When it comes to eating well in Budapest, just know that it’s so much more than paprika.
Hungarian cuisine is hearty, and it’s tasty. There’s so much more to Goulash and paprika, but everything goes down better with a beautiful glass of Hungarian wine. Here are 25 foods in Budapest that you need to try before leaving the city.
Also known as: goulash – the national dish of Hungary is…simply awesome. Goulash is traditionally Hungarian made from a meat stew with noodles and vegetables, seasoned with paprika and other sorts of delish spices for hearty flavors.
Right…Hungarian food is so much more than paparikas but you’ve got to start with this. It’ll come stuffed, powdered, sauteed, spiced…in any way, it’s an absolute foodie essential.
3. Jókai bean soup
Named after the 19th-century writer Mor Jókai, the Jókai bean soup is all about vinegar and lots of sour cream, beans, smoked pork, parsley root and carrots.
Hungarian version of vegetable soup comes with green and red peppers, tomatos, onions, lard, salt, sugar and paprika. It’s thick, stewy and a vegetarian’s dream.
5. Paprikás Csirke
Chicken paprikash is another one of Hungary’s famous soups, it’s creamy with red spiced paprika and comes with a stewed chicken leg with the texture quite tender and soft.
Aka: Fisherman’s soup that is a hot, spicy paprika-based river fish soup. If you love seafood, this is to-die-for. It’s particularly prepared in the Danube regions, and frequently on restaurant menus.
7. Újházy chicken broth
A local favorite! Újházy chicken broth contains a whole chicken, mixed with carrots, mushrooms, garlic, tomato, green pepper, cauliflower and peas. It a traditional dish that’s often eaten a Hungarian weddings.
Can’t say no to fried dough! Langos is flat bread made with flour, yeast, water and salt. You’ll frequently see it topped with mashed potatoes, sour cream yogurt, grated cheese, ham or sausages. Definitely a staple at the Central Market Hall.
Hungary sausages come from different regions of the country and each have their own special recipes and tastes. Kolbász may be boiled, dried or smoked, they can be eaten as cold cuts or accompanied in main dishes like stews and salads. These sausages typically contain bacon, ground pork, beef, lamb, paprika (surprise!) garlic, pepper, nutmeg and a huge variety of local spices.
10. Rakott Krumpli
Every country has their own gratin, including Hungary. Rakott Krumpli is basically layered potatoes, baked. Makes the best comfort food!
Pörkölt is completely different from goulash, but just as delish. It’s boneless meat, stewed with paprika, vegetables but without potatoes. The meat can vary from beef, lamb, chicken and pork. The taste of the stew is quite game as livers sometimes can be added in.
12. Töltött Káposzta
Stuffed cabbage rolls might just be my personal favorite. Töltött Káposzta are made from picked cabbage leaves, filled with minced pork meat, paprika with a dab of sour cream on top. This dish is typically eaten during wintertime but I still love it on any hot summer day.
13. Töltött Paprika
After trying Töltött Káposzta, you’ll need to try another type of “stuff” – stuffed paprika, that is. Töltött Paprika is mixed with rice, diced red onions, salt, herbs, garlic, ground black pepper, ground paprika, parsley or rosemary. At times, they may also contain mushrooms or meat and cabbage.
Foie gras in Hungary is widely available and inexpensive. Libamáj is fried goose liver which may be game but a definite must-try.