RUSSIA – A Russian restaurant in a Moscow suburb is using Russian-made tea cakes to celebrate Russian independence.
The Rizi Restaurant opened a restaurant in the heart of the Russian capital in March, and it is offering customers a free taste of Russian cuisine.
Its owners, Vladimir Semyonov and Yevgeniy Vorobyov, have been offering the free tea cakes for more than a year, saying they were inspired by the “great history” of the Soviet Union and its communist revolution.
Vorobyov says the tea cakes were made in the 1920s by the Cheka, a secret police unit responsible for crushing resistance to Soviet rule in Russia’s industrial northeast.
They have become popular with Russians because they are cheap, simple, and tasty, he said.
He said they were also made with traditional ingredients, such as tea leaves, dried flowers and grains, salt and sugar.
The Cheka used tea leaves and flowers in order to keep their men away from the rebels, he told The Associated Press.
One cake, he says, has the shape of a tea spoon and a little hole in the middle.
I hope the cakes will inspire people, he added.
Another cake is shaped like a cup.
Semyonova says the cakes have also attracted customers who come to order a traditional drink, Russian tea, which has a distinctive taste of green tea.
But he says the quality of the cakes has been good and the customer service has been excellent.
We hope the tea will be good as well, he predicted.