In Slovakia, they’re known as pirohy. In Ukraine, they’re called varenyky. But to Poland, and most of the rest of the world, they’re pierogi. The humble boiled dumplings are one of Poland’s most beloved dishes, as well as its culinary symbol across the world – homesick Poles can find satisfying pierogi everywhere from Shanghai to London.
More than just a nostalgic dish, they’re a symbol of Polish pride wherever they surface. For example, when Polish immigrants in the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries wanted to fundraise for their churches, they started selling pierogi, introducing the food to new fans. And in Canada, they’re so popular that a small village in Alberta boasts a 27ft pierogi statue in honour of the food. (In the ‘90s, their mayor even tried to get the end