Food Cravings: Our Favourite Local Slovakian Food
Who wouldn’t be excited to try new food? Honestly, that’s one of our main motivations to travel. Food gives an identity to a country, just like a language or a flag, but in this case, it’s tasty! Slovakia certainly didn’t disappoint and here are what we enjoyed most out of the local Slovakian food we managed to try.
Soup always makes for a great meal during the cold winter times! It even feels and tastes better when you’re ordering a mouthwatering bowl for less than €2 on average. And portions are huge!
First up is the Slovak Sauerkraut soup. The soup is made up of large chunks of meat, mixed up with ingredients such as mushrooms, onions, garlic and the famous Sauerkraut which is a finely cut and fermented raw cabbage, having a very sour taste which actually makes it absolutely delicious!
Ugh, still can remember the taste of that! It was so good we cleaned our bowls with bread, and for a while felt the urge to eat that as well. Funnily enough, you can do this most of the time when having the Garlic soup. It is served inside an edible bowl of bread instead of the usual glass bowl. This kind of soup is also famous on the other side of the Tatras mountains, where we tasted it for the first time in Zakopane.
We’ve got to start with our favourite. Our absolute favourite! Local Slovakian food doesn’t come any better. The country is well known for its sheep cheese, and it’s super delicious! The Bryndzove Halušky is actually one of the national Slovak dishes, and honestly, we get where that’s coming from.
Bryndzove Halušky is made up of small-sized versions of potato dumplings mixed with the traditional sheep cheese (Bryndzove). Depending on personal preference, the dish is then complimented with a generous sprinkle of bacon, pork sausage, fried onions or else maybe another unique speciality.
If you want to taste the best version of this local dish, head over to U Sedliaka. This is a great spot for anyone wishing to dive into local Slovakian food. Avoid the tourist traps that advertise themselves as ‘local restaurants’ and actually try an authentic one!
How would you know it is indeed authentic?
99% you’ll never find it advertised on any tourism blog and it won’t be full of tourists every time you peak in to find a table. We came across it luckily after having one of the worst dining experiences ever, on valentines day! Thank God it wasn’t the first date! We had to storm out of one of the Bratislava’s tourist trap restaurants, which we’ll tell you about soon!
Anyone loves Cordon Bleu? The Ciganska is a similar meal to the Swiss favourite, although the Slovaks give it an unhealthier spin and taste. The outer layer of breadcrumbs is deep fried with an inch-deep bubbling grease. You can choose between pork and chicken and this is often served with a fried egg and a side of fries. Lovely!
Going over to satisfying our liquidy needs! Before 1993, Slovakia and the Czech Republic formed a singular sovereign state called Czechoslovakia. Together as one country, these two nations went through the Cold-war era together. It was during this time that a soft drink called Kofola started to be produced as a replacement of the imported cola drink.
There were other soft drinks being produced locally at the time, in substitute to the foreign ones. The thing was that all of them tasted the same, but the Kofola had a unique twist and it’s the reason why it’s still very popular today. Being honest, this doesn’t really belong amongst the list of our favourite Slovak food. Neither of us really enjoyed it, BUT it’s surely a must to have a taste when in Slovakia.
It’s impossible not to drink beer while in Slovakia! The Zlaty Bazant is like the Cisk in Malta, a local produce popular in every corner of the country. The name translates to Golden Pheasant in Slovak which in itself indicates the colour and gives a hint to the taste. Not only is it delicious, but it’s enormously cheap. In local pubs, this can go as low as €1.20 per pint.
We love wine! We know very little about it, but we love it! Locally in Slovakia, 80% of the wines grown are white while just 20% are red. In fact, everywhere you’ll visit, you must see someone holding a glass of white wine. We have to say, the most popular would be the Weltlinske Zelene which is produced in the central Slovak wine region. It’s very light to drink, so we used that as an excuse to drink it all throughout the day – being lunch, dinner and yeah why not? Breakfast as well!