Traditional Czech Vegetarian Food

Czech fried Cheese
Everybody knows that the typical Czech dish is pork with dumplings and sauerkraut. Other traditional dishes include meat again: usually pork or beef, with dumplings or potatoes, served with heavy but delicious cream sauces. Yes, this is the typical Czech cuisine that goes so well with the famous Czech beer. So the question is, is there any traditional vegetarian food in the Czech Republic at all?

The answer is yes, of course. Nevertheless, a food which is vegetarian, does not necessary have to be dietary, does it? This is the case of the traditional vegetarian food in the Czech Republic. There are at least two meatless dishes about which Czechs have been mad about for centuries. The first is “smazeny syr” and the second is “ovocne knedliky”. And yes, you should definitely try it.

“Smazeny syr”, in English fried cheese, is really popular among Czechs. Actually, it is so popular that many Czechs claim now the Czech Republic needs a trademark on it. Typical pubs as well as good restaurants have “smazeny syr” on their menus. It is served mostly with potatoes or fries. Czechs like to add Tartar sauce or ketchup. I would recommend it even to hearty eaters since this food is really filling.

“Ovocne knedliky”, in English fruit dumplings, are not the same dumplings as those you know from the dish: pork, dumplings and sauerkraut. Oh no! Those fruit dumplings are sweet! They are all round, and filled with fruit – most favorite are strawberry, apricot or plum dumplings. Sweet dumplings are served with chocolate or sweet cottage. Hmm, yummy! It is really great!

I do recommend those dishes although I admit that they are not really low-caloric. But once in a while it is harmless, moreover, it is delicious.

2 Comments for Traditional Czech Vegetarian Food

  1. Patrick said,

    Dec 26, 01:57 #

    Hi, I am running a website, VegTomato,, dedicating to introduce vegetariranism. May I have your permission to translate this article into Chinese so as to introduce the vegetarian meal in Prague for our readers? I will link back and credit it to you.
    Thank you in advance.
    And, look forward to hearing from you soon.


  2. Elen Prague said,

    Dec 28, 09:05 #

    Sure! Even when some of the world’s best chefs see cheese cooking as a hillbilly thing to do, we in Prague just love it. Enjoy.

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