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Foods You Really Should Try While You’re in Prague

Published on September 26th, 2013 in Dining & Drinking

  • Chlebíčky (photo courtesy of www.cuketka.cz)

  • Bramboračka (photo courtesy of www.albert.cz)

  • Česnečka (photo courtesy of www.domaci-kucharka.webnode.cz)

  • Hovězí vývar s játrovými knedlíčky (photo courtesy of www.mimibazar.cz/)

  • Guláš (photo courtesy of www.receptynadoma.cz)

  • Kachna s bramborovými knedlíky a zelím (photo courtesy of www.mimibazar.cz)

  • Ovocné knedlíky (photo courtesy of www.mimibazar.cz)

  • Řízek s bramborovým salátem (photo courtesy of www.rizek.info)

  • Svíčková (photo courtesy of www.jidlonadovolenou.websnadno.cz)

  • Vepřo knedlo zelo

  • Vepřové koleno (photo courtesy of www.kuponbanka.cz)

  • Bramborové knedlíky (photo courtesy of www.receptyzde.cz)

  • Houskové knedlíky (photo courtesy of www.zahrada-relax.blog.cz)

  • Krokety (photo courtesy of www.pizzaamante.cz)

  • Bramborák (photo courtesy of www.bety.cz)

  • Klobasa (photo courtesy of commons.wikimedia.org)

  • Párek v rohlíku (photo courtesy of www.akcniceny.cz)

  • Smažený sýr (photo courtesy of www.nakupvakci.cz)

  • Trdelník

  • Bábovka (photo courtesy of cb.penguin.cz)

  • Kobliha (photo courtesy of blog.veruska.cz)

  • Koláč (photo courtesy of www.potravinova-alergie.info)

  • Lívaneček (photo courtesy of www.vseovareni.cz)

  • Medovník (photo courtesy of www.svetsvateb.cz)

  • Míša (photo courtesy of www.zmrzlina-misa.cz)

  • Palačinka (photo courtesy of www.stravovani.net)

  • Závin / štrůdl (photo courtesy of www.toprecepty.cz)

  • Kofola (photo courtesy of www.kofola.cz)

  • Malinovka (photo courtesy of lidovky.cz)

  • Top Topic (photo courtesy of www.prager24.de)

Breakfast and Lunch

Chlebíčky: These openfaced sandwiches are a staple of Czech cuisine. Classic options include chlebíček se šunkou a vejcem (ham and egg) and chlebíček s herkulesem (salami), all of which can usually be eaten while standing at small tables or counters at a lahůdky (delicatessen).

 

 

Variety of Chlebíčky (photo courtesy of www.cafebruska.cz)

 

Soups

Bramboračka: Thick, creamy potato soup.

 

Česnečka: Garlic soup garnished with croutons and shredded cheese.

 

Hovězí vývar s játrovými knedlíčky: Beef bouillon with liver dumplings.

 

Bramboračka (courtesy of www.alenkyfood.blog.cz)

 

 

Main Courses

Guláš: Pieces of beef or pork cooked in a hearty sauce and served with bread dumplings.

 

Kachna s bramborovými knedlíky a zelím: Roast duck with cabbage and potato dumplings.

 

Ovocné knedlíky: Warm bread dumplings stuffed with fruit and topped with an ample amount of melted butter, powdered sugar and crumbled tvaroh (quark cheese). Flavors include jahodové (strawberry), meruňkové (apricot) and švestkové (plum). Czechs actually do eat these for dinner, but you might prefer trying them for dessert.

 

Řízek s bramborovým salátem: Breaded and fried fillets of chicken or pork (a.k.a. wiener schnitzel) served with potato salad.

 

Svíčková: Roast beef slices served in a cream sauce, garnished with cranberries and lemon and served with bread dumplings.

 

Vepřo, knedlo, zelo: Pork with cabbage and bread dumplings.

 

Vepřové koleno: Roasted pig’s knee served on the bone with mustard, horseradish and rye bread – imposing!

 

Guláš (courtesy of www.receptynadoma.cz

  

  

Side Dishes

Bramborové knedlíky: Steamed potato dumplings – rather lead-like.

 

Houskové knedlíky: Steamed and sliced bread dumplings – great for soaking up sauce or gravy.

 

Krokety: Fried mashedpotato balls. A personal favorite.

 

Krokety (courtesy of www.pizzaamante.cz) 

 

Street Food

Sold at stalls on Wenceslas Square, Národní třída, and elsewhere.

 

Bramborák: Potato pancake.

 

Klobásy: Traditional grilled sausages served with mustard and a slice of rye bread.

 

Párek v rohlíku: A hot dog slid into a hollowed-out roll with the condiment of your choosing (mustard or ketchup).

 

Smažený sýr: Fried cheese, a true Czech specialty, served either alone or in a roll with tartar sauce. The perfect way to end a heavy night of drinking, with a grease level that can only be called impressive.

 

Trdelník: Rolled dough, wrapped around a stick, then rotisserie-baked and topped with a cinnamon, sugar and walnut mixture.

 

Klobásy (courtesy of commons.wikimedia.org)

  

Sweets

Bábovka: Pound cake.

 

Kobliha: Jelly doughnut.

 

Koláč: The closest thing to a cheese danish from a Jewish bakery that you’re going to find here. Other fillings include apricot, poppy seed and plum.

 

Lívaneček: Thick pancakes, resembling blinis, served with blueberries and whipped cream.

 

Medovník: Layered honey cake.

 

Míša: A tvaroh (quark cheese) ice cream pop covered with chocolate. Yum!

 

Palačinka: Czech-style crêpe often served with ice cream, fruit and whipped cream.

 

Závin / štrůdl: Good old-fashioned strudel – apple is the most popular, but mák (poppy seed) and tvaroh (quark cheese) are usually available too.

 

Koláč (courtesy of www.potravinova-alergie.info) 

  

Soda

Kofola: Sort of like Coke.

 

Malinovka: Carbonated raspberry lemonade.

 

TopTopic: Sort of like Sprite.

 

The many sizes of Kofola (courtesy of www.kofola.cz/)

 

 

 

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