Traditional Czech Food

Svickova na smetane - typical Czech dish Lately I wrote an article What to drink in the Czech Republic?, now, lets have a look at food – what is considered to be traditional Czech food? If you ask some Czech person, the most probable answer you will get is “vepro-knedlo-zelo“ (a shortcut for veprove – knedliky – zeli, in English pork – dumplings – sauerkraut). This meal is pretty heavy and fatty, but many people find it really tasty and it perfectly goes with delicious Czech beer.

In general, meals that are considered to be a part of traditional Czech cuisine usually do not suit well for a healthy diet. But it does not mean that Czechs do not eat healthy food, or you would not get it in local restaurants. There are even many old-times recipes for meals considered to be healthy, which are still used today. But among all those “traditional meals“ those fatty and heavy are the most popular.

Beside “vepro-knedlo-zelo“, there is “gulas“ (goulash) for example. It is usually made of pork of beef, served most often with dumplings (but instead of them can be used potatoes or just a piece of bread). And again, the best drink to be drunk with “gulas“ is of course beer.

Then, there is “pecena kachna“ (roast duck), which is best to be served with dumplings and sauerkraut, and obviously with beer. Another popular Czech meal is “svickova na smetane“ (beef meat with gravy, topped with cream, slice of lemon and cranberry jam; see the picture). And if you want to try something without meat – there is “smazeny syr“ (fried cheese, served mostly with boiled potatoes or chips).

In most of pubs, you can also get one of two Czech specialties popular as “something small with beer“ – one of those cold meals is “nakladaný hermelin“ (camembert in oil), the other one is called “utopenec“ (which translated into English means “a drowned man“, it is sausage in pickle with onion), both of these are served just with slices of bread.

And from sweet dishes – very popular are “ovocne knedliky“ (fruit dumpling, can be filled with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, apricots, apples…) or “palacinky“ (pancakes, as filling can be used chocolate, fruits, ice-cream, topped with cream).

Traditional Czech cuisine offers a wide range meals, this was just a brief overview, but I am sure, that those who are interested will easily find out more.

Aug 14, 17:49 (Filed under: Advice )

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