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What is this salo you speak of?


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

Double mmmm…

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:


salo 01

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salo 04

salo 05

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salo 07

salo 08

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!


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11 Responses to What is this salo you speak of?

  1. nick February 24, 2009 at 2:43 pm #

    poor Brooke! if salo lied more then 30 minuets outside of refrigerator, it would test terrible!!!!

  2. nick February 24, 2009 at 7:43 am #

    poor Brooke! if salo lied more then 30 minuets outside of refrigerator, it would test terrible!!!!

  3. Brooke February 24, 2009 at 3:24 pm #

    Haha, for some reason, I don’t think that matters much…

    • Evgeniy Kondratuk December 5, 2009 at 10:49 pm #

      frozen salo is more eatable

  4. andrey June 24, 2010 at 2:30 pm #

    Hi Brook!

    Yeah i remember that night when you tried a salo!!

    I just wanna say ukrainian also use salo to fry it with egg, because when salo melt it become crispy.

  5. Big Salo March 7, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    Dear Brooke

    Salo cures cancer and saves lives!

  6. Ben April 29, 2013 at 2:13 am #

    When I was in Ukraine I went to L’viv with local friends. There, they even served Salo with a chocolate icing. Unusual, I’d say. And definitely an acquired taste.

  7. Roman Melnychuk August 25, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

    I am Ukrainian and I can say that Salo is disgusting. Not all Ukrainians like it, I am athlete and work out, so I don’t eat that.


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