Russian restaurant menus change “Chicken Kyiv” to “Chicken Donbass”
Restaurant menus were posted on Twitter, indicating changes to listings for “kyiv cutlet” – the Russian name for the world-famous garlic-stuffed chicken dish.
Some establishments appear to have changed the name to “Donbass cutlet”, referring to a region of Ukraine that is home to two pro-Russian breakaway regions recognized by the Kremlin. Meanwhile, others seem to have dubbed the meal a “druzhba” (friendship) cutlet.
Another menu shows the dish – which is chicken breast stuffed with garlic butter and coated in breadcrumbs – called simply “butter chicken cutlet”.
In Poland, the popular dumpling dish “ruskie pierogi” – dumplings with cheese and potato – was renamed in many places “ukraińskie pierogi” in response to the war.
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The origins of Chicken Kyiv have long been disputed. The Russian Teahouse cookbook says the dish was “most likely” a creation of French chef Marie-Antoine Carême at the court of Russian Emperor Alexander I in the early 1800s.
Earlier this month, Sainsbury’s became the first UK supermarket to rename its chicken kyiv dish “Chicken Kyiv” in support of Ukraine following a social media campaign. Kyiv, the name of the capital of Ukraine, is a spelling derived from the Ukrainian language name, while Kyiv comes from the name of the city in Russian.
In 2003, some American restaurants renamed the fries “freedom fries” in political response to France’s opposition to plans to invade Iraq.