Foods You Gotta Try When Visiting Budapest

Mar 28, 2018

When I travel one of my favorite things to do is experience the local cuisine, which is what I’m most looking forward to on our trip to Prague, Vienna and Budapest.

I’ve been doing lots of research about the traditional foods of these countries and I can’t wait to start eating my way across each country.

These are some of my “must try” foods I hope to experience when we travel through Budapest.   They are taken from an article called “25 Foods You Gotta Try in Budapest’ written by Wendy Hung for

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Túrógombóc- Curd or cottage cheese dumplings in the shape of balls, boiled in water then covered with buttery bread crumbs and served with warm, sweetened sour-cream sauce.

Gulyás -Also known as: goulash – the national dish of Hungary.  Goulash is traditionally Hungarian made from a meat stew with noodles and vegetables, seasoned with paprika and other sorts of delish spices for hearty flavors.

Lecsó -Hungarian version of vegetable soup comes with green and red peppers, tomatos, onions, lard, salt, sugar and paprika. It’s thick, stewy and a vegetarian’s dream.

Paprikás Csirke -Chicken paprikash is another one of Hungary’s famous soups, it’s creamy with red spiced paprika and comes with a stewed chicken leg with the texture quite tender and soft.

Rantott Sajt

Rántott Sajt -Deep…fried…cheese. YUM! Rántott Sajt are flat cheese croquette, cheese rolled in breadcrumbs and, deep fried. Very addictive.

Halászlé -Aka: Fisherman’s soup that is a hot, spicy paprika-based river fish soup.  It’s particularly prepared in the Danube regions, and frequently on restaurant menus.

Újházy chicken broth -A local favorite! Újházy chicken broth contains a whole chicken, mixed with carrots, mushrooms, garlic, tomato, green pepper, cauliflower and peas. It a traditional dish that’s often eaten a Hungarian weddings.

Lángos -Can’t say no to fried dough! Langos is flat bread made with flour, yeast, water and salt. It’s frequently see it topped with mashed potatoes, sour cream yogurt, grated cheese, ham or sausages.


Pörkölt- Completely different from goulash Porkolt is boneless meat, stewed with paprika, vegetables but without potatoes. The meat can vary from beef, lamb, chicken and pork.

Töltött Káposzta are made from picked cabbage leaves, filled with minced pork meat, paprika with a dab of sour cream on top. .

Töltött Paprika- is mixed with rice, diced red onions, salt, herbs, garlic, ground black pepper, ground paprika, parsley or rosemary. At times, they may also contain mushrooms or meat and cabbage.

Turos Csusza

Túrós Csusza- Curd or cottage cheese noodles. The traditional kind are normally homemade with flour, eggs mixed into a dough and torn by hand so they look uneven then boiled in water.  It’s savory and totally comforting.

Gesztenyepüré is a chestnut purée, sweetened served with whipped cream. It’s sometimes mixed in with chocolate or cocoa powder and rum.

Rákóczi túrós- A shortcrust pastry, topped with sweet cottage cheese and finished with a layer of meringue and apricot jam. It’s citrusy and sweet.

Kürtőskalács- A chimney cake made from sweet yeast then spun and wrapped around a truncated cone-shaped baking material. Melted butter, granulated sugar, caramel, crispy, shiny, cinnomony and walnuty are all the reasons why I plan on hunting down this treat!

Túró Rudi -A chocolate bar stuffed with cottage cheese. You can easily find these in grocery stores, and it comes in different flavors and sizes. The plain one is with dark chocolate, and makes the perfect snack for the road!

The full trip brochure is available online here:

For more information about how to book your seat for the Imperial Cities Tour, call Laura at Holiday Travel Vacations at 228-6355, or email