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Hi there! My name is Maxim Milyutin. I am based in Irkutsk, Russia's Siberia. Traveller, organiser of local travel talks, and owner of Irkutsk hostel. Travel for me is not necessary movement to some place far away from home, it's a state of soul. That's why I like to travel around my home region and and abroad as well. I'm happy to share my knowledge about Baikal with everybody! Feel free to ask me about Lake Baikal via the contact form Tatiana Baksheeva, our previous blog runner, remains with us as a contributor.

Baikal ‘Omul’ Whitefish

Hi! Today I’ll tell you about very famous Baikal fish in Russia, it’s Omul, also called Baikal whitefish, or stranger whitefish! You can find it everywhere at the lake, at markets, cafes and restaurants. Locals cook it in many ways, boil it (then you get local fish soup, called “yushka”), fry it. And salted omul fish is very good in salad, called “zagudai”, when except the fish you have slices of onion, pepper, salt and vegetable oil. It is traditional food fot local minority called “buryats”, originally nomads, but here they are also hunters and fishermen. But the most tasty it is hot-smoked and cold-smoked (I prefer hot!). Try it!

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