Many people would say that Ajdovi žganci, the humble Slovenian meal whose name translates as 'buckwheat spoonbread', is the national dish of Slovenia. Originally a hearty breakfast providing local farmers with enough energy to spend half a day working their land, it is now a popular dish any time of the day. Each region in Slovenia has its own variety, but the basics are the same.
At its core, Ajdovi žganci is nothing more than a mix of buckwheat and water, which used to be a bread replacement. Nowadays, this type of buckwheat porridge is often served with sauerkraut, bacon, and/or grilled sausages. It is the ultimate Slovenian comfort food for chilly days in the Slovenian Alps.
It surely is one of those Slovenian dishes you'll find on every restaurant menu across the country. But, like all traditional Slovenian food, every place will have its own proud twist.