If you’ve read my recent article on Prague, then most of you will know just how much I’m dying to go there. The gothic architecture and bohemian ambience of the stunning Czech capital are what drew me to it in the first place, and I’m pretty certain I’m going to just have to book a spontaneous weekend break there in the next few months. Upon further research about this unique central European tourist hotspot, I came to the conclusion that I need to try Czech food.
Food You Absolutely Must Try In The Czech Republic
If any readers are serious foodies like I am, you’ll understand what I mean when I say I just want to try EVERYTHING – and Czech food has definitely earned a top spot on my cuisine wish list. So, if you’re lucky enough to be heading off there soon, then here are a few foods you should sample while you’re there.
This is one of the primary dishes in the Czech Republic, and consists of roast pork, bread dumplings, and stewed cabbage. Although there’s an awful lot of meat and carbs in this meal, Vepro-Knedlo-Zelo is actually lighter than the majority of meat-based Czech dishes. Most restaurants where the ‘locals’ go in Prague will serve this delicious, hearty meal, and it’s definitely worth a try during your visit! I can imagine that some people might think it doesn’t look very appealing, but to be completely honest, I think it looks delicious.
Calling all you cheese lovers out there! Smazeny Syr can literally be translated into “fried cheese”, since that’s precisely what it is. The dish itself originates from both Slovakia and the Czech Republic, and consists of either Edam or Hermelin cheese breaded with bread crumbs, flour and egg, and fried. It’s usually served with a side salad and potatoes, and it looks absolutely divine. Why don’t they have this in England?!
If you can’t get enough of meat, then this traditional Czech dish is perfect for you. Koleno is essentially a large roast pork knee or knuckle served on a platter, typically accompanied with bread and vegetables. Although the whole ‘pork knee/knuckle’ thing may not appeal to some people, the meat is deliciously tender and falls right off the bone. The portion of meat itself tends to be very oversized, so only order it if you’re really hungry.
Svickova Na Smetane
Believe it or not, some Czech locals claim that this is the only dish that genuinely derives from the Czech Republic. They should think themselves lucky if that’s the case – because I think this dish looks absolutely divine. Svickova Na Smetane consists of a beef sirloin smothered in a vegetable gravy typically made out of carrots, parsley root and celeriac, topped with cranberry sauce and cream. Although some people might disagree, I reckon this combination would be heavenly. I want to try it now!
A favourite pub snack for the locals in the Czech Republic is Utopenci, a pickled pork sausage served cold with vinegary onion, black pepper and bay leaf, in a bread bun. If you’re visiting the Czech Republic for the beer, then you’ll definitely love this snack – since the two apparently go so well together!