Hungarian Food taster

During our stay in Hungary, besides the sight-seeing, our aim was, of course, to try as much authentic Hungarian food as possible.

Unfortunately, in the city, you’ll be overwhelmed by the amount of bright signs on the street, advertising  fast food, pizzas and burgers. However, if you are patient and do some research, turn off the main high street and leave the tourist areas, you’ll be rewarded with some absolutely delicious authentic dishes; Goulash, Bean Soup, Mushroom Soup, Fisherman’s Soup, Stuffed pancakes, Paprikás, made of pork, beef or chicken which is one of the most popular meat dishes.

If you have a sweet tooth you do not want to miss their amazing Hungarian cakes and pastries. Coffee houses, cafés are the best places to try these sweet delights. Luckily, they are everywhere and very affordable. You must try their Strudels, a flaky pastry with various fillings, cottage cheese, apple, poppy-seed and my favourite- cherry. Not to mention the Eszeteházy torts – cake layered with walnut cream and  Cottage cheese cake.

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Hungarian Walnut Cake

And of course, you can’t leave the country without trying their famous street food – Lángos. Unfortunately, it is not from the ‘low calories’ range (we shared one between two of us and it was incredibly filling). It is a yeast-raised dough, deep fried in oil, and served with lashings of garlic, sour cream and shredded cheese.

Langos

As you know from my previous post, we were lucky enough to be invited for a traditional Hungarian Sunday dinner to our friend’s parents’ place. Her Mum is an incredible cook and she prepared an array of never-ending amazing food for us. We had a Chicken Soup with Cottage Cheese biscuits, Stuffed Pancakes with Chicken and served with Paprika Source, Chicken Paprikash with Galushkas, Cottage & Poppyseed Cake, and Gluten Free Chocolate and Walnut Cake. It was a delicious feast!

Hungarian Chicken Soup

Cottage Cheese Straws

Chicken Paprikash

Cottage Cheese & Poppyseed Cake

Paleo Chocolate Cake

 

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East Meets West Exhibition

Last week-end we headed to the Saatchi Gallery to check out the Post Pop: East Meets West exhibition. It was on my list ‘to do’ for a while and it didn’t disappoint my expectations. The collection included the work of artists from the former Soviet Union, China and Taiwan, as well as those from Britain and the US. You can read more about it here.

I know the exhibition had mixed reviews, some people disapproved of it, some were shocked, others found it funny. As for me, the exhibition impressed me on many levels. Firstly the nostalgic factor, lots of the imagery was reminiscent of my soviet era childhood, we all grew up surrounded by this kind of imagery and art. At the time, no one would ever have imagined any of it as being future art. Behind this, it’s a critique of man made obsession and ideology in terms of the material and the religious, which is delivered in this bright and humorous work, and a great comment on the nature of the world we live in today.

The exhibition is on until 3rd of March 2015, so if you are looking for something to do in London, I’d definitely suggest to visit Saatchi gallery and grab some delicious street food from the Duke of York Market afterward. 🙂

Below there are only few ‘pieces’ which grabbed my attention:

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