“Ok everyone, where do you want to go for dinner tonight?” I say.
“How about ramen?” replies my cousin Christina (CC), a fan of Asian food.
“But, maybe we should try something more Czech-ish. I mean, we’ve already had ramen twice and Vietnamese cuisine once,” I try to explain.
“We should still get ramen,” CC answers.
“Yeah, I guess. But why do you not want Czech cuisine?” I question.
“I don’t know. It’s just not that tasty and unique,” responds CC.
Well, I guess she had valid point…
In the 5-6 days I stayed in Prague, Czech Republic, you won’t believe that I only dined at a Czech restaurant once. I did go on a food tour, but even the locations I visited then weren’t traditional Czech cuisine. I honestly think that a lot of European countries such as Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, and more don’t have their own stand-out cuisines. It’s more like a few popular cultural dishes that are made at the majority of restaurants representing the country’s cousine.
If you have read my Going Back To My Roots Post, you’ll know that it is hard for an Asian person to go more than a week without devouring some rice or noodles. Czech food is just all too familiar to Italian, French, and the rest. Imagine being on a big trip in Europe. Pretend that you just visited Rome, Paris, Frankfurt, and than you come to Czech Republic. In this country, you probably wouldn’t want to eat Czech cuisine because of all the European food you have eaten. But of course this is my opinion, so I can guess that if a European citizen travels to South Korea, they would be missing their food just as much.
On my food tour, George, our guide explained that the Czech cuisine consists of a lot of meats, fruits, soups, and bread. Notice how I didn’t say vegetables? That’s exactly right, Czechs generally don’t eat that healthy (notice the fried cheese below with tartar sauce) because of the lack of vegetables. Also, there isn’t much “brain” food (fish) because this country is landlocked. The sea is only a couple hundred miles away.
To get back to the ramen part, I actually partly agree with CC on this one because there just isn’t much variety in the Czech cuisine and to be truthful, it just wasn’t that tasty. A lot of the time I felt like I was eating butter, oil, and fat. My dad told me that when he visited Germany, he had sausages 3 meals a day, 7 days a week. So now that you think about it, it’s very possible to have ramen……….in Czech Republic!
Maybe the food wasn’t exactly my favorite, but I still loved doing some of the planned activities in Prague. Here’s some pictures of Czech food as well as our food tour and marionette class, enjoy: