In the middle of the historical buildings and cobbled streets in the Czech Republic capital of Prague, there is so much diversity in food. While some foods are Czech in origin, some are not. But despite the origin of the food, each delicious street treat or meal in Prague may have its own little unique history. Here are five of the must-try foods in Prague.
It is worth mentioning these bread dumplings first because they are served as a side dish with almost any Czech meal in restaurants. Knedliky is a generic term for stuffed dumpling, and a variation of this word, as well as what the dumpling is stuffed with, can be found throughout Eastern Europe. While the original form of knedliky originated with the Jews in the twelfth century, the bread dumplings that Czechs love so much today originated from the Bohemian region.
Take a break from sightseeing with one of the Czech Republic’s most famous street foods, trdelník, or known by its English translation of chimney cake. A trdelník is a pastry cooked over a small charcoal fire until golden brown. It is then rolled into a sugar and cinnamon mixture. It can be eaten plain, but it is best served with toppings on the inside. Toppings include chocolate, Nutella, or more elaborate creations such as whipped cream, chocolate, and strawberries or eggnog complete with egg liquor. In the summer, it is trendy to have ice cream put inside the cakes. It is best to eat them freshly made in front of you.
These cakes are known in other areas of Eastern Europe, such as neighbouring Hungary. But the origins of trdelnik are actually in Transylvania.
Svickova is one of the most famous Czech dishes. It is served with a small beef roast served with knedliky. Sometimes a side dish of vegetables spiced with black pepper, allspice, and thyme will accompany it. A double cream sauce is served on top, and it is finally topped with a small dose of cranberry sauce. In some restaurants, underneath the cranberry sauce, you will find a pineapple slice to add some extra fruity flavor to the dish.
Most of the savoury dishes in the Czech Republic are influenced by other cultures. But svickova can very well be called the national dish of the Czech Republic because there is no other dish like it anywhere in the world.
When you think of gulas, you may think of Hungary first. But this dish, which can be a soup or a stew, has expanded to countries outside of Hungary thanks to the Austria-Hungarian empire. But the Czechs have managed to take this dish and make it their own.
Gulas is most commonly served in a bowl. Fancier restaurants will serve it in a bread bowl. Not only is eating the bread bowl that has been soaked in the meaty gulas delicious, but it also saves the restaurant money on dishes and is environmentally friendly too. The most common meat served in gulas is beef, but on rare occasions, wild game such as venison can be seen on restaurant menus.
Wild boars have been known to come too close to human civilization in the Czech Republic. Perhaps it is for this reason that they end up as a delicacy on dinner plates in restaurants. Wild boar meat can be found in gulas and other stews or as sirloin steak with potatoes or dumplings. Whichever way you eat wild boar, you will surely enjoy the juiciest cousin of the domestic pig.
With these five must-try foods in Prague, or at least the savoury ones, do not forget to wash them down with a cold Czech pilsner.
Czech cuisine is diverse even though many foods may not have their roots in the Czech Republic. But since they have become a part of what makes Czech food known to the world, these five foods cannot be missed when visiting Prague.
This article was written by Jai Schmidt
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