Prague (the capital of the Czech Republic) is the largest city in the country, along with being one of the oldest. With its vast history, the city of Prague has done an amazing job at preserving what they can and modernizing enough to make tourists coming back for more.
After some severe damage from World War II, Prague built themselves together, becoming an instant tourist attraction in modern days due to all its museums, bridges, castles, and—more importantly—the food. Like many other Eastern European countries, Prague has similar kinds of foods (pork, cheeses, and potato-based dishes), but they had a flare to their meals that can't be duplicated anywhere else.
Ladies and gentlemen, if you're ever in the historical city of Prague, save some room for these 10 amazing dishes.
What is a trdelnik, you ask? It's also called Chimney Cake and is essentially fried dough. However, no one makes fried dough quite like Prague. When you're wandering around Old Town, you'll notice how most shops, eateries, and cafes are all connected with different entrances setting themselves apart.
Cafes who offer trdelnik, however, really lure customers in because their dough is rolled onto a stick, doused in sugar (and maybe cinnamon or a nut mixture, depending), and roasts on a spit. You can eat these as they are or you can chocolate, furit, or ice cream in them!
We've all heard of goulash, right? Well, if you've had goulash before — you won't be able to have it again after you've tried it in Prague. At its core, goulash is essentially meat, gravy, dumplings, and vegetables served in a bowl. And although goulash was originally created in Hungry, Prague's unique spin on the dish has a greater serving of meat than it does vegetables. If you get lucky, you can ask for your goulash to be served in a warm bread bowl, so you can dip pieces in as you eat!
8 Smažený Sýr
What exactly is smažený sýr? Well, if it's too hard to pronounce, just know that it's fried cheese. Yup, we're not kidding — fried cheese! Typically found at street vendors, this fried cheese looks like a ball of cheese and it's usually served with fries or a salad. Some fried cheese is served with a tartar-like sauce which is delicious and goes nicely with a cold, local brew.
If you see chlebíčky on the menu, just know that it's a delicate, open-faced sandwich! These little delicious bites are usually served on a crostini or sorts for both breakfast and lunch.
Some spots let you build your own, but when in Prague — let the locals do what they do best. These open-faced sandwiches are usually stacked with tomatoes, cucumbers, ham (or salami), egg, and some kind of relish. These little guys are tasty and easy to eat if you're short on time.
6 SVÍČKOVÁ WITH DUMPLINGS
When most North Americans think of Eastern European foods, we think of hearty dishes and that's exactly what svíčková is. A meal typically served at dinner (or lunch if you're super hungry), svíčková is beef, root vegetables, a home-made sauce, and dumplings. The meat is usually thinly sliced beef tenderloin (that's been cooking for hours) mixed with carrots and parsnips in a savory and sweet sauce. The dumplings are definitely there to soak up the sauce, so dig in!
Even though gingerbread was made in Germany, the Czech Republic touches borders with Germany, so it makes sense they created their own unique gingerbread to rival the founding country's!
Just like the trdelnik, you'll find little gingerbread men and homes all along the shops in Prague. Some people eat their gingerbread while others save it as a souvenir. Nevertheless, if you decide to eat the gingerbread — it's a wise decision. Some are simple while others are covered in chocolate and nuts.
If you think you've had a potato pancake before, you have to erase your memory because there is nothing like a potato pancake from Prague. Crispy and fried to perfection, bramboráky (potato pancakes) are made to order and can be eaten whenever. If you think you love a good hashbrown, these are better. You can eat these as they are or you can dip them in applesauce or accompanied by a few sausages. It doesn't matter what you eat these with but they need to be eaten!
Řízek is also known as schnitzel. At its base, it's typically fried pork. Řízek is extremely popular and is usually peoples go-to when they get to Prague since we hear so much about it in the Staes and Canada.
The pork is usually flattened out and then fried to perfection, served with lemon and French fries. There are many "versions" of the schnitzel at a few restaurants in North America, served with different sauces, but in Prague — rízek doesn't need sauce. All it needs is a spritz of lemon juice.
You may also find chicken versions, but pork is very popular in the Czech Republic.
Similar shape to the trdelnik, kremroles are flakey pastries filled with deliciousness. Served warm, these pastries are traditional to Czech culture and are filled with sweet creme, flavored creams, or meringue. They're also the perfect size to hold while you stroll around the cobblestones streets or cross the Charles Bridge.
1 Grilované klobásy
Grilované klobásy is also known as grilled sausage and it's a staple in the Czech Republic. While you'll see more images of these sausages at Christmas markets, these are always sold year-round in the Czech.
With different sausages for different times of days, the Czechs can eat sausages any time of day. Grilled 'till the sausage is nice and charred, it's placed on a bun and topped with mustard. And if you're thinking "Oh, so it's a hot dog," you're wrong. The flavors and technique of these handheld goodies are so beyond our sad hot dogs in the States.