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July 8, 2010

The Czech Traditional Food

 

The Czech Republic is a mix of Austrian and German traditions. Meat therefore has a crucial role in food, whereas vegetables are forgotten. The Czechs do not like cooking which is why they prefer a single meal a day; fatty and full of sauce! After a meal you will have one need: to let the wonderful food digest and to sleep! Fortunately, there is plenty of logement Prague, and there are of course, many hotel Prague line the streets. Czech culinary specialities are defiantly worth visiting Prague for! You will find some great examples of typical dishes at affordable pride.

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Starters (p?edkrmy)

One of the most famous starters is the ham in Prague (pražská šunka). There is a variety of boiled ham stuffed in whipped cream. The Czechs are not great fans of vegetables but they do love salads, notably Šopský salá; a dish with tomatoes and cucumbers covered with warm cheese. And do not miss the játra na cibulce; goose liver with onions.

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Soups (polévky)

The national soup (?eská bramborová) is made from a base of carrots, mushrooms and potatoes. It is the typical dish you will find everywhere as the Czechs always appreciate a good soup. Cabbage soup with bacon (zel?a?ka) is also very popular and for the bravest, there’s gut soup (Drstková). Very interesting I must say!

Typicals Czechs dishes (?eská národní jídla)
Generally, Czech food is all about meat (in any shape or form), served in abundance with an accompaniment. Let’s begin with the tradition, goulash. It is an integral part of Czech gastronomy although it has Hungarian origins. Goulash consists of meat (mainly beef), onions, peppers, paprika and potatoes. It is cheap and a particularly fatty dish which will delight big eaters.

Fried dishes are also popular. Almost all of the food here has its own “fried” version; whether it’s some warm cheese coated in breadcrumbs, meats coated in breadcrumbs (especially pork and chicken), fish coated in breadcrumbs and vegetables coated in breadcrumbs (mushrooms, cauliflowers etc.).

Beef is the favourite meat and therefore costs more than others. There are therefore lots of dishes to be savoured!! Amongst all of the beef dishes on offer, it is absolutely necessary to enjoy Sví?ková na smetan? (roasted beef with cream, accompanied by blueberries) and the exotic Špan?lské ptá?ky (beef mixed with bacon, eggs, onions and gherkins).

Although the meat rules in this country, fish has also been a part of Czech gastronomy for years but is generally inedible without having been fried. Carp however is very much appreciated and is generally eaten for Christmas, with grapes and walnuts.

The accompaniments
Side orders are generally not included in the price of your main meal. The 2 traditional accompaniments of Czech food are:

– knedlíky. This dish is composed of meat slices on a base of flour, egg, and bread. This dish is really fatty but it gets eaten with everything.

- bramborák. Pancakes of potatoes flavoured with marjoram.


Desserts (mou?níky)
Czech desserts don’t really have a big place in the meal taking into consideration the enormous main courses. However, you can find some desserts inspired by neighbouring countries, such as Viennese cakes and crêpes filled with fresh fruit and with whipped cream.

If you decide to visit this city, don’t go to one of the many fast food restaurants (which have invaded the city since the fall of communism), and make sure to try something new! And to stay in the centre, there are several cheap offers of accommodation available (location appartement Prague) so make the most of it.

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