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Traditional Czech Dishes

Like every country, the Czech Republic has its traditional dishes. Typical Czech cuisine is rich, very often fatty, and soup is an essential part of lunch. Here we bring you TOP 7 Czech dishes, which are a regular part of the menu, and in Prague you can taste them virtually anywhere.

1. Beef marinated in creamy root (Svickova)

Traditional Czech Dishes

One of the main side dishes in the Czech Republic includes dumplings, which are served with various sauces. Svickova is a typical Czech dish. It is cooked beef served with root vegetable sauce and yeast bread dumplings. There is also a slice of lemon, cranberry jam and a whipped cream top added.

2. Pork with dumplings and cabbage (Knedlo vepro zelo)

Traditional Czech Dishes

For many Czechs, this meal is the most popular. Juicy roast pork, sweet and sour cabbage, and bread or potato dumplings. It is virtually impossible to find a restaurant with Czech cuisine that does not offer this classic. Of course, it tastes best with well chilled beer.

3. Goulash

Traditional Czech Dishes

Although goulash originates in Hungary, it is also considered a typical dish in the Czech Republic. It is served with bread dumplings or a piece of bread. It should be sprinkled with raw onions, and unlike the Hungarian one, the Czech beef goulash is thicker and more filling. Goulash soup is also very popular.

4. Fruit dumplings

Traditional Czech Dishes

The last dish with dumplings is sweet and especially liked by children. Plum dumplings are the most typical, but strawberries and blueberries are often used, which are mainly served in mountain areas. Fruit dumplings are dough balls filled with sweet fruit, topped with melted butter and sprinkled with icing sugar along with grated cottage cheese.

5. Schnitzel with potato salad

Traditional Czech Dishes

Vienna is famous for schnitzels, but at the beginning of the 20th century, it found its place in Czech cuisine. Fried pork or chicken slices in breadcrumbs (flour, eggs, breadcrumbs) are even served somewhere for Christmas Eve dinner instead of the traditional carp. The usual side dish is potatoes, but the typical variant is potato salad.

For vegetarians, the alternative is fried cheese with potatoes or chips. It is a simple dish that has long been one of the most popular.

6. Potato soup and garlic soup

Traditional Czech Dishes

Soups are indispensable in the Czech cuisine. Potato soup (Bramboracka) is very popular. It is a thick soup, to which potatoes, root vegetable and mushrooms are added. Garlic soup is another traditional dish. An ideal remedy for a hangover in the morning that contains garlic, cheese, marjoram, bread croutons and often smoked meat and an egg.

7. Steak tartare with toasts (Tatarak)

Traditional Czech Dishes

A delicacy of raw ground beef with garlic toast, which are usually served with beer. The tartare is either prepared in the kitchen or is served with all ingredients separately and can be mixed to your taste. Additional ingredients are mainly yolk, oil, onion, garlic, mustard, ketchup, Worcester sauce, paprika, salt and black pepper.