Best Train Food Ever

Tasty, healthy and super easy to prepare. Get it as soon as you reach Irkutsk city. Great for all kinds of travel. Fall in love with your Trans-Siberian Train even more.

The following information significantly improves the quality of your train travel and other trips in Russia, Mongolia, and China.

Made in Irkutsk, here space technologies meet the best culinary traditions.

Made in the downtown of Irkutsk. Factory’s high tech kitchen is inside a traditional Siberian mansion. Design of the 19th century.

Factory of Healthy Food (Irkutsk)

The Product

It is a soft container 15 x 20 cm (6 x 7 in) made of hard metal-plastic material. Designed to keep the meal inside for 1 year.

The meal that is inside is ready to eat.



300 grams per pack

  • Borscht
  • Pea soup with smoked meat
  • Mushroom cream-soup
  • Chichen soup
  • Kharcho
  • Lentil soup
  • French cream-soup
  • Spinach cream-soup

Main meal

300 grams per pack

  • Pilaf with beef
  • Chicken with vegetables
  • Salmon in cream sauce
  • Pork stew
  • Buckwheat with vegetables and liver
  • Buckwheat with vegetables and mushrooms
  • Korean chicken stomachs
  • Thai chicken wings
  • Sweet-and-sour chicken and pineapple
  • Chakhokhbili
  • Lobio


250 grams per pack

  • Carbonara
  • Bolognese
  • Mushrooms
  • Teriyaki


Just warm up the container. It is super easy, but don’t use a microwave oven, the packing material contains metal.

Boiling in water is a good option

Tip: On the train, use a hot water boiler which is in every wagon and is free for all. Just put packs on top of the boiler, 3 minutes should be enough, 4 packs usually fit just perfect. Keep them up there for more time, if you like your soup to be hot. Be careful, in some trains the top of the boiler is very hot!

It tastes really good

More information

A unique product, cooked from natural ingredients. No chemical preservatives are used. It is the technology of cooking and packing that keeps food good for 1 year.

The package will keep your food safe in a wide range of temperatures from -30 to +50 Celcius. The material is hard to break and it can be transported in very difficult conditions.

Where to get

In Irkutsk, this product is sold in Slata (Слата) supermarkets. They are located all over the city and usually work 24 hours every day. Angara Hotel, Karl Marx Steet, 130-th District all these and many other locations have Slata supermarket where Factory’s products can be found.

Factory’s stand in Slata supermarket

Welcome to visit Factory of Healthy Food, doors are open from AM 10:00 to PM 6:00 every working day, closed on Saturday and Sunday. Availability is usually much better at the Factory and the price is lower.

Russian name: Фабрика Здоровой Еды
Pronunciation: Fábrika Zdoróvoi Yedí
Meaning: Factory of Healthy Food

Address: Тимирязева, 5Б (Timiryazeva 5B)

Enjoy your meal.


Digitally-guided Irkutsk

During these days everybody has a powerful tool in their hand. And it comes in very handy when you travel. How can you travel without it now?

Now its the new level. We have apps which become guides to the cities we visit. And this is great!

All these products are still kind of raw, and time will pass when they will be full of content, or other powerful players will enter the market.

Here is an example 1

And here is an example 2

Check out two different approaches. Both projects have apps both for Android and Apple.

I like the idea that anybody can create his own tour. It is like the youtube for local guides. Let’s see how it is developing.


Omul fish

Omul is the type of fish that lives in Lake Baikal. It is an endemic species. And this is the most popular and the tastiest fish from the Lake.

Grilled Omul

On this image, you see the grilled Omul. A very fast and delicious way to cook fish from Lake Baikal.


Russian Spicy Mustard

There is not much spicy food in Russia. Usually, people just add fresh garlic or onions to their meals. But be careful, homemade spicy mustard is as spicy as Japanese wasabi. Usually spicy mustard is served as a sauce for lard or meat jelly. Some people who like a lot of spicy put mustard on a piece of bread.

Try just a little bit in the beginning. Because if used too much it may hurt a lot. Sometimes people even cry and become and have a red face.

A spoonful of spicy mustard

Usually, 1 tablespoon is enough for several people. The potency of mustard is defined by its freshness. If mustard is purchased in the shop it will never be as spicy as fresh homemade.


Taxi in Russia

How to use taxi services in Russia? Is there Uber in Russia?

There is a very simple solution. Using the application on your smartphone you can easily call for a taxi in almost every city in Russia. It is very similar to Uber, it is called Yandex Taxi. Application is available for Android and iOS.

Yandex is one of Russia’s top IT companies, they develop services similar to Google. It is a trustworthy application which is very popular right now in all Russia.

Don’t worry, it is well translated into English. Prepare small change to pay for your rides without extra, because often drivers don’t have enough change. Or simply use the card to pay online in the application. Payment happens when you finish your ride, and you can even tip the driver with one tap on the screen if you like.

Enjoy your rides in Russia.


Baikal Jet Fest

On August 2 and 3, 2019, an international aquabike festival will be held.

The second international Baikal Jet Fest aquabike festival will be held on August 2 and 3 in Irkutsk, in the water area near the Angara icebreaker. Amateurs, athletes, reigning champions and freestyle stars will come to Baikal from 15 countries to show their skills and exciting stunts on jet skis and flyboards.

Russia will be represented by more than 40 athletes from all over the country, including Primorye. And the festival will end with a unique night flyboard show with flamethrowers and concerts of stars.

Their participation in the event was confirmed by the world stars of a jetski: Rashid Ali Al-Mulla (UAE), Alessander Lenzi (Brazil), Tanner Thomas (USA), Niels Willems (Belgium), Abraham Hochstrasser (Mexico), and world champion Lee Stone ( Great Britain).

Competitions will be held in three spectacular disciplines:

  • Circuit racing (race with a common start),
  • Slalom (time trial with two athletes),
  • Freestyle (demonstration of tricks).

On the official website of the festival you can still have time to apply for participation. For the audience there are many entertainment areas that will operate on both days of the festival. Active fans are waiting for the SUP RACE BJF support race. You can participate alone, as a couple, as a company or as a family. Register online at A series of workshops awaits professional athletes from Nikita Martyanov, 13-time champion of Russia, European champion and bronze medalist of the World Wakeboard Championship, as well as the current world champion in aquabike Lee Stone. Anyone can attend the event as a spectator for free from 11:00 in the morning until the evening. See you on August 2 and 3!


Lake Baikal Quick Start


Traveling to Russia it is necessary to visit Lake Baikal. Lake Baikal trips usually start in Irkutsk city which is 70 kilometers away from the Lake. Irkutsk is located in the middle of Russia, almost equally remote from West and East ends.

Moscow to Irkutsk

It is very popular to take Transsiberian Railroad from West of Russia to Asia. Usually from Moscow to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia or even Beijing in China, with various stops along the way. And Irkutsk is the most popular because of Lake Baikal.

Irkutsk to Asia

The same route but backward from China and Mongolia to Europe is also very popular.

Irkutsk is accessible by airplane from Moscow, Bangkok, Beijing, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. Also from other major cities in Russia.

Lake Baikal

There are several most popular destinations on Lake Baikal available from Irkutsk city:

  1. Listvyanka settlement
  2. Olkhon Island
  3. Circumbaikal Railroad
  4. Arshan (Tunka valley)
Most popular destinations on Lake Baikal

Listvyanka is an only 1-hour drive from Irkutsk. Located right on the shore of Lake Baikal. Very popular village especially on weekend. Irkutsk Free Tour offers 1-day tour to Lake Baikal, that includes a visit to Listvyanka.

Olkhon Island is a very beautiful location that gives a presentation of all Lake Baikal nature and types of landscapes. about 6-hour drive from Irkutsk. Check out itineraries of 1 and more days tours to the island. As well as there is a self-guided tour to Olkhon Island. Olkhon Island is the number one location in this area. Extremely popular in summer and winter season.

Circumbaikal Railroad is a small railroad along the shore of the lake, it is one of the most beautiful railroad rides in the world. There is a nice 2-day tour to this railroad with an overnight in a village on the shore of Lake Baikal.

Arshan and Tunka valley are popular among local people due to the clear nature, mountain air, and clean waters. The abundance of mineral hot and cold water springs. Irkutsk Free Tour offers 1- and 2-day tours to Arshan, and it looks like it is the most popular during recent years.

This is it for the most popular locations on Lake Baikal. Feel free to ask questions. We will talk about less popular but also great locations in future posts.


Irkutsk to Lake Baikal

Irkutsk city is only 70 km away from Listvyanka, a small settlement on the shore of Lake Baikal. Listvyanka is the most popular destination, because of the distance, the most crowded in summer. Don’t be scared, there are still moments when a traveler can enjoy a quiet moment with nature.

Ship near Listvyanka

Usually, it is a day trip to Listvyanka from Irkutsk. Guided in a private car or solo trip on a public minibus. Both can be fun and exciting if this is the first time for you to meet with Baikal.

It is even possible to go to cape Khoboy on Olkhon Island in 1 day and see the widest place of Baikal. It will be a tough trip, about 15 hours, but it is worth it if you are ok with a lot of car time.

The road to Olkhon Island itself is an adventure. Steppes and mountains, rivers and small lakes on the way. 2-kilometer ferry ride across Olkhon Gates straight and then an offroad adventure on the Island.

Cape Khoboy

Outdoor picnic lunch in a beautiful location makes the day. 360 degrees panoramic views are mindblowing.

Another one-day destination is Arshan settlement 120 km away from the south shore of Lake Baikal. Arshan is located at the feet of the mountains that form part of Sayan mountain range.

Road to the south from Irkutsk to Kultuk village is also called Kultuk road, one of the hardest part of the federal road from Moscow to Vladivostok. It is the beginning of the federal road Baikal, from Irkutsk to Chita city with Ulan-Ude city in the middle.

Road to Arshan

Road to Arshan from Kultuk goes through Tunka valley, surrounded by mountains it connects Baikal and Mongolian Lake Khuvsugul. The Sayan Mountains in the north and Khamar Daban Mountain range in the south. Mountains surround the valley of the sleeping volcanoes, mountain rivers, and healing water springs, this makes the location popular among Russian people.


Evening Irkutsk Free Tour

Good news, everyone. Now we have additional time for Irkutsk Free Tour. You can book the tour or join one that starts at PM 6:00 Explore the city during the end of the day. It is a rush hour in Irkutsk and it gets quiet on the streets after 2 hours. Enjoy an interesting walk through the city with a local guide following morning Irkutsk Free Tour itinerary with a little change. Book now online.