1) Tatarák is minced fresh beef mixed with egg yolk and served with a bunch of spices. It may be all mixed but you would be better to order it being served up separately. This way you’ll have the meat in the middle of your plate, and garlic, diced onion, salt, mustard, pepper, paprika, diced cucumber and ketchup or Worcestershire sauce around it. Mix it, experiment with it to your taste, put it on fried bread, combine it all differently and you’ll find yourself deliciously occupied for at least half an hour.
2) Palačinky are Czech thin pancakes that can be served in numerous ways topped with whipped cream, ice cream, nuts, jam, sweet cheese either mixed or separately. Yumm.
3) Vepřo knedlo zelo may be challenging for you to pronounce, but this is the one dish you aren’t allowed to skip when in the Czech Republic. Considered to be the country’s soul food, this dish has a pork base smothered in dumplings and sauerkraut. Served with different sauces, this dish will not fail to delight.
4) Smažený sýr which means fried cheese will remind you mozzarella sticks. Served with French fries which they call hranolky and a tangy tartar sauce, this dish is very tasty and good looking.
5) Svíčková na smetaně is a truly unique and traditional Czech dish. It consists of beef sirloin heavily drenched in vegetable-laden gravy and served with a slice of lemon, cranberry sauce, cream and bread dumplings. Sounds odd but tastes good.
6) Bramboráky are mouth-watering golden-fried potato pancakes that may not be the Czech invention but they are very popular here and may be the welcome rest from other pretty fatty dishes, especially if you are a vegetarian.
7) Nakládaný hermelín is pickled cheese served with peppers, onions, marinade and Czech fried bread. It is very creamy, spicy, and delicious.
8) Utopenci is another snack that goes perfectly with beer. Pork sausages get pickled in vinegary marinade with onion, bay leaf, pepper and herbs and then eaten cold with bread.