Hungarian cuisine is highly appreciated in the world, and it has developed some unique flavours and dishes over the centuries. Some foreigners can adapt while others think that people who eat pacalpörkölt (tripe paprikash) or cakes made of poppy seed are from a different planet in the very least. Blikk, a widely-read Hungarian tabloid, introduced some of the most popular dishes that can usually be found on the Hungarian Christmas table to an Italian guy living in Budapest to see his reaction. See the video about the result below, but we can say in advance that he did not reject all the meals presented.
According to Blikk, from next week on, celebrations will start in Hungarian families even though most people will not be able to gather because of the coronavirus epidemic. All the same, the traditional Hungarian meals will be ready by December 24, just as they were last year or a hundred years before.
Alessandro Floridia (36) has been living in Budapest for three years, so Blikk recorded how he reacted to the traditional Hungarian Christmas flavours. Italians know pacalpörkölt (tripe paprikash) but eat it with tomato sauce. Despite that,
this dish was considered one of the weirdest during the tasting.
The other one in that category was the poppy seed pasta which he said is like sawdust sticking to the roof of his mouth. He said that he would probably eat it with sour cream because the dish was missing some cream.
Bread with goose fat was also unsuccessful, but Alex liked brawn and “csécsi” bacon with garlic.
Pasta with cottage cheese fell into the “consumable” category,
but one bite was enough to say no to the blood sausage.
Péter Buday, a master chef, said about some traditional Hungarian ingredients that many falsely link them to Hungary. For example, stuffed cabbage is well-known in the Mediterranean, while in Ukraine, people eat pasta with cottage cheese. He said that goulash soup is probably the only thing which is certainly of Hungarian origins but, in the Middle Ages, it was different since there was no green pepper in Europe before the discovery of the Americas.
He added that foreigners mostly
dislike the greasiness of traditional Hungarian foods.