In February 1981, on the corner of Khreshchatyk and Bohdana Khmelnytskoho Street, 3A (formerly Lenin Street), a small pastry stall opened to sell simple hot fast food – sausage rolls. Within less than a year Perepichka won the hearts (and stomachs) of Kyivans and visitors to the capital of all ages and all classes: pupils, students, the old, the rich and the not so rich. Today, the stall is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., and there is always a queue of impatient customers. In addition to the stall’s specialty, you can buy tea, coffee, water and soft drinks here. Experts say that this love for Perepichka pretty much stems from the aroma: the scent of hot, fried dough is incredibly tempting and lures customers from far away. But the saleswomen believe that the real reason is the special talent of the chef. A sausage roll on average weighs 150-200 grams, 75%. of it being the fried dough. But despite its delicious taste, value and nourishment, nutritionists recommend cutting back the consumption of this fast food. Perepichka foods are very high in calories and contain potentially harmful ingredients because they are fried in oil.
The location of Kyivska Perepichka.
The Kyivska Perepichka stalls can be found all over the city. Near Minska and Pochayna metro stations, on Kurenevsky market, etc. But these newer establishments have little in common with the original stall on the corner of Bohdana Khmelnytskoho Street and Khreshchatyk. Though Perepichka has no Facebook page, its brand awareness is widespread throughout the capital city and far beyond.
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