Growing up in Alberta, it’s hard not to be exposed to Ukranian foods. In elementary school we even went to the Cheemo perogy factory for a tour and free samples. That sure was a fun school day.
Shumka Ukrainian Foods has had a location inside Kingway Garden Mall’s food court as far back as I can remember. Over the years they’ve branched out; first they started to sell frozen perogies and other items. More recently in the last few years they opened up a small restaurant in the north end of the city. A family member told me about a family meal deal they had at the north end location, so back in January I thought I’d check it out.
As you can see by the photo, there are a lot of items that come with the meal. You can adjust the amounts of each item depending on your personal taste. Clockwise starting on the far left, I ordered perogies, nalysnyky (a Ukrainian crepe with dill and cheese, pronounced na-lish-na-key) and cabbage rolls. Each meal also gets a choice of meat such as the kobassa sausage (far right) or chicken. I also added a side of sauerkraut, sour cream for the perogies, and tomato sauce for the cabbage rolls.
The food tasted exactly like the ones served at the mall location, which made me a happy camper. Too bad this kind of meal isn’t something I can eat all the time!
Shumka Ukrainian Foods
Namao Centre, 16520-95 St.
Kingsway Garden Mall, 109 St. & Princess Elizabeth Ave.