By Michael Dehoyos
Ever wondered what kind of cuisine you’d find in the Czech Republic? If you’re a foodie, a traveler … or both, then the Czech Republic is one place in the world to check out!
In this article, we’ll hook you up with a list of 10 of the most popular traditional foods to try when you visit Czech!
“Goulash is a traditional Czech food that’s most popular during the winter,” says Jason Normandy, a travel writer at 1 Day 2 write and Write my X. “The dish consists of stewed beef or pork in thick meat stew, seasoned well with paprika.”
Goulash is best made and served at the Czech Slovak in the Czech Republic.
Vepřo Knedlo Zelo
Another one of the country’s national dishes, Vepřo knedlo zelo is a roast pork and cabbage dish served with hearty dumplings. The pork is served with an onion and caraway gravy. Czech people either eat this with red cabbage or sauerkraut, which create a sweet and sour zest in the dish.
The best version – and most traditional – of this dish is served at Lokál in Czech.
Kulajda is a cream soup consisting of mushrooms and potatoes, which bring the added sweetness and savory goodness to this traditional soup dish, plus some dill and poached quail’s egg added on top.
Kulajda is best served at the Kozlovna U Paukerta restaurant, where they take traditions seriously, especially with food.
Bramboráky are traditional Czech potato pancakes made from shredded potatoes, crushed garlic, milk, cumin, marjoram, flour, eggs, salt, and pepper. The ingredients are then made into a dough, and then fried in a pan until they’re golden crisp on both sides. It’s a popular street food in Czech, unless you go to restaurants like Kantýna, where they pair this dish with goulash and a cold beer.
Tatarák is a dish that consists of raw minced beef (or pork) mixed with diced onion, egg yolk, paprika, pepper, salt, mustard, cucumber, and tomato sauce. It’s best served with fried toast and garlic. And, a cold beer would do nicely with this dish. Just visit the restaurant Středověká krčma, where they serve the best Tatarák!
Česnečka, one of the oldest soups in Czech history, is a garlic-based soup that has a raw egg as its topper. If desired, you can add bits of sausage, pork, or cheese to the dish, like the Czechs do.
Want a taste? Then head over to the Tradice Original Czech Restaurant, where they serve the best Česnečka.
Moravský vrabec, or “Moravian sparrow,” is a wholesome dish originating from the Moravian region of Slovakia. Made with dumplings and sauerkraut, the chunks of meat (pork shoulder) are marinated and then roasted. There are two variants:
- Bread dumplings and red cabbage, OR
- Potato dumplings and white cabbage
Moravian Sparrow is best served at the Stopkova Plzeňská Pivnice.
Another traditional dessert, Ovocné knedlíky is essentially boiled fruit dumplings made with either potato or leavened dough. Inside the dumplings, there will be fruit (plum or strawberry), served with hot butter or curd cheese.
Restaurants like Na Kopci serve the best Ovocné knedlíky, the way tradition intended!
“Trdelník is one of the most popular desserts in Czech,” says Arthur Stone, a lifestyle blogger at Brit Student and Next Coursework. “The pastry is either baked or grilled, after the dough is wrapped around a metal or wooden stick, and topped with sugar, nuts, and cinnamon.”
Modern versions of this dessert can be made with either ice cream or Nutella. Check out Prague’s Good Food, Coffee and Bakery for the best trdelník, or find it at food markets and street vendors in Czech.
Finally, another great dessert to try in Czech Republic is Koláče – a colorful pastry filled with fruit (apricots or prunes) or other fruit jams. Like any other comfort food, they’re also served as holiday delights or at gatherings. Plus, this pastry will only taste authentic when using traditional spices such as nutmeg and mace.
The best Koláče is served at Nota Bene, where traditions are long-lasting and delicious.
So, there you have it! If you’re looking for traditional foods in the world, then head over to the Czech Republic for the most authentic foods. Try these 10 Czech dishes, and let the tastes and wonder fill your culinary delights!
Michael Dehoyos is a travel writer and editor at Dissertation writing service and Academic Brits. He is also a contributing writer at Case study help. As a content marketer, he helps companies improve their marketing strategies and concepts.