Most Popular Czech dishes and drinks
Nowadays, the Czech cuisine mostly focuses on meals characteristic of Central Europe, but with many special elements such as different kinds of dumplings, original soups and sauces, and very specific pastry.
Some of the traditional Czech dishes are quite internationally renowned, such as marinated sirloin with special cream and vegetable sauce “Svíčková”, roast duck with braised red cabbage, strudel or ham. The Czech cuisine is also known for its dumplings, prepared in many different ways. There are bread dumplings and potato dumplings served as a side dish, yeast dumplings and liver dumplings added to soup, and last but not least sweet yeast-based dumplings, filled with fruits.
The Czechs also have their own version of goulash. Compared to the Hungarian version, it is thicker and contains no potatoes. Also, schnitzel is very popular in the Czech Republic. Czechs usually prepare it from pork and quite often the cutlet, breaded with flour, egg and bread crumbs, is fried with the bone.
The Czechs often begin their meals with soup. Potato soup and garlic soup belong among the most popular ones, but there are also some quite original soups such as tripe soup, dill soup, sauerkraut soup (made of cabbage), and white soup (made of soured milk). If the Czechs celebrate a wedding or other significant event, they usually have beef soup with liver dumplings.
And what about dessert? You could instead try Czech strudel “Štrůdl”, which is an apple pie made of a phyllo pastry roll, filled with apples and nuts. Also, there is a very rich variety of traditional Czech round cakes like Medovník or Marlenka, made from honey.
The most characteristic alcoholic beverage in Ostrava is, of course, the famous Czech beer – original from this region are Radegast and Ostravar. Brewing has a long history in the Czech Republic and Czech beer has been recognized as among the best in the world (the Czechs also traditionally rank high in beer consumption). Beer has been brewed since the end of the 1st millennium, and nowadays there are hundreds of breweries in the Czech Republic (including, of course, the very small ones, which are becoming more and more popular).
Don’t forget to try traditional liquors like Slivovice (very strong fruit brandy, distilled from fermented plums) and Becherovka based on a wide variety of herbs and spices! But take care!