Are you going to Hungary or planning on doing so in the near future? Hungarian food is tasty – really tasty and these are 11 of the foods you should try when visiting this great country.
#1 Goulash Soup
This is easily the most popular ambassador of Hungarian cuisine internationally. This soup is laced with paprika and has cubes of beef, potatoes, and other veggies. Known around the world, it was once a diet staple of local shepherds. Many homes in the country still eat this every day. Spice it up to your own level of taste using tableside hot paprika paste.
This is a type of pasta made with fresh eggs. It can be served as a savoury or sweet dish. It’s very similar to a German spaeztle. It’s really easy to make your own with a tasty spaeztle recipe.
#3 Mangalitsa Pork
Somewhat close to black-hoofed Ibericos, the Mangalitsas are a truly cherished pig breed, renown for curly ‘fleece’ and deeply marbled meat. Michelin-rated eateries around the globe serve Mangalitsa on a routine basis. However, since they come originally from Hungary, you can feast your heart out on this delicacy in the capital for decent prices.
#4 Foie Gras
This probably makes you think of French cuisine. However, Hungary is second only to France as a producer of this. Many high-end restaurants like to serve this particular delicacy as one of their appetizers. It’s usually paired with some fruit jam, which matches the buttery textures and rich flavors of fattened duck livers. It’s not cheap, but getting foie gras here is going to be cheaper than nearly anywhere else on the planet.
#5 Schnitzel (aka rántott hús)
This breaded veal cutlet started along the Italian-Austrian border, but it’s also spread elsewhere, including Hungarian homes, where it’s often found with Sunday family dining. When it’s done well, a thin and crispy crust is hiding the soft and juicy meat. Veal escalopes are called for in the original recipe, but local restaurants have variations including chicken breast, cordon bleu, and even pork loin.
#6 Fishermans’s Soup (aka halászlé)
This is the country’s version of bouillabaisse, and there are numerous regional variants. A thick broth is made from many different fish, before it turns somewhat crimson in color after being strengthened with paprika. This December holiday favorite is traditionally served up with oily, tender carp fillets.
#7 Cabbage Rolls (aka töltött káposzta)
Cabbage rolls are highly enjoyable in winter across much of Central and Eastern Europe. What makes the Hungarian version great? A sauerkraut bed with quite a bit of sour cream on top.
#8 Green Pea Stew (aka zöldborsó főzelék)
Whether it’s peas, lentil, squash, cabbage, spinach, or potato, Hungary is infatuated with veggie stews, and as a result, they’ve come up with some tasty dishes. This can be a main course by itself, just paired with some thick bread. However, common toppings include sausage, meatballs, and hard-boiled eggs.
#9 Roasted Sausage
This one can work for any meal of the day, and locals of all economic classes love this lip-smacking comfort food. A good slice of bread, coleslaw, and a good volume of mustard go great with these.
#10 Pörkölt & Paprikash
This is the vibrant center of Magyar cuisine. They both have onions, tomato, and paprika aplenty in them. The primary difference is that the first uses venison, pork, and beef, while the second usually has chicken or veal with sour cream. Both do their best if served with galuska (aka egg dumplings).
This is something of a generic term for dishes made with a sweet-tart orange-hued veggie sauce that has sugar, lemon, mustard seeds, celery roots, parsnips, and carrots. It’s commonly served with bread dumplings and vadas marha (aka slow-cooked beef).