Local food is something that will make your trip to Austria even more memorable and, literally, delicious. Traditional Austrian cuisine is made of influences from throughout the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. However, due to its geographical position in the centre of Europe, it had also been influenced by the foods of Balkans, Italy, Germany and other neighboring countries. Very often, Austrian cuisine is associated with Viennese cuisine, but each region of the country has its own specialties that may become your personal favorites among all the foods existing in the world. Are you ready to discover the most delicious Austrian foods?
1. Wiener Schnitzel
Wiener Schnitzel is a very thin, breaded and deep fried schnitzel made from veal. Probably, this is one of the most popular and well-known Austrian dishes abroad, so in fact, you can order it in even in many other countries abroad. But of course, it won't be anywhere so good as in the country of its origin! Morever, almost all restaurants in Vienna offer the Schcnitzel! It is usually served with Kopfsalat (lettuce tossed with a sweetened vinaigrette dressing, optionally with chopped chives or onions), potato salad, cucumber salad, or parsley potatoes. Nowadays, can be also served with rice, roasted potatoes or french fries.
Tafelspitz is an another dish in the top list of the most famous and delicious traditional Austrian foods. It consists only of a few ingredients, but tastes as the best food you've ever had! Good-quality beef, a few vegetables, aromatic spices - here we go! In the case of the latter, veal and chicken meat or tongue might be added as well. Even though it takes about 3 hours to prepare it, Tafelspitz is absolutely worthy it! The dish has a long history, even Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria was a big lover of it! The old Austrian cookbook says, "His Majesty's private table is never without a fine piece of boiled beef, which is one of his favorite dishes." So next time you are in Austria, put this dish on a priority list of your food tastings!
3. Wachauer Marillenknödel
Wachau Valley, which a home region for this dish, is known for its warm and mild climate, good for growing grapes and producing wines. But not only grapes! It appeals to fruits as well, so no wonder, its cuisine is full of dishes that contain apples, pears, cherries, etc. One of the most famous among them is Wachauer Marillenknödel, traditional apricot dumplings. It is usually served with the butter, breadcrumbs and flavour with cinnamon. Don't you feel hungry yet reading this?
We all love pancakes and it is popular in many countries around the globe, but Austrians are doing it in a much more creative way! Another name for Kaiserschmarren is the Emperor's Mess. The legend says that the Austrian Emperor Francis Joseph I was travelling with his wife in the Alps and stopped for the lunch at a farmer's house. The farmer was so nervous that even failed to cook proper pancakes, so he ended up with this kind of "destroyed" and messy dish. However, the Emperor liked it and it became one of his favourite meals.
Kaiserschmarren is a light, caramelized pancake made from a sweet batter using flour, eggs, sugar, salt, and milk, baked in butter. In the end, it may be dusted with sugar and cinnamon. Served with baked plums, a berry ragout or fruit compote.
5. Wiener Apfelstrudel
Wiener Apfelstrudel, or Vienna Apple Strudel, is a traditional dessert not only for Austria, but also for other neighboring countries, including Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, etc. The process of baking the strudel is really an art, since you need to have really a lot of skills to prepare it. In Vienna, there are even special shows that demonstrate how the strudel is being made! But the fact is that this pastry made of an ultra thin dough, filled with apples, sugar and cinnamon is one of the most delicious and famous dishes of Austrian cuisine, and you definitely have to taste it!
To sum up, the only thing we would like to add is that if you are travelling to Austria, do not ignore its culinary traditions - they represent its history, legends, culture, lifestyle and... they are simply delicious! Guten Appetit