03
MAY
2013

Czech Food

Ah, Czech food. Heavily influenced by Austrian, Hungarian and German dishes, simply put, Czech food consists mainly of hearty meat dishes accompanied by dumplings. Vegans and Vegetarians beware; you will have some difficulty finding something to eat that is completely free of any animal bi-product. I was just recently at a local Czech pub to find the very first dish in the ‘Vegetarian’ section to be – “Bacon pasta” Personally, I’m in heaven. However, if you want to maintain a meatless diet, I’d recommend staying far away from traditional Czech fare. Even if it’s listed as ‘Vegetarian’, 9 times out of 10, you will find that it has either been deep-fried in pork fat, or contain some form of bacon at all. All in all, Czech food is hearty, and it pairs oh so nicely with Czech beer. There really is nothing finer than sitting in a cozy pub on a cold, snowy winter night, indulging in true Czech cuisine (or, according to Czechs: ‘kitchen’) with a freshly poured Pilsner. So, let’s break it down. Mains Svickova- If you travel outside of Prague, to a small village where nobody speaks English, your typical Czech grandma will be making her Svickova with Rabbit. However, you will more often see this dish made with beef on traditional menus. Most Czechs say this is the hardest meal to master. The beef is usually slow cooked, and topped with cream-based sauce made from carrots and onions. The best accompaniment to this would be bread dumplings. It should always be topped with a lemon, bit of cream, and berries. (If you’re American, think pot roast meets Thanksgiving) Goulash- Though this is native to Hungary, you will see it on every Czech menu. It can be made from either beef or pork, sometimes venison. The best pairing? Yep- you guessed it! Dumplings! Though in Germany and Hungary they generally pair it with potato pancakes, I personally like dumplings the best so that you can sop up all of the delicious sauce. Rizek- Otherwise known as schnitzel, this breaded and fried dish is either made of chicken or pork. Must be paired with the infamous potato salad, this meal is always served on Christmas, but Czechs enjoy it year round. With Beer Floaters Bramboracky Cheese Eidam Camembert