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If you are a tour fanatic and wondering where your next adventure should be, then you should definitely travel to Hungary. Tucked away in Central Europe, the Republic of Hungary offers a wide variety of tourist destinations. From the Great Plain in its East, the low mountains, all sorts of river and lakes and the beautiful small villages, this country has a lot to offer. It not only boasts of a fascinating culture and economy, but its top Hungarian cuisines are to die for.

Why Hungary?

Hungary is among the top tourist destination worldwide. Its capital; Budapest, is the largest city in the country and is regarded as being among the most beautiful cities in the world and undoubtedly a source of pride to the Hungarians. This small country is home to many World Heritage Sites such as the Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst, Tokaj Wine Region Historic Cultural Landscape, and Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs (Sopianae), among others. It also takes pride in Lake Hévíz; which is the second largest thermal lake worldwide, and Hortobágy National Park (Europes’largest semi-natural grassland). In terms of architecture, Hungary boasts of Esztergom Basilica (Europe’s 3rd largest church), Gödöllő (World’s 2nd largest Baroque castle), and the Great Synagogue (Europe’s largest synagogue), among many other impressive buildings. As a tourist, you are guaranteed of safe food and water while in Hungary, a stable political climate and good safety.

Hungarian Cuisines:

hungarian_cuisineHugarian cuisines is another interesting feature in this small beautiful country. If you one who enjoys a good tasty meal, these cuisines will definitely pique your interest. Hungarian traditional dishes are mostly based on meats, fruits, dairy products, fresh bread and seasoned vegetable. The regular feature of their cuisines is mixing different varieties of meat. Hungarians are very fond of their meat stews, poultry, roasted pork, beef, casseroles, lamb and game. Some of their top dishes include the following:

Goulash (gulyás): This is a must-have dish when in Hungary. Though it may vary in different places, a basic goulash dish is a stew or soup made of meat (beef, veal or pork), potatoes, carrots, spices, and seasoned with paprika. The name Goulash was derived from gulyás; Hungarian herdsmen, who are known to have prepared this dish in kettles over an open fire. As such, a kettle made goulash is therefore considered as the most genuine version of this cuisine

Fisherman’s soup (Halászlé): The Fisherman’s soup is another of the country’s favorite dish, which is strictly a paprika based freshwater fish soup. This spicy dish is prepared with mixed river fish; mainly catfish, carp, pike or perch, and hot paprika, and like the goulash, it is also cooked in a kettle over an open fire. The generous amount of hot paprika used makes it one of the spiciest cuisines in the country.
Lángos: Another must-try cuisine in Hungary is lángos; a deep-fried flat bread that is prepared as an alternative to ordinary bread. It’s often served with cheese, sour cream, and garlic dipping; though the list is endless depending on your creativity. The lángos’ dough is cooked in hot oil and can be prepared with a wide variety of toppings; a feature that makes it popular.
Főzelék: The Főzelék dish is a thick vegetable stew mainly served for lunch as the main course. It can be made with a variety of ingredients such as potatoes, beans, carrots, lentils, peas, cabbage, spinach, tomatoes, or mixed vegetables. The stew is thickened using sour cream or roux. Although it’s a perfect one-course dish, one can also top it with fried eggs, meatballs flavored with garlic or smoked sausages. If you are on a diet, this should probably be top on your list of foods while in Hungary.
Somlói Galuska: For dessert, the Somlói Galuska should do the trick. It’s a delicious sponge cake that is layered with walnut kernel, and raisins served with chocolate sauce, rum, and whipped cream.

Other cuisines to consider include, Pörkölt and Paprikás, Dobos Torte, Kürtös Kalács, and Túrós Csusza among many other countless dishes.

So the next time the travel bug nags at you, make sure to travel to Hungary. Get to experience this breathtaking hidden gem rather than hear of it and entice your taste buds with the mouthwatering top Hungarian cuisines.

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