Traditional Festive Delicacies in Hungary

  • 20 Dec 2021 9:06 AM
Traditional Festive Delicacies in Hungary
“Töki pompos” - This piece of bread dough baked in a clay oven, and topped with sour cream (tejföl), cottage cheese (túró) and Hungarian bacon (szalonna) is the favourite of the Christmas Fair in Vörösmarty Square.

Goose liver

One of the most delicious delicacies in the world, this cold appetizer is a famous Hungarian dish. The liver comes on a piece of bread or it is baked, but the principle of “less is more” applies to the tasting in both cases. It is excellent as a terrine, combined with Tokaji wine.

“Kürtős kalács”

The sweet leavened dough is rolled out and rounded around a wooden cylinder. The dough on the cylinder is roasted over charcoal fire, caramelized with butter and sugar, and rolled in walnut, shredded coconut or chocolate. This traditional Hungarian specialty appears in almost every Christmas fair.

Fried carp

A Hungarian freshwater fish sliced into horseshoe shapes, crumbed and fried in oil. It is a common festive family dish which usually comes with a potato and onion salad with mayonnaise.


It is believed that those who want to be rich must eat lentils on New Year’s Day, while fish is forbidden that day, because it takes the money “down the drain”.

Source: Hungarian Tourism Office

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