Taste It & Live It!

 
Hungarian Cuisine, Fish soup
Hungarian Cuisine, Stuffed Cabbage
Hungarian Cuisine, Somlói Galuska
Hungarian Cuisine, Lángos
Hungarian Cuisine, sausage, kolbász
Hungarian Cuisine, Téli Szalámi
Hungarian Cuisine, paprika
Hungarian Cuisine, Túrós Csusza
Hungarian Cuisine, Gundel pancake
Hungarian Cuisine, Bejgli
Hungarian Cuisine, Pálinka
Hungarian Cuisine, Fonott Kalács
hungaruian food, hungarian sweet, túró rudi
Hungarian Cuisine, Pogácsa
Hungarian Food, zsíros kenyér
Hungarian Cuisine, Fruit Soup
Hungarian food, Traubisoda
Hungarian Cuisine, Szilvás Gombóc
Flódni, Hungarian Gastronomy, Pastry, Walnut, Plum Jam,
Puli, Dog, Hungarian Dog Breed,
Vizsla, Dog, Hungarian Dog Breed,
 

Taste it for real

on our Delicatessen Tour

delicatessen tour in budapest

Taste it

You will soon become a fan of some of them and you may truly hate some others but what is sure is that it would be a huge mistake to miss the Hungarian culinary delights! If discovering by taste is your kind of travelling, check out our favourites below!

Túró Rudi

THE sweetie

Túró Rudi is probably the most popular chocolate bar of the country that you’ll find in every grocery. The brand was bought by a multinational who ‘developed’ it and launched plenty of versions but the slogan is still there in every Hungarian’s mind: the real one is the red spotted! In a less appealing brown and white design is covered the "Cserpes Trudi" - this is from a local manufacturer witz natural ingredients and many say it rediscovered the 'original flavour' - so we recommend going for this one!
Túró Rudi is a sweet cottage cheese bar in chocolate coat -  truly Hungarian! Parents and kids love it the same way but as the taste is pretty unusual for foreigners, so go for one bar at first :)

More info, funny stories and history of the Túró Rudi

Link to Cserpes Trudi - 100% local and natural

Márka & Traubisoda

The most authentic local refreshments since 1971

Forget about boring big soft drink brands and try one of our fruit based soft drinks: go for Márka with sour cherry flavour (Márka Meggy) or Traubisoda that is grape based.

Traubisoda ad from the 80's

Pálinka

The Hungaro-schnapps

Pálinka is THE number one short drink of the country.  It’s like whiskey in Scotland, Rom for the Caribbean people or vodka for the Russians. You will definitely find Pálinka everywhere in the country and you will hardly find a single Hungarian who does not like it.
The Pálinka is a shot with about 40 degrees of alcohol (and more if talking about home made - 'házi'  pálinkas) made of fruits - typically apricots, plums, pear and cherry. Most bars also have the girly version that is sweetened with honey. Pálinka is made 100% of fruits or herbs indigenous to the Carpathian Basin and grown in Hungary and does not contain any additives. (EU regulation).

more about Pálinka

Lángos

'the salty donut'

Lángos is a Hungarian food speciality, a deep fried flat bread made of dough with flour, yeast, salt and water. Traditionally, lángos was baked in the front of the brick oven, close to the flames. It was made from bread dough and was served as breakfast on the days when new bread was baked. Today, that people don’t have brick ovens anymore and don’t bake breads at home, lángos is usually fried in oil.
It is a classic lake-shore summer snack none of us, locals, would miss and you will find in every buffet of any local week-end destination or in the Markets of Budapest. We usually eat it with garlic or cheese & sour cream topping.

Some more about lángos on our blog

Fröccs

our summer time spritzer

A casual and international drink but here we call it Fröccs and it’s made of local wines. The classic mix is made of local dry white wine and sparkling soda water (you should not make it of mineral water!). The spirit of the fröccs is the quantity of the wine and soda: a small fröccs (‘kisfröccs’) is 1:1 unit (0.2 liter) of wine and soda, a long step (‘hosszúlépés’) is 1 unit wine and 2 units of soda and a big fröccs is 2 units of wine and 1 unit of soda - but there are endless varieties, fund your favourite! Kids and thirsty adults may also drink apple fröccs in which instead of wine you put apple juice.

Some more about fröcss on our blog

Goulash

the legend

You must have read or heard about it, you will find it on every corner but you’d better watch out for the real one! First of all, Goulash (Gulyás) is a soup; a tasty and abundant soup with a lot of vegetables, paprika (sweet or spicy) and meet – usually pork or beef. The new cuisine version is made of healthy Grey Cattle but it is still as good as the casual home made version that our mums really cook regularly even today. (click for more about Hungarian Grey cattle). It can be served as an hors d'oeuvre but restaurants often give it as main course in large portions. Ask a gastro addict local for a good goulash restaurant and avoid tourist traps where sometimes it’s not even a soup they serve as goulash.

Halászlé

the Hungarian fisherman's soup 

Hungary is a country of water and with this a place where people are used to eat a lot of freshwater fish. Just like the Gulyás, our Fish Soup (Halászlé) can be served as an entrée or as a main course, depending on the portion. There are two very popular versions, both ruby red for the tons of paprika they are made with (not necessarily spicy). In the Szegedi version (lovely town by the Tisza in the south) part of the fish is mashed that gives a creamy soup base for the fish slices put inside at the end of cooking while in the Bajai version (a Danube bank town) they put special noodles but the soup is thiner.    
more about our fish soup 

Túróscsúsza

excellent after a good Fish soup

Nothing complicated, just classic Hungarian: it’s only noodle, sour cream, cottage cheese and bacon that you put together and in the oven for a while to make it soft inside and crispy outside. Sweet lovers eat it with sugar instead of bacon and it can also be a dessert…a heavy one. It’s a good option after a main course type of soup.

more about 'csusza'

Somlói Galuska

the 'anti-light' dessert

Somlói would probably be the opposite of a light fruit dessert: it’s a fantastic cake based speciality but its heavy and quite sweet. The real one is made of 3 different types of cakes cut into small pieces (chocolate, vanilla, nuts), sprinkled with chocolate (and sometimes vanilla cream), with whipped cream and topped with raisin and nuts – all this served cold! It’s fantastic but split the entrée if you want to finish it!

Paprika

a red spice and a yellow vegetable

Paprika is the common name for green pepper in Hungarian. There are plenty of types, sizes and tastes, we eat it in a multitude of versions but the most popular ones that you’ll find everywhere are the big, longer yellow ones that are usually sweet and we eat as a vegetable in sandwiches or salads. Paprika as a a red spice is used in most of the Hungarian dishes but in the contrary of common belief it is not definitely a hot spice: it exists in sweet and hot versions and you’d better check out which one you are buying at the market as a souvenir to avoid unpleasant cooking performances at home.

Libamáj

Libamáj = Fois Gras = Goose liver

Hungary is the main goose liver manufacturer in Europe. We’d love to say locals eat it every day but it’s still a luxury product and most of it gets exported to Western Europe and the US. The technology of making it was not very animal friendly but the force-feeding of geese has been prohibited by the EU lately. You will find it in most of the restaurants served cold as an entrée or grilled as a main course. It’s a fantastic dish that goes perfectly with a good glass of sweet Tokaji wine but consider it as heavy meal to consume with moderation.

Zsíroskenyér

bread & dripping

There is no more casual, country side feeling snack than a good slice of soft local bread topped with lard (goose or pork) and sprinkled with some onion and paprika. You’ll find it in most of the ruin bars and it may sound weird but it’s excellent with some Fröccs or beer!

Kőrözött

Cottage Cheese & Paprika Cream

Another popular version of mixing local specialities like paprika and the special cottage cheese we have. It’s a cream to put on bread and besides the above mentioned classics there is onion, ewe-cheese and some spices in it as well. You’ll find it in sandwich or toast version  in most of the ruin pubs – don’t miss it!

Gyümölcsleves

the Cold Pink Soup

A pink, sweet & sour, slightly creamy, cold summer fruit soup with sour cherry, cherry and sometimes apple – children’s favourite! If you want to try the original version, go for a simple canteen in the street and avoid poshy ‘strawberry soups’ that are only slightly related to the real home made one.

 

Flódni

Typically a traditional Jewish pastry, Flódni contains walnut paste, poppy seeds, apples and plum jam all wrapped up in a delicious pastry...! We recommend trying Rachels Flódni - 

https://www.facebook.com/Rachelsflodni/info ... Delicious!

 

Coming soon: Hungarian Wines, Tokaji and plenty of receipts..

Related websites

www.hungaryandfoods.com

traditional Hungarian food

slide show - hungarian food on youtube - casual but non traditional local food included

Hungarian food on foodreference.com

 

Live it!

try to catch the local rhythm…If you have decided to stay in Hungary for a while and you want to catch the rhythm and daily routine of the inhabitants, let us give you some tips on how to Go Local in your lifestyle:

Be a sporty Hungarian…

… be an early bird and run to the Margaret Island for some good jogging and stretching. The jogging route goes all around the island ( nearly 6 km) so you’ll see and feel the city waking up. You can also combine it with a refreshing swim at the Hajós Alfréd uszoda.(? swimming pool) On the way back pamper yourself with a drink next to the Vígh Theatre on the Pest side or on the bank of Danube on the Buda side.

related city discovery programs:

running sightseeing

Be a romantic Hungarian…

…and take your love to the nice patisserie (Marvelosa, A38 terasse, Calgary Antik Drink Bar) or if the weather is nice just take a long walk on the Gellért Hill. Enjoy the fabulous view of Budapest, take a sit on the banks during the walk and look down to the pulsating city…

related city discovery programs and city breaks:

would you marry me?

Be a lazy Hungarian…

…and walk through the Andrássy avenue and lay down on the grass of Erzsébet square just next to many local's favorite summer place – Gödör - or just spend a couple of lazy hours in the Szechenyi Spa and in a nice café with a drink (Maimanó, Castro Bistro, and many more around town..)

related city discovery programs:

lazy Budapest

Be a familiar Hungarian…

…and discover where the Hungarian parents take their family. Just visit the City park next to Heroes Square: go to the Zoo and the Amusement park and wonder around the Vajdahunyad Castle  and the lake of the Park.

related city discovery programs:

for famillies

Be a shopping expert Hungarian…

…and find the fanciest brands on the Andrássy or the local underground young talent designers small stores behind the opera, in the jewish district or at the WAMP market.

related city discovery programs:

our designer shopping city discovering tour

Be a hiker Hungarian…

… leave the busy city behind you for a while and  relax, find serenity and enjoy the tranquil environment at  Normafa (to be reached by Cog Railway). It’s the ideal location for a peaceful walk for all ages, a ‘wow’ from the Jánoshegyi point of view and a Hungarian strudel aka rétes recompense at the end in the small buffes.

related city discovery programs:

coming soon...

Be a Doggy Hungarian...

... have a Puli!

Originally a livestock guardian used by the Hungarians almost 1000 years ago, the Puli is an extremely agile, medium-sized breed known for its long, corded coat (pretty much dreadlocks). The Puli is virtually waterproof as its tight curls are tangled so intensely, meaning any drop of water practically slides past!
Surprisingly enough, these dogs are extremely agile, and can jump incredible distances, change direction at a moments notice, and are incredibly fast... this is why they come first in many agility competitions around the world.

 

... have a Vizsla!

Vizslas are, without a doubt, one of the most favorited Hungarian dog breeds. The utter sense of pride when talking to any Hungarian about Vizslas (whether they are dog-lovers or not) is astounding. Hungarians love them, the world loves them. 
They are lively, gentle mannered, demonstrably affectionate and sensitive, while also fearless and possessed of a well-developed protective instinct. The obedience in a well-trained Vizsla is above any dog we've ever seen!
Internationally loved, they are now in the Top 50 dog breeds in the world, and many celebrities across the globe have been seen with one of these lovely companions by their side.