Czech cuisine has been mainly influenced by surrounding countries, and can be best described as comfort food. Consisting of hearty soups, delicious meat-based mains, and the ever popular dumplings, traditional Czech cuisine is a taste hard to forget.
A Czech meal often starts with soup, with a couple of the most popular being onion soup, a simple and warming dish made of beef broth and onions, and garlic soup made of broth, potatoes, garlic and onions. The garlic soup is said to be the number one hangover cure, which if you love your traditional Czech beer, may come as useful information! If you are looking for something with a bit of a kick, try the Goulash Soup, a thick, spicey soup, served with brown bread. Despite not originating in the Czech lands, goulash soup has become a staple in both home cooking and restaurant menus across the Czech Republic.
Main dishes mostly consist of pork or beef, with sauce and a side dish. The most appreciated meal is roast pork with dumplings and cabbage, which has a delightfully creamy and rich taste. Authentic dumplings are large and filling and are made from wheat or potato flour which are boiled in water as a roll, sliced and served hot. Other popular side dishes are rice and potatoes (boiled, baked or fried).
You will find many delectable desserts including fresh pastries and cakes, as well as heavenly fruit dumplings served warm with ice cream. Another popular dessert is the Famous Czech pancakes which are filled with ice-cream, fruits or jam and coated in whipped cream, almonds or sugar.
The Czech Republic is famous for beer. Beer brands include Pilsner Urquell, the world’s first pilsner, and Budweiser Budvar. Pilsner is a type of pale lager with characteristically transparent, golden colour, high foaminess and light flavour.
The city of Prague has an abundance of authentic Czech restaurants and food stalls, so you will certainly find a dish that is perfect for you. Whilst you are enjoying the sights, taking in some Prague culture, why not indulge and taste some Czech specialities.