Definition of shchi in US English:



  • A type of Russian cabbage soup.

    • ‘This is sour shchi or vegetable borscht made of stewed cabbage, with mushrooms usually.’
    • ‘Another soup, shchi, was unusual and complex, made with pickled cabbage and meat.’
    • ‘So the Russians like to eat shchi (cabbage soup), especially overnight shchi and sour shchi with mushrooms cooked in baked clay pots, borshch (beetroot soup), rassolnic (salted cucumber soup), solyanka (meat or fish, salty vegetables) and other thick soups.’
    • ‘Rations would often include shchi, a type of cabbage soup, and kasha, which is boiled buckwheat.’
    • ‘In poorer households, shchi might have no ingredients other than cabbage and onions, simmered on the stove and then placed in the oven to ‘draw’ the flavors.’
    • ‘It is interesting that shchi is the most common, and yet it is borscht that is better known around the world.’
    • ‘There is also a type of shchi that includes nettles and sorrel.’
    • ‘I want to see where she served that borshch and shchi he raved about.’
    • ‘Many local restaurants serve dishes such as pelmeni, blini, and shchi (cabbage soup).’
    • ‘Then she went into the corner, took the tiny doll from her pocket, put before it a bit of bread and a little shchi that she had saved, and burst into tears.’
    • ‘Like the gathering of mushrooms and berries, the eating of prjaniki, and the consumption of shchi, the drinking of kvass in late Tsarist Russia had become a culture-laden act that helped to define one's Russianness.’