„Pálinkás jó reggelt!” – „Good morning with pálinka!”

A funny Hungarian greeting is “Pálinkás jó reggelt!” which means “Good morning with pálinka!”. But please, do not you think Hungarians start the day with a shotdrink. Pálinka is one of Hungary’s finest alcoholic beverages, cooked already from the middle ages. The first records of this Hungarian spirit date back to the fourteenth century, and refer […]

Szamos Chocolate Museum and Coffee, Budapest

Most people had childhood dreams of visiting a chocolate factory one day. Szamos is open to anyone, who would like to learn or be involved in the exciting world of chocolate manufacturing. The traditional cakes, marzipans, and smaller confectioneries of Szamos are well known and loved throughout the country, and the family has been operating the […]

Hungarian’s pizza, the is ‘lángos’?

Lángos is a Hungarian food speciality, sinilarly to pizza, a deep fried flatbread, made of of water or milk and flour, yeast, sugar and salt. The milk and sugar are not ingredients for pizza. Traditionally lángos was baked in the front of the brick oven, close to the flames. This is the basis for its name; “láng” means “flame” […]

The ‘burning’ dessert – the Gundel pancake

Classically in this ‘stacked’ pancake there are 16 layers of crepes with fillings of chocolate, walnut, and apricot jam. The layers of the crepe must be paper-thin, but stacked so high with their fillings that it looks like a layered cake. Chocolate oozes from within the layers and, on the theory that there is never […]

“Hungary’s favourite dessert” – the Somloi sponge cake

This decadent Hungarian trifle recipe is known as ‘somloi galuska’ , and is made with three different-flavored sponge cakes, pastry cream, raisins, walnuts, chocolate sauce, and whipped cream. The traditional presentation is to scoop three balls of this dessert into a bowl or on a plate, dollop with whipped cream and garnish with chocolate sauce. […]

A double invention from Hungary – the „fröccs” (the fruch)

Some say to mix wine with water is a capital offence. But mix wine with soda water is a Hungaricum, the „fröccs”. History of the „fröccs” („spritzer” in German, „fruch” in English) goes back to the 19th century. Actually two things are needed to make a fruch: wine and soda, not mineral water water. Wine Hungarians always […]

‘Palóc’ soup

Palóc Goulash or Palóc Soup is similar like Hungarian goulash, but h consists of more ingredients, for example French beans and sour cream. Originally it’s made of lamb, but sometimes Hungarians use pork to cook it. The “palóc” word means the Palóc County, which is home to Hungary’s largest Catholic ethnic minority. But the palóc soup is […]

‘Rétes’ – the Hungarian strudel

There is a difference between strudels depending on where they come from.  Hungarian strudel  can be filled with hundreds of different sweet or savoury fillings. Apple, sweet ricotta, cherry, poppy seed paste are the most popular ones, you will see in patisseries. If you are lucky to have tried some home made rétes at your […]

Jókai bean soup

The popularity of Jókai Style Bean Soup is undiminished and it is one of the top three preferred Hungarian dishes nowadays. The best proof of the excellence of this dish is the fact that it was added to the French gastronomic literature under the name of „Soupe d’hamcots see a la Jókai”. The soup was […]

The legendary Dobos Cake

One of the great fad desserts of the 19th century, the Dobostorta, Dobos torta or ‘torte Dobosh’ was invented by the famous Hungarian confectioner Jozsef C. Dobos in 1884. Dobos owned a far-famed shop in Budapes,t that specialized in gourmet foods generally: at a time when shipping food over distance was usually unreliable, his shop […]

The ‘hot salad’ of Hungary – Lecsó

„Lecsó, Lečo, Letscho or Leczo is a savory Hungarian vegetable stew.  The Hungarian recipe calls for yellow Hungarian peppers, which are moderately spicy. In north America, a suitable substitute for the Hungarian pepper would be Jalapeño, Guajillo, or New Mexican Anaheim peppers. In other words, do not substitute Serrano, Habanero or Thai chiles in the […]

‘The dotted is the real one’ – Túró Rudi

In Hungary there is a product that is beloved by almost everyone, no matter if we talk about an adult or a child. It is no surprise that this product is the so called Túró Rudi. As a matter of fact most of the countries do not even know about the existence of the Hungarian […]