Iwona’s Pierogies – A Dumpling by any Other Name
If you’ve ever driven down Twentieth Street in New Westminster, you know that there always seems to be a lineup of cars waiting to merge onto the Queensborough Bridge. It was during one such lineup that I noticed a small little shop advertising pierogies.
I decided to return for a visit during lunch and found the interior to be a bit charming – like eating at your grandmother’s place. Well, not my grandmother in particular (elderly Chinese people tend to have different tastes in decor)… but what I imagined someone else’s grandmother’s place would look like.
The first thing that I noticed was that they had about 16 different varieties of pierogies to choose from – who knew there were so many choices? I picked the 4 pierogies, cabbage roll, and sausage combo for $13 and added the red borscht for an extra $3.
The thing you need to know about borscht is that it can cause some pretty serious stains if you’re not careful (and I tend to be a bit clumsy while I eat). Still, I decided to throw caution to the wind. The soup comes with a dollop of sour cream and uszka (little ear-shaped dumplings) along with diced beets. The soup was both hot and filling.
For my pierogies, I decided on the Russian variety – potato, farm cheese, and onions. When my dish finally arrived (it was slow coming out), I was hit with the aroma of fresh dill. The food was quite good – the combo came with sour cream, mustard, onions, and bacon as well as a small salad. In truth, however, I don’t think that I would have been able to tell the difference between the different varieties of pierogies.
I enjoyed my first visit so much that I decided to come back for a revisit and bring my better half. She decided to order exactly what I ordered previously.
Wanting to try something different, I opted for the 6 pierogies with potato salad for $13. This time around, I picked the potato, cheddar, onions, and bacon filling. Unfortunately, they got my order wrong so I had to wait even longer for my meal to arrive. When it finally did arrive at the table, I was glad to see that the pierogies were just as tender as I expected.
Be forewarned, service here is slow… but if you don’t mind the wait, the pierogies are pretty good.
806 20th Street
New Westminster, BC