08 Jan Czech Republic Food Guide
While Czech food isn’t as well-known or as clearly defined as, say, French food is there are still a few items and dishes that might be good to know about while in the Czech Republic. Even if it’s only a small dish, I like to try something new wherever I go. Here is my Czech Republic Food Guide.
Smaženy Syr– While you can order this in a restaurant so that it comes with a side of French fries or other potatoes, I think it’s best known as a street food, frequented by people leaving bars or clubs early in the morning. It’s best compared to a square mozzarella stick, in a hamburger bun covered in mayo. It sounds a little gross but I will admit it’s one of the foods I miss most about Prague. They’re so bad for you but so good in a way that doesn’t make sense. You just have to try one. And I would recommend trying one at any of the food stands along Wenceslas Square. They’re really inexpensive and a must on the tram ride home in the middle of the night.
Gulaš- This is nothing like the goulash many people are probably thinking of. This is a beef stew usually with rounds of beef and a dark gravy-like sauce. It’s usually paired with bread or potato dumplings and sometimes purple cabbage.
Roasted Chicken with potatoes(pečné kuře s brambory)
Pork Schnitzel (Smaženy vepřovy řizek)- a slice of pork, breaded and fried.
Apple Strudel (jablečny závin)- This is the apple strudel you’ve probably had or seen before.
Honey Cake (Medovík)- a sweet, layered cake that is basically exactly as its name describes.
Potato Soup (Bramborová polévka)
Dumplings (Knedliíky)- Either potato or bread (I prefer bread, they’re a tiny bit lighter). They’re made in large loaves and sliced. At first they seem a little strange. They’re weird sometimes spongey, thick bread-like slices but they’re actually really good. But like a lot of Czech food, they’re heavy and probably shouldn’t be eaten every meal. But then again, you’re traveling. Go for it.
Garlic Soup (Česneková polévka)
Sauerkraut or cabbage (zelí)- Usually a sweet, purple cabbage. They’re sides for many main dishes and though I also thought I wouldn’t like it I really did.
Kofola– this is a soft drink that’s on bar with Coca-Cola for its popularity. I actually don’t like it. It’s like a mixture of Coke and Coffee and while I like both of those things separately, together it’s just cold, bitter, weirdness. But try it. I knew people who drank it daily.
Pivo (Beer)- It’s no secret that Czechs love beer. Especially in Bohemia, the region in the west that includes Prague beer is consumed any time of the day and is usually cheaper than water, especially in local places. Typical Czech beers are Pilsner Urquell, Gambrinus, Staropramen, and Budvar.
Becherovka- A liquor that is usually (at least by people in dance clubs) taken as a shot, but it can also be mixed with tonic. A girl I went to school with in Prague described the taste as “a Christmas Tree.” Since then I’ve never been able to describe it any other way as accurately. It’s a little cinnamon and beyond all reasoning “piney.”
How do you like Czech food? Leave me a comment below to tell me what you think.