Lecsó is a ridiculously simple mix of peppers, tomatoes and onions that are left to create their own magic together with a little help from salt, pepper and, of course, paprika. Essentially a Hungarian ratatouille, this highly versatile lecsó can be spruced up with sausage or eggs, and is used as a base for many other dishes.
Nokedli is the Hungarian version of Spätzle, the Swabian noodle dish made from fresh eggs. It’s so simple to make and goes perfectly with any kind of paprikás or in soups. The key is to match the correct amount of flour with the eggs to make them light and fluffy. Keep reading for this super quick Hungarian Nokedli recipe!
The Ultimate Guide to Fröccs!
As the weather heats up and the bars reopen, the first question is surely – what to drink? While a white wine spritzer (fröccs) may simultaneously offend hardened beer drinkers and wine aficionados, it is actually a perfect, easy summer drink. Legend has it that combining wine and water was invented in Hungary shortly after Ányos Jedlik developed a method of mass-producing soda water.
The huge popularity has resulted in a bewildering array of mixes, with a variety of names ranging from descriptive to downright obscure. This can make it a little confusing to order what you want, but don’t worry! I’ve done the research and compiled this ultimate guide to fröccs for confused tourists and expats!
Chicken Paprikás is available in almost any Hungarian restaurant, but if you stick to the touristy places in the centre of Budapest it could well be disappointing or overpriced. I asked Nóri to show me the family recipe that you see here, which can be infinitely adjusted to suit your personal taste! Cook everything in one pot for a quick and easy weeknight meal which also keeps well in the fridge.
Hungarian Stereotypes – Are They True?
There are stereotypes about every nation, and us Brits are certainly subjected to a huge range – some slightly unfair but, usually, more accurate than we’d like to admit!
I decided to do a bit of googling to discover what are the main stereotypes aimed at Hungarians and offer some careful analysis on how accurate they are. A lot of these came from articles written by Hungarians so I’m hoping they aren’t too controversial!
All Hungarians have horses
I previously had no idea that this was apparently on of the major Hungarian stereotypes, it’s not like there are many horses wandering around Budapest. Although, the statue at Heroes Square does show the original 7 tribal leaders all on horseback.
My Favourite Hungarian Craft Breweries and Beers
Typically known for its wine and pálinka, Hungary also has a pretty strong craft beer scene. As a faithful user of Untappd this is very good news for me, and indeed anyone who isn’t interested in endless cans of Dreher.
Budapest is famous for ruinpubs and other cool places to grab a drink, so why not make the most of it and drink something good! A few Hungarian craft breweries are well known internationally, and some not so much. So, here’s a quick list of my favourites, sorted alphabetically because I can’t figure out how to rank them..
A small brewery putting out some experimental products but, fortunately, the experiments are a success! It was hard to choose a favourite as the range is consistently strong. LD50 Simcoe and Peeping Tom deserve honourable mentions.
Tips and resources for learning Hungarian
Hungarian is often regarded as one of the world’s toughest languages to learn. As a Brit, it can be all too easy to rely on English wherever we are in the world, especially for the basics.
I’m also not a “natural” language learner; I studied French and German at school, but was never really inspired by it. Later, I attempted to teach myself Spanish after spending a lot of time in Spanish-speaking countries for work. I would say I got as far as “restaurant” level, in that I can talk to a waiter or a taxi driver, but not much else.
So, learning Hungarian seems like a doomed project before I’ve even begun! But, I think it’s extremely important to make a decent effort to adapt and integrate if you decide to call a new country home.