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The Czech cuisine may pleasantly surprise all gourmands. Even though it has been influenced by the cuisines of neighbouring countries, old Czech recipes still remain the strongest inspiration.

The Czech cuisine may pleasantly surprise all gourmands. Even though it has been influenced by the cuisines of neighbouring countries, old Czech recipes still remain the strongest inspiration. They are based on those ingredients that could have been grown at home – primarily grains, pulses, potatoes and meat. Delicious and imaginative dishes, which can be found in Czech cuisine, originated from these seemingly plain ingredients. Dishes such as pork with dumplings and cabbage, sirloin with cream sauce and dumplings, plum dumplings or blueberry cakes are generally associated with the Czech cuisine.

Vepřo-knedlo-zelo (Pork, dumplings and cabbage)

The most typical Czech dish consists of pork fillets, yeast dumplings and boiled cabbage.

Svíčková na smetaně (Sirloin steak with cream sauce)

In the Czech Republic, sirloin steak with cream sauce means beef sirloin with vegetables, flavoured with pepper, allspice, thyme, bay leaves and lemon. It is traditionally served with yeast dumplings, a slice of lemon, a little bit of cream and some cranberries are placed on top of the meat. Sirloin steaks can be found in several forms throughout Europe. However, this recipe dates back to the 16th and 17th centuries, and Czechs brought the taste to perfection thanks to ingredients which are typical of the Czech country. You will not find the same tasting sauce anywhere else in the world.

The sampling of regional specialities might bring new experiences. In Plzeňský kraj, the specialties are, for example, chodské koláče - Chod cakes (made of yeast dough, flavoured cheese, poppy, jam, sprinkled with raisins and almonds), báč (potato pancake roasted on a frying pan in Klatovsko), černý kuba – black kuba (Old Czech dish made of groat and mushrooms), hnětýnky (trimmed decorated sweets).

Plzeň became famous primarily thanks to its beer, the production of which has a tradition dating back to the end of the 13th century. The beginnings of the modern history of beer brewing in Plzeň are usually traced to the year 1842, when the communal Měšťanský pivovar (Burgess Brewery) was established. For the first time in history, the world-renowned lager with unique qualities (Pilsner Urquell) was brewed here. However, Plzeňský kraj also has a distilled liquor and wine tradition. In 1920, the Italian entrepreneur Lionello Stock established a branch of his prosperous liqueur factory in the Plzeň quarter of Božkov. The bitter spirit Fernet-Stock, introduced in 1927, today is the flagship of the liqueur factory and the most successful Czech spirit, while it is also listed in the world Top 100 of the most-sold spirit brands in the world. Bohemia Sekt in Starý Plzenec near Plzeň is a producer specialised in the production of sparkling wine of high and superior quality.

Last edited by: Beránek Filip (23.06.2010)

 


 

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