First, let us admit that Hungarians love eating. As a matter of fact, the Hungarian cuisine is way more than goulash and paprika; nevertheless tradition plays an important role in Hungarian cooking. Today, it offers a vivid fusion of authentic and modern dishes.
Hungary, situated in the heart of Europe, has a wealth of culture and history. Besides unique ingredients – such as Mangalica pork, goose or duck liver – exciting creations attract foodies and connoisseurs from all over the world.
Here is a list with some of our authentic Hungarian meals one should not miss when visiting our country:
- starters: foie gras, sausages (hurka, kolbász), pancake Hortobágyi style (palacsinta), cold ones include paprika cheese spread (körözött) with a crescent roll (kifli) or soft scone (pogácsa)
- soups: gulyás, fish soup (halászlé), broth/consommé (húsleves), cold fruit soup
- snacks: deep fried flat bread with garlic/sour cream/cheese (lángos), chimney cake (kürtőskalács)
- main dishes: stuffed cabbage with sour cream (töltött káposzta), stew (pörkölt) made from beef/chicken/gizzard/pork/venison or even vegetable stew (lecsó)
- side dishes: potato in various forms, small dumplings like noodles (nokedli), egg barley (tarhonya) and in addition to these, pickles (savanyúság)
- when it comes to extras, sour cream, hot/sweet paprika are also on the table
- desserts: cottage cheese dumplings, dumplings filled with plums (túró/szilvásgombóc), Gundel pancake (palacsinta), strudel with apple/quark/poppy seed/cherry filling (rétes), Somlói trifle (Somlói galuska), chestnut purée (gesztenyepüré)