KLP International Deli has been in business since the late '90s and has locations in St Kilda and Moorabbin. Both have a smorgasbord of local products in their range, and others are shipped from Russia, Ukraine and Bulgaria. Their deli counters are well stocked with soft and hard imported cheeses. And their smallgoods cater to Russia's love of a slice or two of pariser (a meat mixture that's often seasoned with pepper and ginger). KLP's pariser is available in store in chicken, veal, mushroom or paprika varieties. For the fish fans, they provide vacuum-packed herring, jars of pickled seafood cocktails and many dried fish varieties, including bream. On the shelves, they have many tinned fish preserves as well, all of which go down well with a shot of vodka (thanks to KLP's liquor licence). For those who prefer cooking from scratch, they also sell imported sunflower oil, condiments, herbs and spices. Sweets fans can also get amongst lollies, chocolates and traditional biscuits. They also sell zefir, which is a traditional Russian type of marshmallow that is made from whipped fruit, puree, sugar and eggs whites.
Melbourne has a thriving Eastern European community, thanks to the wave of migrants who arrived in the 1970s and '80s. As a result, we can find plenty of locals stocking up on familiar flavours at a variety of delis in Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs.
Russian cuisine is typically hearty and comforting due to the long winters. The cooking tends to feature starch heavily, coupled with pickles, cured meats, beetroot and cabbage. So whether you're an experienced cook or like taking culinary adventures, these Russian delis will provide ingredients for a Russian feast.