This is what I had for lunch. Some traditional thick meat stew -- Goulash (Pörkölt Bogrács). There are 2 types of Goulash I realised, the soup version and the stew version. Paprika spice is also a typical Hungarian thing I noticed.
Colourful Hungarian style nougat (Törökméz) and jelly with nuts.
You know, I live for these kinds of events. Food market halls, gourmet festivals, open-air markets, I search for them and even work my travel agenda around these places and events. I got lucky because I didn’t know about this food festival in May in Debrecen and managed to attend one. A great finale indeed—the icing on the cake for my Debrecen trip =)
So it made decision making rather quite easy where to have lunch. However, it was a bit difficult at first to choose what to have for lunch because there were just too many food choices. I only have one stomach to pile everything up in and one meal to exploit, and inasmuch as I want to stretch my belly to accommodate all the oozing lovely goodness around me, well sadly, I just can’t. Foodies can you relate?
One of the things I have learned through the years and practice these days is—NOT TO OVEREAT. I just eat what is enough for me. This is actually the not-so-secret-recipe of not gaining a ludicrous amount of weight. I’m in my mid 40’s so I have become mindful of weight gain and health concerns. I keep this rule of thumb to heart and in a way it helps me keep the same clothing size, when I was in my 20’s and 30’s, although fluctuating between 2 sizes nonetheless.
Travelling and holidays though can be a challenge because these are the occasions to splurge, become a bit reckless and turn into a horrible glutton. I had a 5-minute food attack at the Gourmet Festival in Debrecen. I want to eat and buy everything I saw! Haha. But I managed to shake free the uncontrolled foodie thoughts. I have to admit, food events are the devil. They are the temptation. Because most of us make decisions emotionally based on our sensing faculties. Can you for a second imagine walking around and seeing scrumptious food? And here is the hardest part—smelling them as well. Ugh. My sensing faculties were overpowered! Luckily, when I travel and go on holiday I tend to be a bit active. So after 10+ kilometres of walking in a day I have burned my lunch or dinner =)
I am not sure if this food festival is a regular one during May in Debrecen. I did some googling and no food festival in May came up. Anyway, enjoy the pictures of the Gourmet Festival below.
Hungarian fruit cakes (Gyümölcskenyér), cake roll (Beigli) and more pastries with fruits.
The Palinka alcoholic drink is almost a national treasure. They come in many different fruity flavours even. I prefer the original one though.
These are Chimney Cakes (Kürtőskalács). I first saw these in Prague, Czech Republic at the Christmas Markets many years ago.
Meat and sausages. That's Central Europe for you. And pasta, rice and potatoes.
These are Hungarian style strudel (Kígyó rétes) -- ala crepes and fried.
Kossuth Square and the Great Reformed Church.
Some of the traditional meat stews -- beef, gizzard, liver, chicken and pork.
Gourmet stands selling local food items and delicacies.
Smoked/preserved meat and sausages. Hungary is also a pork country.
Hungarian cheeses and a smiling assembly of chili and pork cracklings.
More Hungarian style strudel pastry (Rétes).
Great place to have my lunch. I could not have ask for more for my last day in Debrecen.
My lunch, some local Hungarian meat stew of pork, chicken and sausage with rice -- Pörkölt Bogrács and a glass of Merlot. This was quite good, a hearty lunch meal and I really enjoyed this.
Hmm, it looks like I forgot to smile here.
There were some casual stands by presumably food enthusiasts cooking their own stuff the traditional Hungarian way.
These look like Chevapchichi (skinless sausages) which are actually Bosnian and Serbian, but very popular in Central Europe with each country having its own variation. Where to find these in the Netherlands? Lidl sells them, check out the frozen meat section.
Mashed potatoes here mixed with some vegetables and spices in a cauldron.
Some traditional meat stew here again Pörkölt Bogrács I believe. They even brought with them a real traditional stone oven!
Cauldron-style cooking is very Central and Eastern Europe. The neighbouring countries each have their own special and traditional way of cooking stews but they all seem similar and are often using cauldron pots.
Kossuth Square and Piac Utca have become an outdoor dining room.
Travel Period: May 2014
Destination: Debrecen (Northern Great Plain), Hungary
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