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I'll be going to Budapest in a few weeks. This is travel for work, and often I get to some place because of my job and then just at the very last minute when I'm there I remember that I want also to enjoy the place, and especially the cuisine.

So, I'm going to Budapest. I know that Hungarian food is known to be spicy and that a good dish is the goulash. But I'm not sure.

Which is a very typical Hungarian food from Budapest that I MUST taste?

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This is going to be a little hard since the cuisine is very diverse. – Karlson Apr 19 '13 at 18:00
If it is within your budget, you should consider eating at Onyx restaurant, which is the only Michelin-starred restaurant that serves Hungarian food (the other starred restaurant in Budapest is more international in its offerings). – Sarastro Apr 20 '13 at 5:02
@Karlson yep, then wikipedia was saying it right! I was reading it before my post but it seemed to me to be too diverse... In any case I really would like some 'skilled' suggestion. Maybe I can change my quesiton in "whciha are at least 3 dishes I cant miss"? What do you think about it? – Daniele B Apr 22 '13 at 6:41
@Sarastro Thankkksss! That's really a good suggestion. Is it expenisve? – Daniele B Apr 22 '13 at 6:42
@DanieleB You can see their menu and prices here: They serve Hungarian wines as well. – Sarastro Apr 22 '13 at 9:26
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So in general, food in Hungary (eating out) is a lot less expensive than Western Europe, which is handy :)

Note that - due to a historical translation error - "goulash soup" is indeed a soup, not the "goulash" that visitors may be familiar with from home which is known as "pörkölt".

Local dishes often revolve around meat, include lots of paprika in their seasoning - not necessarily the hot kind.

Some to consider having:

  • gulyás(leves) usually translated as 'goulash soup' - a filling meat soup (usually beef) with potatoes and paprika, among other ingredients. Served as main dish or as a (heavy) starter. The name refers to the Hungarian version of a cowboy taking care of a 'gulya' (cattleherd).
  • paprikás veal or chicken cooked in delicious creamy paprika sauce (not spicy) pörkölt a stew with of sautéed onions and - paprika. Similar to what is served as 'goulash' abroad.
  • halászlé - fishermen's soup served differently depending on region
  • töltött káposzta - stuffed cabbage, the cooked cabbage leafs are filled with meat and in a paprika sauce, served with sour cream (similar to crème fraîche or crème acidulée)
  • Balaton pike-perch (fogas)
  • gyümölcsleves - fruit soup - cold, creamy and sweet, consumed as a starter.

If you're vegan/vegetarian, you may wish to consider the restaurant Govinda, in Budapest.

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Although I'm quite sure with a name like Govinda's you will be trying the Indian cuisine of Hungary rather than the hungarian cuisine. – Simon Apr 29 '13 at 8:13

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