Food Diary: Prague
Time for another food diary entry! This time in the history and beautiful city of Prague.
Every where I go I try to each a dish that is a staple of the country or city. For Prague, I hope, it’s goulash. Keep in mind that this goulash is very different than American goulash, which is usually macaroni noodles and hamburger helper. As with most cultural dishes, every family and restaurant has their own recipe. The dish I had was meat. I think. I could have been vegan. The menu literally said “meat, vegan.” The waitress didn’t ask me if I wanted meat or vegan, so it’s not like it was an option. My body didn’t immediately reject it so I’m assuming it was meat. Anywho, it was a think stew with “meat” dumplings. These dumplings should no be confused with periogi, they’re completely different, but just as delicious. The dish was served with a side of extremely soft and tasty bread. The dish above cost me a little less than 200CZK.
A schnitzel is meat that is pound out and flattened and fried. In other words, amazing. Though schnitzel originated in Austria, this dish is popular everywhere, with every country/culture having a different take on it. I mean, technically Japan’s katsu don is a type of schnitzel. Anywho, the schnitzel I got at Cafe Savoy in Prague was pork and served on a bed of potato salad and with a side of cranberry sauce. The schnitzel with the cranberry sauce was amazing, but I wasn’t too crazy about the potato salad. I mean, I’m sure it was good, but I don’t like potato salad in general so I don’t really know how to rank something I don’t like. But at the end of the day, I would definitely eat this again.
Trdelník is made my wrapping dough around a stick and then grilled. The version I had was covered in sugar and cinnamon and had chocolate spread inside. From what I saw it was extremely popular to get one with ice cream inside and to use the dough as a cone. From my experience this is an extremely popular tourist snacks and you can find a trdelník stand every 50 feet in Prague. Though it’s not necessarily a culinary masterpiece, it’s definitely worth a try. The trdelník above cost me 60 CZK.
Pilsner Urquell is Czech’s beer. It’s the world’s first-ever pilsner type blond lager and is brewed in the Czech city of Plzeň. Whenever you order a pilsner from a bar you’re paying homage to Pilsner Urquell. So I’m not really a beer person, but with the history attached to this name I had to try it. As some one who doesn’t like beer, especially light hoppy beers, Pilsner Urquell was okay. I heard that it tastes way better when it’s on tap, which can be said about most beers. I’m glad I tried it, but it really just cemented the fact that I don’t like light beers. Oh, don’t tell my mom I drank.
Bread, Duck Pate, and Nutella
As I make my way west through Europe, my American money gets weaker and weaker. In Poland I was living the high life, in Prague I was a little more aware of my budget. Prague is by no means expensive by Western standards. I never paid more than $13 for any meal, butI knew that with my future travels to Amsterdam and the UK I really had to start budgeting my food expenses. Enter the neighborhood market. A really great and easy way to save money on food is to not eat out all the time and instead buy food from the local supermarket. I bought a jar of what I hope wad duck pate, a small loaf of sliced bread, a 1 litre bottle of water, a diet coke, and a couple of packets of Nutella for less than $4 US. This would last me at least two meals, probably 4 if I tried hard enough. The above picture doesn’t look very appetizing, but it was actually very good and it did its job.