I heard stories that it existed. Oftentimes, the story was followed with shock and horror if someone actually had a personal experience to add. I didn’t know what to think. Would I ever encounter this thing myself? Would I one day have my own story to tell?
Thanks to one of Tanya’s students, I now have my own story to tell. On the night of a party at our apartment – one we decided to throw when we thought we were moving apartments… go figure we got a phone call that very day that we were no longer moving! – Vitaly brought a nice big container full of the infamous SALO.
You’re probably wondering what exactly this salo stuff is, right? Well, Wikipedia says the following:
Salo (Russian and Ukrainian: са́ло) is a traditional Central and Eastern European food: slabs of pork underskin fat, with or without skin.
The Slavic word “salo” as applied to this type of food (it has other meanings as well) is often mistranslated to English as “bacon” or “lard”. Unlike lard, salo is non-rendered pork fat
Anyways, the Ukrainians love this stuff. Apparently what you do is put a slab on a piece of black bread, maybe with some onion, and eat with vodka. So, that’s what Tanya and I bravely did. I think these pictures explain all:
Pretty good, huh? Yeah, it gets better…
I don’t know how many times in this one night Ukrainian people told me how HEALTHY salo is. Yes, healthy! I even had one guy tell me that he was so fit while showing his abs because he ate salo every day. And, in case you are fearing a nuclear war or explosion, it is also helpful to know that salo helps protect your body from radiation. Imagine that!