Traditional Czech Food

Traditional Czech cuisine can’t really be described as dietary or extremely healthy, however, nothing goes better together with the rich flavour of famous Czech beer. Czech dishes mainly consist of pork or beef in plenty of sauce with knedliky (dumplings) as the most common side dish. It’s quite a struggle to explain what Knedlik is to someone who had never seen it. Knedlik is basically a dumpling made of wheat or potato flour, boiled in hot water and then sliced into pieces to be served on the side of your plate.

Kureci rizek with potato salad
Kureci rizek with potato salad

4 or 5 dumplings?

The most common dilemma of Czech dining is whether you have 4 or 5 dumplings (čtyři nebo pět knedlíků) with your Svičková or Guláš. Svičková represents a truly unconventional combination of meat, sauce, dumplings and whipped cream with cranberry jam. I know, hard to believe before you taste it, but it’s delicious and happends to be expats favourite food in the Czech Republic. One can argue, whether Guláš (goulash) is actually Hungarian, Slovak or Czech dish, however, this more traditional flavoured meal is served in every Czech restaurant. Sauces to be served with meat can vary greatly. There is Rajská – meat in tomato sauce or Koprovka – dumplings with sauce made of chopped dill, butter and cream. Another absolute favourite is Smažený řízek – a piece of chicken, beef or pork steak coated in flour, egg and breadcrumbs, fried and served with boiled potatoes or potato salad.

Goulash soup
Goulash soup

Soup of the day

Soups represent a significant part of Czech cuisine. Basically, a proper Czech meal should contain 3 courses: soup, main course and a dessert. Top three Czech soups are: Bramboračka, Česnečka and Gulášová polévka (Goulash soup). With a basic knowledge of Czech, one can easily guess what are the soup’s ingredients. Bramboračka is potato soup with bits of mushrooms in it, Česnečka is garlick soup, which makes a great remedy for winter colds, and Goulash soup isn’t worth mentioning at all as it’s already too obvious 🙂 A peculiar fact is that fish soup – Rybí polévka made out of carp – is actually among Czech Christmas treats.

Traditional Czech dessert - Palacinky
Traditional Czech dessert – Palacinky

Sweet treat

As mentioned above, dessert is considered an important part of a traditional Czech meal. Czechs even managed to transofrm their favourites – knedliky – into a dessert. How would this be possible?! Well, fill the original dumplings’ dough with bits of fruits, jam or curd, add some sugar, and you got a brilliant and unique dessert. In case you prefer more traditional sweets, try famous Czech cakes and pies (Kolač in Czech), or Palačinky – pancakes filled with fruits, whipped cream or ice cream.

Where to try traditional Czech food

I bet those who managed to keep on reading now feel quite hungry 🙂 So here are some tips on where to get a taste of traditional Czech cuisine.

U Pavouka

Celetná 597/17, Prague 1

U Kastelána

Kotlářská 51a, Brno

U Veverky

Eliášova 324/14, Prague 6

Kolkovna Restaurants

Few branches in Prague and Brno

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Annie Fed

One thought on “Traditional Czech Food

  1. I am engaged to a Czech woman and I’ve tried a few Czech dishes but I cannot wait to try svičková!

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