Soup festival will take place at Smíchovská náplavka on March 4th.
“Polívkování” (the name comes from Polívka = a soup) offers a huge variety of soups from around the world.
You can taste Czech soups such as potato cream, kulajda or tripe soup but mainly soups from all over the world such as Russian borscht, Mexican chipotle and menudo, Malaysian laksa, French bouillabaisse, Vietnamese pho, Japanese ramen.
Veggie lovers can look forward to vegetable soups and other vegetarian recipes. There will be an option to buy some freshly baked pastry and something to drink like hot ciders, wines, and Czech beers.
If you would like to have some dessert after lunch, you can choose from a selection of delicious cakes and pies.
The event will also feature the “best soup” competition both among professional chefs and amateurs.
More info here
Korean cuisine is not well known in the Czech Republic, but it deserves to be explored. With three locations around Prague, Bab Ryze offers a great cross-section of Korean dishes that are worth trying.
Bab Ryze Restaurant is totally authentic, staffed by Koreans who clearly have a positive relationship with food.
Everything I tried was very tasty, and without compromising Czech flavors.
I placed my order through Dáme jídlo and the courier arrived as planned. The food was packaged well, nothing leaked, and the trick with the portions wrapped in foil ensured that the dishes were really hot.
But let’s get back to Korean gastronomy itself. You’ll find influences from other Asian countries, so there’s no shortage of fried dumplings for example on the appetizer menu.
The Gun-mandu dumplings stuffed with mushrooms and leeks were pleasantly crispy, very well seasoned, and accompanied by a dipping sauce (6 pieces for 119 CZK).
I wanted to taste as many dishes as possible, so I ordered 3 dishes from the main menu. In Korea, rice bowls topped with various vegetables, meat, and egg yolk are very popular. I opted for a slightly unconventional version without meat.
Kimchi Al-bab (189 CZK) is a rice bowl with homemade kimchi, pickled radish, Tobiko caviar, nori seaweed, and egg yolk.
A cold dish that’s great for hot days, you’ll appreciate it if you like the distinct taste of kimchi and fermented vegetables. I liked it a lot, and all the flavors worked beautifully together.
The kimchi itself is a fermented Chinese cabbage salad with chili. It’s an absolute staple of Korean cuisine, and at Bab Ryze, you can buy it not only as a side dish, but also to take home in half-pound or one-pound packages.
From the hot main courses, I tasted the Jjagle-i (269 CZK), which is pork stewed in a spicy sauce with rice. Don’t let the sharp red color fool you, this dish is not nearly as spicy as it looks.
In Korea, dishes are seasoned with gochugaru chili spice, which has a very rich color but tolerable spiciness. This dish also features fermented gochujang chili paste, which adds a nice smoky flavor.
Of course, I also had to order another typical Korean dish – Ttuk-bae-gi Bulgogi (269 CZK). Chunks of beef in a slightly sweet sauce with onions, carrots, and glass noodles made of sweet potatoes are also served with a bowl of rice. This dish was not spicy and very nicely seasoned.
I was generally surprised by the portion sizes – there was plenty of it and for a home test feast it was perfect, there’s enough for everyone.
I know this is just the beginning for me, Korean cuisine is interesting and there is still a lot to taste,
but I was excited about this “preview”!
I can definitely recommend going on a gastro trip to Korea, which you can do at home in your dining room thanks to Bab Ryze and Dáme jídlo!
October 28 is Independent Czechoslovak State Day, and most large stores over 200 square meters will close due to the law passed in 2016.
Pharmacies, gas stations, and stores in airports, hospitals and train stations are not included in the law. Stores under 200 square meters, such as local grocery stores, can also remain open.
Legally, all retail spaces over 200m2, except wholesale, will have to be closed on this day, as during most other national holidays.
Thus, many brands including Globus, Kaufland or Lidl, are warning their customers to make sure that all their shopping is done ahead of time. Billa will also have to close all their large locations, but their smaller Billa stop&shop stores at gas stations will stay open.
Many shopping centres will also experience a forced day-off, such as Arkády Pankrác or Novo Plaza in Prague. Others chose to leave some of their retail spaces open, and have usually released a list of individual closed stores on their websites.
While business owner associations have repeatedly criticized the law, trade unionists are campaigning to extend this regulation to all 13 Czech national holidays.
The law covers the following public holidays:
- 1st January,
- Easter Monday,
- 8th May (the Victory Day),
- 28th September (Day of St. Vaclav / Czech Statehood Day),
- 28th October (Independent Czechoslovak State Day),
- 25th and 26th December (Christmas Holidays).
Violators of the law can face fines up to Kč 1 million, and some fines have been levied in the past.
Students in the Czech Republic are asked to return home and limit their social contacts, announced on Tuesday the Minister of Education Robert Plaga (ANO). Those students who cannot return home are allowed to stay in the dormitories.
It is an amendment to the measure presented on Monday whereby all students, who were not called to work by the government – such as medics, were forbidden to stay in the dormitories.
“We have been able to agree with the Ministry of Health that students who cannot return home can stay on the campus,” Plaga said to the iROZHLAS.cz and later on Twitter.
S MZd se nám podařilo dohodnout, že studenti, kteří se nemohou vrátit domů, mohou zůstat na kolejích. Stejně tak na nich zůstávají studenti v karanténě. S rektory jsme ve spojeni. Přesto, pokud je to možné, prosím všechny, aby se vrátili domů a omezili sociální kontakty.
— Robert Plaga (@RobertPlaga) October 13, 2020
The restriction originally required all students who live in dormitories and reside elsewhere in the Czech Republic to temporarily leave their accommodation.
However, Plaga still recommends students to leave the dormitories. “If possible, I ask everyone to return home and reduce social contacts,” he added.
If you are not planning to visit Slovakia during your traveling through Europe, you may at least taste something typical Slovak – Halušky s bryndzou.
Restaurant “U Skřetů” can be easily missed when you walk by it, but once you locate the entrance (on the picture above it is the small door on the left) and brave the steep spiral staircase down to the cellar, you will have a chance to dine as if you were in Bratislava in Slovakia.
Halušky are perfectly accompanied by beer and here again, you will have a choice of beer produced in Slovakia. And you will see that, even though Slovakia is better known for its wine, they can make a decent beer as well.
One curiosity about this restaurant is also the fact that you can ask for the menu in Esperanto, and if you are lucky you can meet also some people speaking that language since the local Esperanto club is sometimes meeting right here.
Halušky s bryndzou
Ask any Slovak and they will tell you that bryndzové halušky is the national dish. Potato ‘dumplings’ are smothered in a sheep cheese, rather like soft feta, and topped with a good dose of bacon (don’t forget the drippings!).
Halušky are made of raw potatoes grated small, flour, and egg. The dough is pressed through a contraption with holes so that the dough drops into the boiling water.