These small folk-restaurants (csarda) can be found all over the country.
Of course, you need to go out from Budapest, but there are a lot of them
all around the Lake Balaton or everywhere else. There are more and less
expensive and in many of them you can enjoy folk-music while you eat.|
Hungarians like vine and in several parts of the country
vine-growing has been common for centuries. The most famous vines grow on
the slope of Badacsony (North Balaton) and Tokaj (Northern Hills). There are
this kind of vine-cellar restaurants all over Hungary.
Fish-soup is very common in Hungary, even though we never eat sea-fish. Kecseg,
csuka, keszeg -some types of fish of Balaton and the major rivers. Be careful -
it is often hot! Most often the second dish after the fish-soup is pasta with
cottage cheese and sour cream.
This is another "hot soup", probably the
most known Hungarian food - the gulyas soup. I have tried to get the original favor of gulyas in the USA - in vain. It is the best with Hungarian pepper, onion and tomato - and the other "secret ingrediens". You can find several recepies among my links and some of them are really good. But well, try the original one - in Hungary!
This is my favourite hungarian dish: Stuffed cabbage. It was a success every time
when I offered it to Americans as well. We really stuff the leaves of the cabbage
I found some Hungarian butchers in the US who sell these special leaves. It is worth it to try.
Finally a real Hungarian "cake", called
"retes". It is delicious, stuffed with cabbage, poppy seed, cottage cheese or cherry. Many women can make the dough by hand on a big table for example my