Czech cuisine is quite delicious and its fame is attested by most travelers who throng the capital city Prague which is a top tourist destination in Europe.
There is a Czech saying that sums the importance of food, “Láska prochází žaludkem.” Translated into English it means “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”
Czech cuisine is noted for its significant meat-base and fusion of the flavors of Eastern and West Europe. Czechs can take credit for being the originators of many popular cakes and pastries thriving in Europe.
Wintertime shows a high demand for hearty Czech soups. Food lovers are also enamored by the thick Czech sauces covering stewed vegetables, baked meats with the lacing of creams.
These staples are best eaten with a bottle of beer. Here we are taking a look at some of the highly popular Czech foods.
Kulajda polévka is a traditional Czech soup noted for both sweet and sour taste coming from the cream and mushrooms making up the dish. It also contains potatoes, dill, and a poached egg. A drizzle of thick green sunflower oil as the top can add more richness.
Beef Steak Tartare
This is a famous traditional Czech food and is called the undisputed king of the “snacks that go well with beer.” The steak tartare comprises sliced raw beef, minced and served with condiments with an egg on top.
Usually, this is taken with toasted bread and a clove of garlic. Olive oil is used for toasting bread. To make the dish yummy, French-style steak tartare is mixed.
Sekaná pečeně (Baked mincemeat)
This meatloaf combines half pork and half beef and is minced with slices of bacon, onions, and garlic. The herbs include marjoram and parsley.
Buchty is a sought after sweet yeast dough buns. It has mythological mentions in which heroes of fairy tales supposed to have packed them on their journeys and expeditions.
This sweet, energizing, delicious and entirely Czech sweet dish is an all-rounder and is good for breakfast, and can serve as coffee time snack as well. The plum jam buchty version is also famous and served with melted butter and melting ice-cream.
This cream-stuffed puff pastry is hard to resist. It is made of puff pastry roll and fillings include whipped cream and meringue. It will be dusted with powdered sugar.
Ečená kachna se zelím
This is a thin slice of duck breast and a red cabbage stuffed dumpling. Amazingly tasty as the massive confited duck leg swims in melty-sweet red cabbage and boiled bread dumplings. If taken with dark beer it will give a great dining experience.
Goulash is a popular Czech beef stew and is in demand at many Central European states. Mushroom goulash version leverages the Czechs’ knack for mushroom picking. A range of mushrooms will be present in the mixture with the best flavors and textures.