With the influence of Austrian and German cuisine, traditional Czech cuisine is rich in flavour. It is common to eat meat dishes (chicken, hunted meat or pork), with potatoes or vegetables as a side and often accompanied with knedlíky. In the areas near the Vltava River you can eat fish, mainly trout or carp.
Some of the typical Czech dishes are:
- Bábovka: cake baked in a bell-shaped mold with a hole in the middle.
- Bramborák: potato pancake.
- Česká bramboračka: potato soup with mushrooms and carrots.
- Chlebíčky: canapé with cheese, ham or many other flavors typical of Christmas celebrations.
- Knedlíky: elongated ball of flour cut into slices that serves as an accompaniment to gulaš.
- Olomoucké tvarůžky: spicy cured cheese made in Loštice.
- Perník: gingerbread cookie.
- Svíčková: beef tenderloin with carrot, cream and parsley.
- Vepřo knedlo zelo: roasted pork accompanied by cabbage and pasta.