If this is how the Polish celebrate Christmas then book me a one-way flight to Poland right away. Had my first taste of Polish food at this year's Wellington Polish Christmas Market and I'm straight up hooked.
Starting with one of the staples of Polish cuisine, the pierogi (dumplings). Simplicity is key with these beauties; they're only stuffed with potato but you'll be surprised at how much flavour they pack. It's actually a nice contrast to the beef and cumin dumplings I typically gorge on every time I visit Barilla Dumpling.
The "meal deal" at the market also comes with a chunky kielbasa (spicy smoked veal and pork sausage) and a serving of bigos (Polish hunter's stew made with sauerkraut, ham, kielbasa, mushroom, spices, and caramelised onions), served with dill pickles and cwikla (horseradish/beetroot mix) on the side. Overall the flavours are homely and work really well together, with the sauerkraut in particular acting as a strong foundation for the platter.
Verdict: A solid little taster of Central European cuisine. 8.1/10.