Top 10 foods of the Czech Republic
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Czech cuisine has influenced the foods of its adjoining countries and has also taken some part of their local foods but Czech food is rarely available outside the country. Sweet dishes like cakes and pastries which are famous in Europe, most of them have originated from the Czech Republic. Czech food consists of three courses 1st is soup, 2nd is the main course, and the last comes to the desserts. Czech Cuisine is more meat than past and the main meat used is pork as compared to beef or lamb may be because pork takes less production time than beef. Traditional dishes of the Czech Republic made with meat are generally used on weekends.
Steamed and sliced bread also known as dumplings is the main side dish of the Czech Republic and served with main dishes. They can be wheat or potato-based and sometimes also cooked with a combination of flour and stale bread. Dumplings can be made with eggs. Bread is generally made with rye or wheat and for taste salt, seeds or butter is added. Soups play a major role and almost served in every restaurant. The majority of soups you will find is made with beef or chicken. Vegetarian soups are made with vegetable broths or noodles. Soups are generally served with sausages, eggs, or cheese.
Most dishes available in this country are based on meat but in recent times restaurants are trying to use new styles and vegetables. Czech soda and cold beer are liked with dishes by locals. Czech sweets are quite famous, so make sure to make room after eating dinner if you want a complete taste of Czech food.
VeproKnedloZelo (Pork with bread dumplings)
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It is the most common dish of the Czech Republic and is available in every restaurant. This dish is made of roasted pork slices and bread dumplings. Dumplings also served the purpose of soaking the gravy made from pork drippings. Some of the good VeproKnedloZelo is available in Prague but you can find it on almost every menu throughout the country.
SmazenySyr (Fried cheese)
A dish of the Czech Republic made with fried cheese and served with salad or French fries. This dish is originated in the 20th century when there was a shortage of food. So, in Czech, it is quite common to find unusual dishes like Smazeny Syr. A block of fried Edam cheese, French fries, and sauces like tartar or mayonnaise are used in this Czech food. With time Czech has expanded its food options but Smazeny is still considered a full dinner option for vegetarians and is available at every vegetarian restaurant. Quite common in Prague and Ostrava it is also easily available at street vendors.
SvickovanaSmetane (Beef with cream)
This dish of the Czech Republic is quite famous and the two main ingredients are beef and cream sauces. Vegetables, roots are used much in the Czech diet. A perfect example of it is Svickova, a heavy dish with rich flavor. Vegetables are roasted and then made into the sauce to pour on beef sirloin. For garnishing, this cream is used. Karlovy Vary’sSvickova is a unique Czech food and liked by tourists.
Czech is a country not having sea waters, that’s why seafood is not common here but carp is a freshwater fish farmed locally and is a must-have dish at Christmas. Locals here buy live fish from the market and keep it alive in their homes by putting them in their bathtubs. The holiday season of Christmas is the best time to have Carp (also known as Kapr in some areas). People even go fishing their own Carp in the Trebon region, a place where most of the carp are farmed. The most famous carp dish of the Czech Republic is fish chips used both in local eateries and homes.
If you are not afraid of the stink, then you can try this cheese. It is named after the town in which it was first produced. It is a soft cheese of yellow color with a strong flavor of the earth. This cheese is digestive and healthy in comparison to other dairy products, but developing a taste for it is necessary. It is used commonly in sweet dishes like doughnuts.
Gulas is actually a Hungary dish adapted by Czech people with some changes like Czech Gulas is prepared with more portion of meat and lesser portions of vegetables. Mainly made with beef but sometimes made with pork or chicken. In vegetables, tomatoes and onions are used. Depending upon the place, it can be served like stew or soup with bread dumplings. Olomouc beer Gulas is a famous dish of the Czech Republic, tourists should try it as it provides a rich flavor of beer in beef. Prague old town square is famous for traditional Gulas.
OvocneKnedliky (Fruit Dumplings)
As you already know that some of the dishes in our list of top 10 dishes in Czech are weird and here is one more in the list. OvoconeKnedliky is sweet dumplings made of seasonal fruits and eaten as a main course dish. Commonly used fruits are plums, cherries, and strawberries. Fruits are encased in dough and then steamed or boiled. After that, get coated with sugar, butter, or cheese and served with gingerbread.
OblozeneChlebicky (Open face sandwiches)
This dish of the Czech Republic is from the time of communist rule in the Czech. Open face sandwiches are art in itself as it can be made with almost anything like beef, pickles, boiled eggs, cucumber, ham, pepper, and butter. These small sandwiches are used commonly as party snacks. If you are invited to a Czech party you are sure to get one of these little tasty dishes. They are quite common in Pilsen and can be found in the capital city Prague restaurants.
Kolac is a pastry dish of the Czech Republic and is commonly found in the whole country. For making Kolac fruits like plums or strawberries are put in center but some locals also made it by putting sweet cheese at the center. They are commonly served during breakfast but is also in demand on special occasions like marriage functions. In some regions of Czech, it is made in a large size like pie called Fragal.
It is a sweet dish in the Czech Republic which is liked by old age people of Czech. This dish was not on the menu for a long time but slowly making a comeback in the country. These are small yeast buns covered in vanilla custard served during dinner. Only a handful of restaurants are serving this dish some of them are in Prague and Ostrava.
If you want to have the best experience of Czech dishes, it is only possible at local Czech eateries. Like any country some dishes are more liked than others and based on local preferences and tourist reviews, we have made the list of 10 best dishes in the Czech Republic. For a memorable eating experience, try to have some dishes in the house of any local if you are invited to lunch. They will gladly make your time good by providing some signature traditional dishes of the Czech Republic but be sure to have a check on beer as it flows with the food in plenty.