There are many Hungarian habits which freak foreigners out when they first hear, see, or encounter them. These include the traditional Hungarian food mákos guba and the sweet delicacy túró rudi, or celebrating name days.
Magyarországom collected the weirdest Hungarian habits according to foreigners’ opinions. The first thing which caught their eye is the sweet delicacy called túró rudi, which is a Hungarian dessert: cottage cheese covered with chocolate. Without it, Hungarians cannot imagine their lives at all.
For a foreigner, it is weird to cover cottage cheese with chocolate and to eat it.
Another foreigner emphasised that, unlike other big cities, dog excrement cannot be found on the streets of Budapest. They believe that Hungarian dogs are trained to do their thing near a bush or under a tree while they are on a walk in the city with their owners. They say that Budapest is an extremely clean city, and maybe there is someone who cleans up the mess every day. This foreigner also reported that the quality of Hungarian food is amazing and – even though it is not a traditional Hungarian food – ate more pizzas than back in New Orleans.
This man also stated that in the USA, the waiters usually come to you at a restaurant, talk to you for a few minutes, and then leave the table. Hungarian waiters, on the other hand, come, take your order, and leave.
Other weird Hungarian things include the paper-stick on pieces of bread, the delicious mákos guba, and clapping for the aeroplane pilot after landing. From a video, it turned out that the famous American rapper, 50 Cent, was shocked when he first saw a Negro candy because he thought it was some kind of racist joke (Negro candy is black-coloured).
An Argentinian man found fruit soup weird and even sent a picture to his relatives to make them believe what he was about to eat. Foreigners also find the Hungarian sour cream (tejföl) weird which is used in many meals. They also find it weird that Hungarians sit many hours in darkness, in an overheated office, that we stand too close to others when we are waiting in line, and that we do not use headphones while we are making a phone call.
The weirdest Hungarian habit above all is that Hungarian people blow their noses loudly.
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