Monument to pelmeni

There’s a monument to a pelmeni in Russia’s Udmurtia region. It’s 3 metres, and the pelmen’/dumpling itself is made of stone.

The word pelmen came into Russian from Finno-Ugric languages, like Udmurt. Literally means bread-ear.

The debate about the exact place of origin is still active, with Ural and Siberia both maintaining strong claims. Pelmeni have been described as “the heart of Russian cuisine.”

The P.R. department of tourism industry of Udmurtia is trying to obtain the status of the “Homeland of Pelmeni” for the region. Since 2015, the celebration of World Dumpling Day has been held in the republic of Udmurtia.

And some unusual monuments from our archives.

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