Have you ever heard about Hungary? A country, which size is similar to Maine is located in the heart of Europe with a colorful culture and good foods. However, it’s still unknown by many people.
Food in Hungary
If I ask someone about their favorite cuisine, they mention Italian, Mexican, Indian, Chinese, etc., but I never hear Hungarian.
Therefore, I would like to courage you to continue reading. Hopefully reading this will inspire you to plan a journey to Hungary and fill your belly with the local foods.
Here are the 5 best Hungarian foods recommended by a local:
It’s a deep fried flatbread which is eaten mostly with sour cream and cheese. Most Hungarians use shredded garlic in water or in sour cream. The dough is made with yeast, flour, water, and salt.
After it’s formatted into a round shape, it’s fried in oil. There are several kind of modern lángos, like with ketchup or ham, etc., but the original lángos is eaten with sour cream, garlic and cheese on the top.
2. Pancake of Hortobágy (in Hungarian: “Hortobágyi Palacsinta”)
It’s a savory pancake filled with minced meat, fried onions and spices. The pancake is eventually baked in the oven with paprika and sour cream, then topped with fresh parsley. The food has the name of a very famous landmark of Hungary, Hortobágy, where the “9 Hole Bridge” can be found.
3. Chimney cake (in Hungarian: “Kürt?skalács”)
It’s made from sweet dough, of which a strip is spun and then wrapped around a truncated cone-shaped baking spit, and rolled in granulated sugar. It is roasted over charcoal while basted with melted butter until its surface cooks to a golden brown color.
During the baking process the sugar stuck on the dough, caramelizes and forms a shiny, crispy crust. The surface of the cake can then be topped with additional ingredients such as ground walnut, powdered cinnamon, coconut, cocoa and so on.
4. Goulash soup (in Hungarian: “Gulyásleves”)
A soup made with beef, vegetables (mostly carrot, onion, potato, and tomato), paprika powder, black pepper and salt. It comes from the Hungarian Great Plain (Alföld).
The cattlemen took the ingredients with them and cooked the soup in a portable cauldon (bogrács) over an open fire. Many Hungarian families make some salty “scones” (pogácsa), which they eat with the soup. These are made from dough.
5. Túró Rudi
It’s a very tasty snack, which is composed of a thin chocolate-flavored outer coating and an inner filling of curd.
You can buy it in any convenience stores, supermarkets or hypermarkets. Look for it in the fridges, where the yogurts are. The most popular is the “Pöttyös”.
I’m Dóri, a 25 years old girl from the Hungarian countryside. Thanks to my school’s opportunities and my internships I could visit 13 countries so far, and traveling became my main hobby. I have recently launched my blog, Kulturgram, where I write about my trips, traditional foods and my snail mailing experiences, which also helps me to get to know new cultures.
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