|Street food on the day after the wedding... Sausage,|
chicken and onion skewers and potatoes cooked in bacon fat.
Feel your arteries clog from the fat and salt.
Our trip started with a few days in Budapest, filled with sightseeing and eating. Then we headed to Pécs in southern Hungary for the wedding, and from there part of the wedding party continued on to the wine region of Villány close to the Croatian border.
How to describe Hungarian food? Well, as my Hungarian friend put it, it's lots of meat with lots of fat and lots of salt. And I fully agree, it's definitely no diet food. I am having trouble doing the top button of my jeans after just a week, so any longer stay would probably have disastrous consequences. Also, being a vegetarian might not be as hard as it has been, but finding good vegetarian dishes is not very easy. I usually don't use any salt in my food, so I was also struggling a bit with the high salt content, be particularly aware of sausages and bacon, they will make you thirsty for a week.
|I'm traditionally not a big fan of cherries (apart from the|
fresh ones), but the sour cherry and chocolate ice cream
was pretty awesome.
|The meat platter served at the wedding.|
|The amazingly delicious wedding cake,|
raspberry and white chocolate.
|Garlic soup with deep fried (yes, you read that right) bread.|
One of the most common cakes is rétes (strudel). Ooh, the strudel. Served warm with poppy seed ice cream in a restaurant or still warm, eaten right on the spot from the bakery. In addition to the berry and fruit filled strudel there is one filled with a creamy soft cheese and raisins. So good!
One of my absolute favourite baked goods was chimney cake (kürtőskalács), which you can buy from touristy street vendors all over town for a few pounds. It's basically a sweet white dough rolled thinly, cut into strips and cooked wrapped around a hot metal cylinder and the outside dipped in cinnamon sugar, vanilla sugar, walnuts, almond shavings or chocolate shavings. It's basically a bun in a funny shape and its really good with a soft inside and nice crispy outside with the cinnamon sugar. The one I liked best was from a small coffee shop called Molnár's (Váci Utca 31, right next to the Elisabeth Bridge).
|Chimney cake by the Elisabeth Bridge.|
|The cake selection at Gerbeaud. Combined with|
hot dark chocolate, it was pure chocolate bliss.
|Selection of things to take home: paprika powder, |
goose liver and Unicum, the most vile drink known to man.
|The omnipresent paprikas.|
|Wishing cherries were this price in the UK|
(less than a pound and a half for a kg)!
|Pike sushi with cucumber gel, lime, cucumbers and |
cucumber mousse from the wine tasting menu.
|Another course from the wine tasting menu, grilled duck |
liver and duck liver patee with rhubarb.