December 3rd, 2013
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Dieting in Hungary is not recommended.

The country's cuisine is a rich blend of Europe, Middle-eastern and Asian food. The French lend their influence with goose liver pate, while the seven-layer Dobos cake can rival Austria's famed Sachertorte for sickly sweet extravagance.

Food here is abundant and affordable - a nightmare for weight-watchers, a dream for true foodies.

Goulash - is it a soup? Is it a stew?

Hungary's national dish (pronounced "gooyash," by the way) is a cross between the two, a steaming bowl of slow-cooked beef, carrots, onions and loads of Hungary's trademark paprika to give it a good kick.

It's hard to find a restaurant that doesn't serve it - from the humblest café to the grandest establishments.
Where to try it: In the sleek, modern surroundings of Budapest Bisztro (Vecsey utca 3, +36 1 783 0788).

Read - Guide to Hungary's signature dishes

Paprika: the spice of Hungarian life
Destination Hungary

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. ∞ Weeds ∞

    I don't think my book case has room for another cookbook but I'm going to make room because I want to taste some this.
    Get into my tummy.

    December 6, 2013 at 1:38 am | Reply
  2. JellyBean

    Photo # 3 is making me hungry!

    December 4, 2013 at 9:10 am | Reply
    • Whatareyou? A Comedian?

      That's H-u-n-g-a-r-y.

      December 4, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Reply

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