Pork with sauarkraut (Székelykáposzta) is sometimes called “Székely goulash”, a somewhat unusual Hungarian dish; a kind of sour pork stew:
Pork and Sauerkraut (in various forms including stews s German in origin, NOT Hungarian. “it’s tradition to eat pork and kraut on New Year’s Eve at midnight, which technically means New Year’s Day……it is said that the tradition comes from people wishing each other as much wealth as the number of shreds of cabbage in the kraut. As for the pork, “The pig has long been a symbol for good luck and well-being” explains the German Food Guide article.” https://www.glkfoods.com/newsroom/what-is-the-story-behind-eating-kraut-and-pork-on-new-years-eve/
The Hungarians have just added a bit of paprika and then as usual, to make things as fattening as possible, slopped sour cream onto the dish and then try and to pretend that it is a Hungarian dish.
Even paprika is not Hungarian or ‘Magyar’. It was introduced into the Hungarian lands by the Ottomans. The original cowboy stew/soup known as as ‘Gulyás’ did not have paprika in it, it was just a watery beef soup cooked by cowboys (hence the name). Just like most things in Hungarian culture, most is borrowed from elsewhere, not that old and is fake. Look at the dates of the famous buildings in Budapest and the styles: not old and fake gothic, fake Italianate and fake Viennese classical. The same goes for the ‘cusuine’. Real Hungarian food is basic peasant food – and not very nice.
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