Thursday before Lent. It has been recorded that 100 million paczki are consumed every year just on this one day!

 

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10.Poles also love their cold cut and Polish butcher shops are known for their enormous selection! (smoked ham , kielbasa suszona – dried sausage – and ham called ‘Poledwica sopocka’ are particularly worth trying!)

 

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11.The most popular Polish ‘fast food’ is called ‘zapiekanka’- it is a baguette with cheese, mushrooms, onions or peppers, sometimes meat and ketchup.

 

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12.The world famous Polish food staple are undeniably pierogi!

 

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13.Poles drink some 92 litres of  beer a year. According to the oldest document recalling beer in Poland,’ The Polish Chronicle’ by Thetmar from Merseburg,beer already appeared during the reign of Polish King Boleslaw I The Brave (992 – 1025).

 

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14.Beer is often served with raspberry, maple or blackcurrant juice and drunk using a straw.During cold seasons the popular refreshment is hot beer with cloves and cinnamon, sweetened with honey.

 

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15.Poland is part of the ‘Vodka belt countries’ and has a history of producing high quality vodka for more than 500 years! It is made of specially selected variety of Stobrava potatoes or the grass Hierochloe odorata (sweet grass). BOLS from the Netherlands has also been produced in Poland since 1994.

 

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