Eat Your Way through the Hungarian Capital of Budapest – The Budapest Food Guide
The Hungarian Goulash
A Goulash, is essentially a stew of vegetables and meat, seasoned with paprika and other spices. Goulash can be prepared from beef, veal, pork or lamb. One can find Goulash, practically in all restaurants, but the best and most budget friendly goulash soups are available in the Jewish District. One such place, as recommended by our walking tour guide, was the Blue Rose Restaurant, in the Jewish Quarter. The further you go away from the Danube, the better is the quality and the price (first hand experience).
A big bowl of Goulash, is served with a bread portion, making it a meal in itself.
Langos / Langosh
The one street food you have to try in Budapest is Langos, which you can have it from the food stalls on the first floor in the Grand Market Hall, or at Retro Langos. Langos or Langosh, is leavened dough fried in high quality oil, brushed with fresh garlic, sprinkled with salt, and served with the serving of your choice. The best toppings has to be that of sour cream, cheese and onion, and either bacon/ham or anything else. It is essentially a crispy, strechy deep fried snack, ready in moments.
A type of layered pastry, with fillings usually on the sweeter side. You can either try one for yourself at the Grand Market Hall, or at Reteshaz, which is the first strudel house of Pest. If you are really adventurous, you should try the cabbage filling, which is savory, instead of sweet.
One of the most budget friendly, yet flooded with flavors, things to eat in Budapest is the Pizza, which is usually sold by the slice. And mind you, the slices, are pretty big, and loaded with flavors. You can have a slice for yourself, from any of the many shops selling Pizzas, and other bakery items.
Food Tour with Taste Hungary
The main ideology of Taste Hungary, is to give the customers a unique Hungarian Experience, as its experiences that matter the most, and also have the most recollection value, post trip. One such experience offered by Taste Hungary is their Dinner Walk, priced at 110 USD per person.
Start the evening with some traditional Hungarian Wine Tasting at Tasting Table, where along with the different wines, you are served a cold meat platter to accompany the wine. The host from Taste Hungary, Angela in my case, meets you here, and imparts knowledge about the wine culture, the different wine regions of Hungary.
The next stop is a restaurant called Fulemule, where you start the first course, ie the soup, along with a glass of wine.
On your way to the main course, which is served at Getto Gulyas, you pass through Szimpla Kert – one of the famous ruin bars in Budapest. During the main course, you get to try out a lot of different dishes, like Chicken Breast Paprikash, Beef Stew, Venison Stew – all made in traditional Hungarian style, along with a glass of wine of your choice.
Just when you think, that you can’t have any more, the host from Taste Hungary, takes you to one of the quite interesting bars Pharma, where you taste quite an interesting cocktail.
The final stop for the night is at Callas, which is one of the oldest coffee shops, where you get to try one of their yummy cakes, along with a hot drink of your choice, like hot chocolate.
If you have more time in Budapest, make sure to check out the other unique experiences offered by Taste Hungary like Culinary Walks, Wine Tastings, Jewish Cuisine and Cultural Walk, among many others.
Been to Budapest before? Feel free to add more suggestions to this Budapest Food Guide, in the comments below.
Disclaimer : No compensation was received for this article, however Taste Hungary offered my dinner tour complimentary. As always, the opinions on theETLRblog.com are (and always will be) my own!