A Guide to Hungarian Food in Budapest

Budapest isn’t the place to be if you’re trying to lose weight. A standard meal will include some delicious concoction of protein, fat and carbs. Goulash, soup and lecso are all staples of Hungarian food, but there’s more to the cuisine than that.

Hungarians love their sausages, and the kolbasz variety can be boiled, dried or smoked, and used in every way possible, hot or cold. Paprika’s added to most dishes, including the kolbasz, so if you don’t like your food with a kick you should let your server know when you order.

Jokai bean soup is a popular choice, a mix of vinegar, sour cream, beans, smoked pork, parsley root and carrots. Stuffed cabbage rolls are also a favourite, and usually served on a bed of sauerkraut. They can be stuffed with anything, but expect a delicious mix of meat and paprika.

Don’t be surprised if you see foie gras on the menu. Meatballs, deep fried cheese and cottage cheese noodles are also very popular.

To satisfy your sweet tooth, pick up some kürtőskalács from the market. A chimney cake served hot and hollow off a hot stick, it’s made from melted butter, caramel and walnuts, with further sweet treats added on top.

You should also try a Turo Rudi while you’re in town, a chocolate bar stuffed with cottage cheese and found in any sweet shop worth its salt.

Every year on the 8 May is national ice cream day in Hungary, so you can slurp on one for a nice and cheap price. The reason for the day is that the Roman numeral for the fifth month is V and if you add an 8 on top, you have yourself an ice cream!