Diner E hooked us up a few days ago with this incredibly onolicious signature Russian street food called Piroscki, otherwise spelled Pirozhki, from this place called Rada’s Piroscki, located in Fort Street Mall in Downtown Honolulu. Rada’s is actually inside Vicky’s Filipino Food, so it’s like a two-in-one joint.
Photo courtesy of Yelp
Rada’s Piroscki are available in three choices:
• Beef, Cheese & Mushroom
• Beef, Cheese & Cabbage
• Chicken, Cheese & Mushroom
Think Malasadas-meets-Manapua, and that’s pretty much a Russian Piroscki, a.k.a. Pirozhki. Which are essentially bread dough that’s stuffed with seasoned ground or shredded meat, cheese and/or veggies, then deep-fried until “GBD”. I repeat, DEEP-FRIED. Not steamed or baked, being the most common, but DEEP-FRIED. Which is key to its most decadently onolicious texture and flavah!
The deep-fried bread’s flavor profile is fairly neutral, not being particularly sweet, while coming across mildly salty, in a very good way. Texture-wise, it’s airy, yet full-bodied and very glutenous, with a wonderful “chew” to it. While the crunchy “GBD” crust is pretty much like Andagi. In fact, overall, I’d say this is like the perfect hybrid of Andagi and Malasada, albeit, not that sweet.
The savory, somewhat cheesy, “mushroomy” filling doesn’t have any pronounced unusual spices in it, however it is seasoned well and thoroughly cooked super tender and super moist… and tasting well, super meaty, having a fantastically satisfying contrast to the deep-fried bread encasing it.
All I gotta’ say is, OMG, Piroscki for the win! I can’t even put into words how so, so “vkusna” (“delicious” in Russian) this stuff is!
And incredibly, as large as these massive baked potato-sized ‘n weighed Piroscki are, they’re only $1.90 each! Shoots, I’d just as well take a dozen Piroscki over Manapua any day! Just don’t tell my doctor or the scale that. lol
Diner E also got a plate of Rada’s Fried Squid, which I thought tasted a little too “fishy” than squid should taste, even while being masked in the deep-fried batter and vinegar sauce. I take it this is a Filipino thing, as the owners of Rada’s are.
Summing it up, Rada’s Piroscki are super tasty in an oh-so-rich ‘n decadent way, coming across like a Manapua-meets-Malasada on Kremlin steroids from Moscow. And with that, after the first and final bite, they’ll be totally kickin’ your Putin’s Ruble-lovin’ socks off! They’re certainly unique, and a total MUST-TRY! Winnahz! ;-)
1113 Fort St Mall
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tel. (808) 533-2388
The Tasty Island rating:
(4) Excellent. Worth another visit or purchase. (Winnahz!)