If you are asking yourself what you can eat in the Czech Republic, you should know that you won’t go hungry, as the dishes they serve are large and abundant, perfect for the traveller who has spent the day touring around the country.
The gastronomy of the Czech Republic is influenced by Austrian and German cuisine. Also by the climate and the type of products that can be grown, among which you will find wheat, potatoes, vegetables and meat. Although the cuisine is varied, the Czech population love meat, particularly veal and pork.
These are some of the dishes you will find in the restaurants and that all tourists should try.
Bramboračka (potato soup)
Some of the most traditional dishes of the Czech Republic are the soups, among which is found bramboračka. This soup is made with potatoes, vegetables and mushrooms, and seasoned with spices. It is eaten as a starter and is particularly appetising on cold days.
Koleno (Ham hock)
The koleno is roast ham hock, which is a very popular dish among the Czechs. The meat is marinated in beer and herbs before roasting. It is served in one large piece accompanied by mustard, pickles and Czech bread.
Svíčková na smetaně (marinated sirloin)
Another dish to try in the Czech Republic is svíčková, a very elaborate recipe which is representative of the country’s cuisine. It is made with veal sirloin accompanied by a delicious Czech sauce which is prepared with vegetables, and which may vary according to local produce. What is consistent in all of these is the carrot, which provides its a characteristic orange colour. This is a very old recipe which dates back to 1826 and the cooking of this dish has not changed since then.
Vepřo-knedlo-zelo (pork roast)
This is the star dish of Czech gastronomy. It is the definitive proof that Czechs love their meat. To prepare this dish, different parts of the pig are used, such as the head, the ham and the fillet. It is served with cabbage and dumplings as a garnish. Each piece of meat is seasoned with onion, garlic, pepper and cumin.
Knedlíky or dumplings are also very popular foods within the gastronomy of the Czech Republic. They consist of pieces of boiled dough and they can be sweet or savoury. They are usually used as a garnish on different dishes and can be found in the shape of a ball, or made into a roll to enable cutting. They can also be prepared stuffed with meat, or even fruit when served as a dessert.
Goulash is an indispensable dish when eating in the Czech Republic. It belongs to Hungarian cuisine, although the Czech version has nothing to be envious of. In reality, they are not really alike, neither in their ingredients nor in their presentation. Czech goulash consists of stuffed meat which is accompanied by a sauce and knedliky (dumplings). It is traditional to serve goulash inside a country loaf of bread after removing the dough.
The nakládaný hermelín is an aperitif which is very popular in this country. You can ask for it at any pub to accompany a delicious Czech beer. It is a soft-flavoured cheese macerated in oil, garlic, chillies and other spices. It is accompanied by Czech bread and pepper or onion.
There are also some sweet treats to eat in the Czech Republic that you will enjoy, particularly if you have a sweet tooth. These are the most traditional.
In the historic centre of Prague there are many stalls selling trdelnik, which is a dough roll that is slowly boiled and pierced with a stick to create a hollow centre. It is sprinkled with sugar and dried fruits and can also be filled with ice cream.
This is a recipe from Czech Republic gastronomy originating from the beginning of the 17th Century. It was a dessert which was served at weddings in those times. It consists of small bread rolls stuffed with fruit compote. There is also a savoury version which is filled with a base of ham or cheese.
Another typical dish from the Czech Republic is ovocné knedlíky which is a type of meatball filled with fruits and covered in cottage cheese or butter. These are also sold covered in cinnamon, chocolate or ginger.
The Czechs greatly appreciate their beer, and there are ancient factories in existence which date back to the year 993. Czech beer is considered a national symbol and an item of pride for beer connoisseurs.
It is said that the original recipe was a remedy for stomach ache and, over time, it was transformed into what it is today. It is a unique drink and is very representative of the country. It is prepared with a series of herbs and spices that give it a subtle bitter, yet delicious flavour.
The food and drink of the Czech Republic is served in large portions and is very tasty and spicy. This is something that tourists who are aficionados of gastronomy thoroughly enjoy.