19 February 2015
Czech Republic is world-known for its rich history and incredible beer. People like to travel here to see the majestic castles, unique architecture and the country’s lovely capital Prague. There is no question that is a good plan but during your sight-seeing trip remember this article and try some of the following 10 Czech dishes. Eating like a local and getting to know your destination’s traditional food is another way of better understanding the foreign culture. But before you even enter any restaurant, remember that Czech love meat and you’ll see dozens of meat dishes in the menu.
1) Tatarák is minced fresh beef mixed with egg yolk and served with a bunch of spices. It may be all mixed but you would be better to order it being served up separately. This way you’ll have the meat in the middle of your plate, and garlic, diced onion, salt, mustard, pepper, paprika, diced cucumber and ketchup or Worcestershire sauce around it. Mix it, experiment with it to your taste, put it on fried bread, combine it all differently and you’ll find yourself deliciously occupied for at least half an hour.
2) Palačinky are Czech thin pancakes that can be served in numerous ways topped with whipped cream, ice cream, nuts, jam, sweet cheese either mixed or separately. Yumm.
3) Koleno is not a mere dish to try but a whole show itself. Once you order this huge pork knee and get it served, at least a couple of other visitors will stare at it. Previously marinated in dark beer and herbs, it is then roasted and served with the bone in. Tender flavoured meat falls off the bone leaving the very crispy skin and irresistible smell. You’ll have pickled vegetables, mustard, horseradish and the best sort of beer that suits this dish.
4) Vepřo knedlo zelo may be challenging for you to pronounce, but this is the one dish you aren’t allowed to skip when in the Czech Republic. Considered to be the country’s soul food, this dish has a pork base smothered in dumplings and sauerkraut. Served with different sauces, this dish will not fail to delight.
5) Bramboráky are mouth-watering golden-fried potato pancakes that may not be the Czech invention but they are very popular here and may be the welcome rest from other pretty fatty dishes, especially if you are a vegetarian.
6) Smažený sýr which means fried cheese will remind you mozzarella sticks. Served with French fries which they call hranolky and a tangy tartar sauce, this dish is very tasty and good looking.
7) Utopenci is another snack that goes perfectly with beer. Pork sausages get pickled in vinegary marinade with onion, bay leaf, pepper and herbs and then eaten cold with bread.
8) Ovocné knedlíky is a sweet Czech dessert that consists of fresh fruit dumplings topped with butter, curd cheese or chocolate or powdered sugar. However, locals treat it as a dish for lunch rather than dessert.
9) Svíčková na smetaně is a truly unique and traditional Czech dish. It consists of beef sirloin heavily drenched in vegetable-laden gravy and served with a slice of lemon, cranberry sauce, cream and bread dumplings. Sounds odd but tastes good.
10) Nakládaný hermelín is pickled cheese served with peppers, onions, marinade and Czech fried bread. It is very creamy, spicy, and delicious.
With this tasty list in mind or at hand, you’ll have a good and memorable trip to the Czech Republic even if you don’t make it to all the attractions tourists typically visit.