Some essays on Eating in Hungary
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The following essays have been written by some Hungarian students who tested the portal and who wrote their contribution in English.

If you want to know something about this topic, please go to the Cooking recipe section too, where you can find the recipes of some typical Hungarian dishes.


Eating habits in Hungary


Hungarian cuisine is famous and we are proud of our national dishes, such as tuffed cabbage, paprika chicken with sour cream and dumplings, fish soup, Újházi Chicken soup, Hortobágyi stuffed pancakes.
But we usually don't eat in a healthy way. Hungarians eat too much meat, bread, noodles and use too much fat and spices. But we don't eat enough fresh vegetables and fruit. That's why many people get fat when they become adults.

Two remarkable elements of Hungarian cuisine that are hardly noticed by locals, but usually conjure up much enthusiasm amongst foreigners, are different forms of vegetable stews called főzelék as well as cold fruit soups, like cold  sour cherry soup

Hungarian food is often spicy, due to the common use of hot paprika. Sweet (mild) paprika is also common. Additionally, the combination of paprika lard and yellow onions is typical of Hungarian cuisine, and the use of the thick sour cream called tejföl

Lunch is the major meal of the day, usually with several courses. Cold or hot appetizers may be served sometimes (for example fish, egg or liver), then soup. Soup is followed by a main dish. The main dish is a dish including meat and salad, which precedes the dessert. Fruit may follow.


Typical Hungarian dishes:  goulash soup

stuffed cabbage

Lecsó (mixed vegetable stew, made of tomato and paprika,

somewhat similar to ratatouille)


Black pudding

Szabó Timea

Eating Customs in Hungary


The best-known ingredient in Hungarian food is the red-powdered spice. It is used to flavor many dishes. Other staples of Hungarian cooking include onions, cabbage, potatoes, noodles, and caraway seeds. Both cream and sour cream are used heavily in Hungarian food. Dumplings are very popular as are cabbages or green peppers stuffed with meat and rice. Another favorite is the pancake. It is often rolled or wrapped around different kinds of fillings.

Hungarians eat a lot of meat, mostly pork or beef. Many meat dishes are dipped in bread and then baked or fried. Hungarians also prepare many different kinds of sausages. The Hungarian national dish is meat stew. People outside Hungary call it "goulash”. The dish they call goulash, is actually a soup made with meat and paprika.  Paprika is also a key ingredient in another national dish for example a fish soup.

Hungary is known for its wines, especially the sweet wines of the Tokay region.


In my opinion the eating customs in Hungary are not too healthy. Hungarian foods are full of fat and spice. We should eat more fruits and vegetables.

Vincze Kinga