Advanced Guide: Weird Czech Food – 02

This guide to the czech traditional food was written by Tereza Vítková from Project Guidilo that lets people to enjoy Prague (our capital) with locals and from their point of view.

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All these dishes are well known and made by mothers, grandmas and sometimes the manly part of families all over the Czech Republic.

In the last post Tereza was talking about soups and starters, now are coming the main courses and the vegetarian dishes.

Main Courses (Hlavní chod)

Spanish bird (Španělský ptáček)

There is no bird in this dish, rather thin slices of rump or sirloin that have been beaten thin and wrapped around long slices of pickle, bacon, egg, and/or onion. The ‘birds’ are then roasted in stock, which is the basis of the sauce, served with boiled plain rice.

Moravian sparrow (Moravský vrabec)

Another dish named after birds (but without any bird). Roasted pieces of pork belly or shoulder marinated in garlic and cumin. Then served with dumplings and sauerkraut (or pureed spinach)

Steak tartar (Tatarský biftek or Tatarák)

Finely chopped or minced raw beef, served with raw egg, onions, and a variety of sauces to season the mince. Is more a meal than a snack, but it also goes well with beer and usually served with topinky – fried bread.

Ham flakes (Šunkofleky)

Made of cooked fleky (dry pasta noodles cut into small pieces) cubed smoked meet, eggs, cream and it’s all baked in an oven. This food is rarely to be found in restaurants, but sometimes offered on lunch menus.

Vegetarian dishes (Vegetariánské pokrmy)

Many of Czech dishes contain meat, but there are a few vegetarian meals. The only problem is that they are all fried. These are fried cheese (smažený sýr) popularly known as smažák, fried mushrooms (smažené žampiony) and fried cauliflower (smažený květák). These dishes are often served with fries and tartar sauce.

You can also try potato pancakes (bramboráky) – shallow-fried pancakes of grated or ground potato, flour and egg, often flavored with grated onion or garlic and seasoning.

Egg-n-dumplings (Knedlíky s vajíčkem)

This is not a fancy food, you won’t find it in restaurants – sliced dumplings are just pan-fried with fresh eggs, onion, milk and butter.

Mushroom stir fry (Houbová smaženice)

Smaženice consists of scrambled eggs with the flavor coming from almost-caramelized onions and the wild mushrooms.

Whats next

You have just read a second part of series about traditional czech food from Tereza from project Guidilo.

Next part of this series will be about the sweet dishes.

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