1. 'Gulyás' (Goulash)

'Gulyás' means the person who is looking after a group of cattle (cattle herdsman), and the soup’s name came from it because originally they’ve made this soup outside in a cauldron. It’s a really traditional food, which contains chunks of beef, potatoes, ’nokedli’ (which is a Hungarian version of noodles), carrot, paprika, and spices.


Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 400 g beef shank or chuck 20 mm cubed
  • 1-2 onion minced, 1 spoonful of oil
  • 1 spoonful of paprika powder
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of caraway seed and black pepper
  • 1-3 bay leaf
  • 1-2 carrot diced
  • 1 Hungarian green pepper (zöldpaprika) chopped
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • 1 parsnip diced
  • 2 potatoes cubed
  • salt
  • celery leaf
  • parsley chopped


Cut the onion into small pieces and brown it in hot oil. Add the chopped meat and stir until well browned, powder it with paprika powder, and stir well. Add fast a little water and stir more. Add salt, the clove of garlic, the caraway seeds, black pepper, bay leaf, and tomatoes, a little water, and let simmer for about 30 minutes. Add enough water to cover the meat well. Add carrot, parsnip, green pepper, celery leaf, parsley and bring to a boil. Turn to low heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add potatoes and more water to soup consistency. Salt to taste. Simmer until potatoes and meat are well cooked.

Recipe for Nokedli: (Hungarian noodles)

  • 400 g flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 dl water

Place a large pot filled with salted water and bring to boil. Combine eggs, salt, and water, beating well with a whisk. Add flour, a little at a time. Add only enough flour to make a soft, sticky dough. Let the mixture rest for about 10 mins. Using the side of a teaspoon, spoon a small amount of dough into boiling water. The noodles are done when they float to the top.

Goulash photo

Sources: 12, 3

2. 'Halászlé' (Fisherman's soup)

A soup made of river fish (mainly carp), paprika-spiced broth and onion. The fish is usually caught from Tisza or Danube rivers and originally was boiled outside over a fire.

Restaurant: Vizafogó Baja

Fun fact: People from Baja and Szeged are always competing who makes the best soup..

hazele photo