Street Food in Prague
Street food is not very popular in Prague. Prague office workers have luncheon vouchers partly paid for by their employer and partly by themselves add to this a multitude of very affordable restaurants and you will understand why street food is not very common in Prague. Wenceslas Square is the centre for sausage stands whereas trdelnik stands are in places where many tourists go. Langose stands are seasonal; at the Easter and Christmas Markets.
Walking up and down Wenceslas Square you cannot possibly ignore the sausage stands. They are an institution and the place to eat spicy bratwurst or Frankfurters with a hunk of brown bread and a big dollop of mustard. Washed down with famous Czech beer served in a plastic cup, you are savouring a Czech culinary ‘masterpiece’.
Trdelnik stands are scattered all over the historic centre of Prague and in particular in touristic places. Although trdelnik is a Hungarian invention, the Czechs have adopted this sweet type of pastry as their own. They are at their best when freshly made and still hot. Trdelnik is made of dough that is wrapped around a metal or wooden stick, roasted over an open fire and sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. A scoop of ice cream is often added but this presents a difficulty. The trdelnik is still hot and the ice cream melts and you get no plate, not even a paper on. This delicacy is simply wrapped in a paper napkin.
Langose is seasonal street food and sold at stands at the Easter and Christmas markets. Langose is a kind of pizza but less refined and will send health foodies running in terror. A hunk of raw dough is deep fried and covered in garlic, tomato ketchup and sprinkled with grated cheese. Langose is an acquired taste and as is the case with Trdelnik, this delicacy is tricky to eat. Ice cream (trdelnik) or fat (langose) will drip off your chin.