What about a rooster testicle stew, toast with marrow, or fish milt and eggs with your fish soup?
Are you brave enough to taste them?
Halászlé (hɒlaːsleː) = Fish Soup Made with Fresh Water Fish
It is a popular Christmas dish but also year-round, served with slices of fresh white bread and add as much hot paprika as you can take. For the daring ones I suggest to ask for fish milt and eggs to add to the soup.
Usually it is served either in a cup (small portion as a starter) or in a bowl or a cauldron (big portion as a main course).
Gulyás Leves (gujaːʃlɛvɛʃ)
Hideg Gyümölcs Leves (hidɛɟːʏmølʧlɛvɛʃ) = Cold Fruit Soup
Velős pirítós (vɛløːʃpiɾiːtoːʃ) = Toast with Marrow
Hortobágyi Palacsinta (hoɾtobaːɟipɒlɒʧintɒ)
Pörkölt (pøɾkølt) = Stew
If you’re looking for something extraordinary, look for an eatery where they have rooster testicle stew = kakashere pörkölt (kɒkɒʃhɛɾɛpøɾkølt) on the menu.
Töltött Káposzta (tøltøtkaːpostɒ)
We also add sour cream to the top. It’s quite heavy dish and mainly eaten in colder seasons.
Gundel Palacsinta (gundɛlpɒlɒʧintɒ)
Mákos Rétes (maːkoʃɾeːtɛʃ)= Poppyseed Strudel
Any dessert with poppy seed may be authentic to Hungary. Try plain poppy seed or poppy seed with sour cherry strudel.
It’s a simple dish (main ingredients: rolls, milk, sugar or honey, ground poppy seed, lemon zest) usually served in smaller and not too fancy home style restaurants.
These cottage cheese balls are favourite of all. We consider it to be very Hungarian but the origin is not clear. It is common in the surrounding countries as well, but in each region it’s prepared a bit differently.
Somlói Galuska (ʃomloːigɒluʃkɒ)
Three types of sponge cakes (basic, with walnut and with cacao) are sprinkled with vanilla and chocolate sauce and then whipped cream is added to the top.
This is just a short list where I included mainly my favourite dishes. The Hungarian cuisine is rich and diverse and includes many other courses.
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