In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat, and stay at, in every country of the world!
This week we visit: Hungary
Contemporary Hungarian cuisine is a combination of ancient Asiatic elements and Germanic, Slavic, and Italian components. Hungary’s food, just like the country’s culture, is a synthesis of eastern tradition mixed with western influences. Recipes were changed and adapted to suit tastes, and a fierce national cuisine was created.
Tradition Hungarian foods are heavy and rich in flavored, texture and aroma. Despite being very delicious, we have to mention that these dishes are not for people on a diet. The main ingredients the Hungarians use are Hungarian paprika, lard, onion and garlic, sour cream, cottage cheese and walnut.
The locals especially like to eat meat stews such as goulash, paprikás, and pörkölt. Other foods that you should try include Hungarian soups, desserts, pastries, and stuffed crepes (palacsinta). When it comes to desserts, apart from the famous Dobos and Eszterházy cakes, try the tasty apple or cherry strudel.
As far as the food’s popularity is concerned, Hungary’s cuisine was internationally renowned and praised until communism brought about shortages of ingredients. However, in recent years restaurant chefs are trying to regain the fame Hungarian foods had at the beginning of the 20th century, and they are doing everything in their power to make the cuisine healthier and more appealing to foreigners.