Ukrainian Vlogger's First Taste of Vada Pav in Goa Goes Viral

As Svitlana expressed her delight to the shopkeeper, he introduced himself as Rupesh, stating, “My name is Rupesh, and we have been running this shop for 40–50 years. We are very renowned in Goa.” Amidst her conversation, a local customer, also enjoying vada pav, offered to settle her bill. Read More

Screengrab from the viral video
Screengrab from the viral video.
Ukrainian vlogger, Svitlana Haienko, currently residing in Goa, had her first taste of vada pav at a local eatery, capturing the experience in an Instagram video. What surprised her was a customer's unexpected offer to pay for her meal, along with an explanation.
As Svitlana expressed her delight to the shopkeeper, he introduced himself as Rupesh, stating, “My name is Rupesh, and we have been running this shop for 40–50 years. We are very renowned in Goa.” Amidst her conversation, a local customer, also enjoying vada pav, offered to settle her bill.
Despite Svitlana's initial refusal, the man insisted, citing, “You are from Ukraine, no? We support you.”

In her Instagram post, Svitlana expressed her astonishment at the taste of vada pav, stating, “Once I tasted Vada Pav, I immediately understood why it is so famous in India. It's very tasty and soft on the outside.” She also admired the shop's longevity, deeming it a significant achievement.
Reflecting on the customer's gesture, she added, “It was surprising to see an Indian man owning the shop for around 50 years, which is remarkable. Additionally, it was heartening to witness a customer paying my bill, expressing support for Ukraine.”
In the comments section, followers suggested places for Svitlana to explore in India, including a visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra and trying Amritsari Kulcha in Punjab.
With over 49,000 Instagram followers, Svitlana Haienko frequently shares vlogs of her Indian experiences.
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