In addition to its rich and complex history and world-famous sights, Europe also has some of the best cuisine in the world. OROGOLD takes a look at some of the must-try foods of Europe.
Imagine the best pizza that you have ever tasted, and then think about a pizza that tastes ten times better. Although Italian cuisine is much more than just pizza and pasta, you can’t quite beat a freshly cooked slice when in Italy. For a truly authentic taste, OROGOLD suggests that you head to Naples, the birthplace of pizza, and home to some of the best in the world.
Moules Frites, Belgium
Although it has a French name, moules frites, or mussels and fries in English, originated in Belgium, and is considered to be the national dish of the country. Mussels have always been widely and cheaply available in Belgium, but the popularity of this dish really took off after the first World War. The mussels are available in a variety of styles, depending on where you go, such as mussels steamed in white wine, to mussels steamed in garlic to mussels steamed in Belgian beer. As much as chefs may experiment with the flavors of this classic dish, the cooking technique remains the same, and it is truly a delectable dish to enjoy with an ice cold local beer.
Considered to be one of the national dishes of Germany, sauerbraten is a German pot roast that can be made with different meats. The meat is usually marinated for up to ten days, giving it a deep and intense flavor while being extremely tender and juicy. Sauerbraten can be found at many restaurants in Germany, and is usually served with traditional German side dishes, such as potato dumplings and red cabbage.
Goulash is one of the most famous Hungarian dishes, and is traditionally made with beef. Considered to be somewhere in between a soup and a stew, and is usually served with small egg noodles called csipetke. There are different varieties available, so OROGOLD is sure that you will be able to find one that you will love, whether it be a pork and vermicelli goulash or a mutton and red wine goulash.
Almost every culture around the world has some sort of traditional dumping dish, and in Poland, this would be pierogi. Made from thinly rolled dough, pierogis can have a variety of different fillings, only limited by the imagination of the person creating them. Summer in Poland sees sweet pierogis become more popular, filled with fruits or a sweetened Polish curd cream. Traditional pierogi varies depending on the area of Poland that you are in, with each variety representing the local produce of its region.
Europe is home to many classic dishes, and ones that are constantly being reinvented to keep them relevant in today’s culinary world. However, there is nothing quite like enjoying a fresh slice of pizza in Naples, or a hot bowl of goulash in Hungary, so take the time to explore the regional cuisine of whichever European country you are in.