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    Some Local Czech Dishes Worth Trying

    The concept of Czech cuisine is pretty recent, with the first Czech cookbooks being dated around the 19thcentury. However, foreign influences had been helping to form this particular national cuisine long before that.

    In contrast to many English-speaking countries, lunch (usually hot) is the most important meal of the day in the Czech Republic. And the Czechs surely know how to make this central part of their daily diet nothing less than a masterpiece.

    A Czech lunch typically consists of up to 3 courses, with soup as a starter, then main course and a dessert, usually in the form of a baked buchta or koláč (cake or pie). Czechs love their soups, creamy sauces, leavened cakes and pies, dumplings, and plenty of other delicious and sometimes stomach-heavy masterpieces.

    Some of these dishes include:

    1. Vepřo Knedlo Zelo (Pork, Dumplings and Sauerkraut)

    This Czech classic is widely recognized as the national dish, even though its origins can be traced to neighboring Bavaria. The pork neck is usually slow roasted in the oven with spices, onions, and garlic, and the resulting roast is literally just pieces of tender pork meat swimming in delicious juices. It is usually accompanied by sweet and sour stewed sauerkraut and dumplings (either bread, yeast, potato, or a mixture of all).

    2. Svíčková na Smetaně (Roast Sirloin in Sour Cream Sauce w/ Dumplings)

    Svíčková is very often a source of amusement among English-speaking Czechs, as they tend to comically call it “the candle sauce”, which would be the literal translation. The dish is a slow roasted sirloin in a juice/base of carrots, celeriac, parsley root, and onion, which is later on blended into a very smooth sauce softened with full-fat cream. The sauce is then poured over the thin slices of tender sirloin, accompanied by the now well-known dumplings and garnished with cranberry compote and a slice of lemon.

    3. Smažené Tvarůžky (Fried Olomouc Cheese)

    Tvarůžky are round slices (or rings or cubes) of traditional smelly cheese from Olomouc (hence their name, Olomoucké tvarůžky) made from fat-free sour curd.

    4. Pečená Kachna se Zelím (Roast Duck with Sauerkraut and Dumplings)

    Roast duck with sauerkraut and a mixture of dumplings is a festive Czech dish, usually served on special family occasions or ordered in a restaurant as a treat.

    Discover more mouth-watering Czech dishes here

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