Last Updated on April 16, 2022 by gregor
Austria was once in the center of the Habsburg Empire, that covered everything from Russia to France. Which is why Austria has embraced many ethnic dishes when it comes to cuisines. The range of dishes from all across Europe showcases Vienna’s multicultural influence. For instance, the coffee drinking tradition was brought to Vienna by the Turkish Army. Similarly, there are a number of other dishes that have been brought in from all around Europe that is today a huge part of the Viennese food culture. The Viennese dishes are packed with local flavors, yet offering a great twist when it comes to taste.
The next time you are in Vienna, we suggest you try out some of the ultimate top ten Viennese Foods we have listed down, otherwise, you will be missing out on a complete experience. These dishes are what make the city all the more special.
The Sachertorte is an iconic cake that was invented in 1832, by Franz Sacher. Working as an apprentice cook at the tender age of 16, and after the head chef got ill, Sacher had to take over baking special desserts for Prince Klemens von Metternich, and his guests. The famous desert consists of a dense chocolate cake with a thin layer of apricot jam in the middle and coated in dark chocolate icing. The cake is originally served with a twirl of whipped cream. Sacher passed on his legacy to his son, who was really responsible for bringing out the cake to its level of prestige it enjoys nowadays. The cake is so famous, that there is even a National Sachertorte Day on December 5th dedicated to it.
The Apfelstrudel is a classic and one of the best-known pastries in the country. The Apfelstrudel features a super thin and crisp pastry, which is much like filo. The filling is rolled inside, and the dish is traditionally served with the swirls showing off using the pastry, along with apples. The filling inside the Apfelstrudel is made using sugar, cooking apples, raisins, cinnamon, and bread crumbs. The final result is a perfect mixture of a flaky and crumbles topping, and a stodgy filling. With each bite, you can taste the sweetness of the fresh apples, and the flaky pastry. Vienna is known for the little cafes found almost in every street, as they are a huge part of the culture.
The Wiener Schnitzel is one of the most famous dishes in Vienna, and was traditionally made using veal. However, today the Schnitzel is made using chicken, pork, and even turkey meat. Moreover, if you are looking for an all authentic experience, then you should try the one made with veal and served, together with some redcurrant jelly, and a potato salad. The Wiener Schnitzel can be found on the menu of all leading restaurants in the country. However, we suggest you try it in Vienna, as they offer the perfect flavors and the setting for the dish.
Is a national dish consisting of a whole tailpiece of beef cooked in a broth with root vegetables, sliced and served usually with apple or breadcrumbs, baked potatoes or potato marrows as well as a dill-cream sauce. Simmering in that broth is what renders the meat soft and tender and gives it such an earthy flavor. Furthermore, the tasty broth can be eaten as a soup afterwards. This local dish has been cooked in private homes throughout history. It is a classic because it is the dish Vienna is known for and is still a huge favorite. The Tafelspitz was a favorite of Franz Joseph I, the Emperor of Austria.
If you are in Vienna, you simply cannot leave without trying the local stew. This dish today is made using a range of meats, but was originally made using beef. This is another Austrian classic, that has made its way from homes to restaurants. The dish helps you celebrate the Austrian culture in all its glory and can be sided with a number of things. The dish features a buttery taste, that follows through the meat of your choice. The dish can easily be found on most restaurant menus in Vienna, so we suggest you give it a go before you head out.
Is a Viennese sausage, which was traditionally from Germany. Back then the sausage was made using pork or beef, but now you can even find a chicken option. These huge sausages are a well-known dish in Vienna and play a huge part in the everyday life of many people. The sausages can be found in various sizes all around Vienna, but each one of them offers great flavor and are paired with just some bread, ketchup, mustard, horseradish, pepperoni and other sides. These are typical street food, where you can grab a quick bite to eat and still enjoy a delicious Würstel.
If you are looking for the perfect dessert, then you simply cannot leave Vienna without trying a Kaiserschmarrn. This dish is widely known as a desert out of heaven, that was designed to satisfy your sweet tooth. This is the perfect way to end your evening in Vienna after you have had a lovely meal. The Kaiserschmarrn features chopped up fluffy pancakes, which are served with icing sugar and applesauce. The dish might not be as appealing as others, but once you take a bit you will be transported to paradise. As there is nothing better than a Kaiserschmarrn to end a magical evening. This is one of the dishes that appear simple, but packs tons of flavor.
Was traditionally a Hungarian dish, which was adopted by Austrian under the Empire. Today, the dish is served as a classic Austrian dessert, where you can enjoy thin layers of crepes, which are filled with apricot jam. Then you can roll them or eat them with a side of vanilla ice cream. The dish offers a delicious experience and can be topped with any ingredient of your choice. This way you can modify the flavors according to your taste.
Are sweet yeast rolls packed with a hidden treasure. Some people fill them with the local jam called Powidl, which is a prune jam and some others baked them with no filling but serve them with a succulent vanilla sauce. No matter how you would like to try them out, they are best savoured with a cup of Viennese coffee in any of the many cafes and bakeries.
Is a punch cake, that features a gorgeous hot pink crumb cake filled with, apricot jam, nougat chocolate and soaked in rum. This is an iconic dessert in Vienna and is known to appease your sweet craving. This is a treat not only for your eyes but also for your tummy.
These are some of the top Viennese foods that you must try before leaving the City, as they will make your trip more special than ever. Trying out the local dishes makes the trip to Vienna worthwhile and is a very pleasurable experience.
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