Czech cuisine and where to eat in prague
What Czech people love to eat? What is the traditional Czech food? Let’s explore my national food!
Since I live in Australia, people from all over the world have asked me many times “What is the traditional Czech food?”
When I get this question, I always think how to not repeat myself again and again and how to show the authentic Czech cuisine with all its beauty. In this article I am going to show you the authentic Czech food and what is it made from.
I was always thinking how fatty and unhealthy food we have in the Czech Republic and that Iwould rather avoid it however, when I started creating this post, it made me feel like “Oh yuum, I wouldn’t mind having some of delicious meal right now!”
Let’s see if you get hungry too! 😀
I have collected a few really typical Czech meals for you. Some of them are actually unique and not many people know about them. It was hard to squeeze it into a few meals to not overwhelm you.:-)
I would start with dumplings. Czech dumplings is a very popular meal that Czech people just love! They are made usually from buns mixed with flour, milk, eggs and yeast. They can be also made from potato starch and filled with bacon or believe or not – you can have a sweet variety as well!
The sweet dumplings are filled with fruit sprinkled with cream cheese and sugar! If you like, add some melted butter on the top! I know it is a caloric bomb but why not to try it at least once?
Our traditional Czech food is “Svíčková” which is a sirloin steak with sauce made from meat and vegetable stew mixed with cream.
As a decoration and enhancing the taste we usually put cranberry jam on the top and cream as well.
Other traditional meal is Rajská (made from tomato sauce) , Koprová (sauce is made from dill), Guláš.
Czech people love pork – Vepřo-knedlo-zelo or duck with sauerkraut and dumplings – Kachna se zelim.
Can you see how much fat it has? Haha. However, some of you will definitely say “Yuuum”. 😀 These two meals make you feel very heavy so if you are hungry go for it. It is usually served in pubs and traditional restaurants.
Kachna se zelim
You might start wondering – “Where can I eat this traditional Czech food?”
Well, I will tell you a few tips where to eat in Prague.;-)
One of the most famous restaurant for tourists is “U Fleků” (Křemencova 11, 110 00 Nové Město, Praha).This restaurant is very traditional with its unique style. Usually very crowded though. Also, it is a tourist place but it doesn’t mean that it is bad. I like the atmosphere.
Other traditional restaurant is “Mlejnice” (Kožná 488/14, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic (Stare Mesto – Old Town).
When you eat Svíčková in Prague, you would be surprised how cheap it can be as it is usually served as a “main lunch meal” but it can taste good even in a average place. There are places where it costs more which can be around 200CZK.
My photo of Svíčková is taken from food court in Obchodní centrum Anděl – Nový Smíchov (shopping centre). You might think that food court will be lower quality but this Svíčková tasted really good!
However, I think that with the restaurant “U Fleků” as I mentioned before couldn’t go wrong.
Potatoes are other popular ingredient in the Czech Republic. We put potatoes everywhere – as a side, main meal, smashed, baked, fried.
Potatoes are cheap and if you live in a country side you can grow your own. I think that is the main reason why people stick to potatoes.
In restaurants, you can have just cooked potatoes or mash potatoes which are my favourite. Of course you can get fries but there are everywhere in the world.
Řízek (schnitzel) is also one of the food that Czech people eat all the time. Smažák (fried cheese) tastes great with tatarka (kind of mayonnaise).
You can have also potatoes by itself – baked potatoes with ham,eggs and cheese, potato salad or bramborák (grated potatoes with flour, eggs, garlic and marjoram).
You will be surprised how many potato recipes can you find!
Nakládaný hermelín (pickled cheese)
If you go to a pub having a czech beer and feel like eating a “snack”, try nakládaný hermelín (pickled cheese), or tatarák (a beef tartare with fried bread or if you are scared of raw meat, just have a fried bread with fried eggs or cooked meat or the top or try bramborák.
For one of the best pickled cheese I would recommend restaurant “U Sadu” (Škroupovo nám. 1282/5, 130 00 Praha 3-Žižkov, Czechia).
It is kind of pub and you will smell from the cigarettes if you not sit in outside area but their cheese is so delicious! Especially, when you have it with a beer it tastes even better (and I am not a fan of beer! 😀 )
My photo was taken from another pub in Prague 10 and it was delicious as well. The main point if it tastes good is how long the cheese was pickled for.
Tatarák (a beef tartare)
As you can see a Czech cuisine has really large variety of meals. Let’s check some sweet treatment for now.
If you walk around Old Town Square try trdelník. Trdelník is supersweet and it can be filled with an icecream too. It has lot of calories and sugar so be ready to walk a lot afterwards. 😀 In restaurant you can order traditional štrúdl or medovnik (honey cake).
Traditional Czech bread is also consider really tasty, but it needs to be freshly baked bread and many people from the Czech Republic who came to Australia complain that the bread there is not a real bread.:-)
From traditional Czech alcohol definitely try beer (Plzeň or Kozel) and then for example Becherovka (a herb-based liquor).
When you visiting Prague during winter, definitely try mulled wine. It just so delicious and fit into a cold winter days.
If you want to taste some typical nealko in a restaurant then get Malinovka (raspberry lemonade) or Kofola. It is really cheap.
I hope you enjoy my tour through the Czech cuisine and if you like my blog, you can subscribe in the bottom of my page to get updates or follow me on facebook.:-)