As Eastern Europe continues to rise in popularity with travelers, Budapest is fast becoming one of the most popular city breaks in the world. However, despite the reams of tourists descending onto its streets throughout the year, the culinary delights of Hungary still remain largely unknown around the globe.
These four dishes are all traditional recipes, and are absolutely essential to try on your visit to this wondrous destination.
Goulash is the national dish of the country, and for good reason. Its rich, hearty flavors are perfect to keep you warm and satisfied, even throughout the bitter winter months. In essence, it’s a simple stew recipe, comprising of meat and veg, and seasoned with the country’s most famous export – paprika. However, its subtle balance between warming spices and gentle heat give it a flavor that could test any Michelin star menu.
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Most people know Paprika as the slightly sweet, slightly spicy powdered condiment that is used in abundance worldwide. Whilst this version of the food is plentiful in Hungary, it’s also one of the few places where you can get your hands on dishes containing the fresh pepper-like vegetable, which it comes from. Looking similar to the more common bell pepper, this traditional Hungarian variation has a unique flavor of its own. You can find them at most restaurants, stuffed with a succulent mix of meat, veg and spices.
Langos is Hungary’s answer to pizza, and its just as deliciously satisfying. The dish’s base is a classic deep-fried flatbread, and there’s a whole plethora of toppings to enjoy. You can go for a more classic combination of tomatoes, cured meats and cheese, or embrace the local culture and try a mixture of mashed potatoes and, Hungarian favorite, sour cream yoghurt. There’s even a sweet option, with sugar and jam. The dish rose to fame when the Hungarian communities introduced it to Serbia, however it’s now sold in many venues back in the capital of its home country.
Obviously, no traditional meal would be complete without trying a mouth-watering desert from the region. Dobos Torte is a traditional spectacular, which is becoming increasingly popular in fine dining eateries all over Europe. It’s a multi-layered sponge cake, whose insides are dripping with chocolate buttercream. Caramel sauce is lathered over the top and the sides are kept in tact using a range of crunchy nuts. Its perfected mixture of flavors and textures make it an unquestionable delight, and no traveler should visit the city without trying it at least once.
Budapest is bound to grow in popularity as more and more people set out to explore this previously unknown part of the world. Unfortunately, this means a rise in tourist chains and a depletion in traditional restaurants. To get a real taste of these unique and mouthwatering national dishes, before the rush takes over, be sure to book your trip soon!
If you know of any other Hungarian delights that deserve a place on this list, leave a comment below with your ideas!
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