According to Origo.hu, one possible way of handling the midlife crisis in case one does not have the financial means to buy a new sports car, is to tick out each item on the gastronomy bucket list. There is no need for eating bugs and crickets. The traditional Hungarian cuisine provides just enough possibilities for lovers of bizarre dishes.
Tripe, marrow tripe
We are starting with the king of divisive foods, the stomach of the cattle which is either loved or mocked as a terry cloth. Some people are not willing to try it at all. But who dies without tasting tripe at least once in their lives is missing out on an important experience.
Since tripe, unlike hooves, does not solidify sauces, in Erdély, it is used to cook a picante, sour “csorba”.
Tripe with knuckle or hooves
In this dish, two or three ingredients are put together which can, in themselves, put some picky eaters in a state near a crying fit. Nevertheless, nothing better can happen with the tripe soup than thickening it with the collagen released during cooking from the knuckle and/or the hooves.
Brain soup from Erdély
A traditional recipe from Erdély, for times of feast on pig-killing days. It is made with sour cabbage-pickling brine, pig brain, and meatballs.
Marrow in breadcrumbs
The classic dish of small restaurants smelling of food. It is rarely made at home since it is difficult to remove the film-like skin off it, but the results would be worth the hard work.
Breaded calf’s foot
Those trying it first might anticipate a kind of meat because of the word “foot”, but they will be disappointed: it is a sticky meat jelly perfectly complemented by the crispy breadcrumbs.
Black pudding/ White pudding
It is not the dessert, but a kind of sausage made with blood or liver, which provide its colour. Many people are unwilling to try it because of the ingredients.
Blood with onions
On the feast of the pig-killing day, the freshly dropped blood is often cooked in an instant with lots of onions. It is eaten with fresh, white bread, and home-made pickles. Is it too much for you?
Then how about those drinking a glass of fresh blood?
It is now forgotten, as many other river animals are eliminated from the Hungarian cuisine. It cannot be bought now, but if there is a chance of trying it sometime, do not miss the chance!
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