Our second round of Czech food will be more focused on home-made meals. Czech people know these specialities from their childhood, but for foreigners are weird...
Pork crackling spread (Škvarková pomazánka)
Homemade pork crackling spread mixed with spring onion and served with bread is a must.
Beer cheese (Pivní sýr)
A kind of extremely pungent cheese mixed and smashed with chopped onions, paprika, mustard, (sometimes butter as well) and a little actual beer to create a dish according your taste.
Olomouc cheese (Olomoucké tvarůžky)
Famous stinky cheese from Olomouc with a low fat content (roughly 1%), high protein and calcium content is therefore suitable for a low-fat or gluten-free diet. The tradition of making this cheese dates back to the 15th century.
Fried bread (Topinka)
A slice of semi-dark bread fried in fat and sprinkled with salt and brushed liberally with garlic. Just cut a clove in half and rub the cut end over the crispy bread; the sharp edges grate it nicely into a spread. Also goes well with steak tartare (tatarák or tatarský biftek).
Garlic soup (Česneková polévka or česnečka)
This soup is said to be the number one hangover cure. It's a simple affair of broth, potatoes, garlic and onions, sometimes served with croutons, grated cheese, and small pieces of ham or egg.
Tripe soup (Dršťková polévka)
A thick soup made of strong beef stock with pre-cooked tripe, root vegetables, marjoram, paprika and garlic. Comes very spicy.
Kulajda soup (Kulajda)
This creamy, thick soup is prepared according to various recipes all over the country. Kulajda is usually made with potatoes, dill, mushrooms and eggs.
Dill soup (Koprová polévka)
A soup prepared from sour milk with floating eggs, whole or cut in the middle.
Main Courses (Hlavní chod)
Spanish bird (Španělský ptáček)
There is no bird in this dish, rather thin slices of rump or sirloin that have been pounded thin and wrapped around long slices of pickle, bacon, egg, and/or onion. The 'birds' are then roasted in stock, which is the basis of the sauce, served with boiled plain rice.
Moravian sparrow (Moravský vrabec)
Another dish named after birds (but without any bird). Roasted pieces of pork belly or shoulder marinated in garlic and cumin. Then served with dumplings and sauerkraut (or pureed spinach)
Steak tartar (Tatarský biftek or Tatarák)
Finely chopped or minced raw beef, served with raw egg, onions, and a variety of sauces to season the mince. Is more a meal than a snack, but it also goes well with beer and usually served with topinky – fried bread.
Ham flakes (Šunkofleky)
Made of cooked fleky (dry pasta noodles cut into small pieces) cubed smoked meet, eggs, cream and it's all baked in an oven. This food is rarely to be found in restaurants, but sometimes offered on lunch menus.
Vegetarian dishes (Vegetariánské pokrmy)
Many of Czech dishes contain meat, but there are a few vegetarian meals. The only problem is that they are all fried. These are fried cheese (smažený sýr) popularly known as smažák, fried mushrooms (smažené žampiony) and fried cauliflower (smažený květák). These dishes are often served with fries and tartar sauce.
You can also try potato pancakes (bramboráky) - shallow-fried pancakes of grated or ground potato, flour and egg, often flavored with grated onion or garlic and seasoning.
Egg-n-dumplings (Knedlíky s vajíčkem)
This is not a fancy food, you won't find it in restaurants – sliced dumplings are just pan-fried with fresh eggs, onion, milk and butter.
Mushroom stir fry (Houbová smaženice)
Smaženice consists of scrambled eggs with the flavor coming from almost-caramelized onions and the wild mushrooms.
Sweet dishes (sladká jídla)
Bread pudding (Žemlovka or Zemlbába)
A sweet dish made of apples and rohlíks or veka which are soaked by sweet milk, served with cinnamon and raisins.
Semolina porridge (Krupicová kaše)
A porridge made from semolina boiled in sweetened milk. It's served warm, sprinkled with cocoa, sugar, melted butter or cinnamon.
Pancakes / Crêpes (Palačinky)
A thin crêpe-like variety of pancake – light and rollable, filled with jam, fruit, chocolate or whipped cream.
Sweet noodles with poppy seed (Nudle s mákem)
Homemade noodles with ground poppy seeds are served with powdered sugar and melted butter.
Another similar dish is potato cones with poppy seeds (Bramborové šišky s mákem), called cones as they resemble cones of a coniferous trees.
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