A Taste of Europe: Potato Pancakes and Street Food
It’s been more than a year since my trip to Europe, but it’s days like today when I miss the food the most. There are certain things that you just can’t find here, and one of the major things is the street food.
My brother, his fiance, and I stumbled upon a festival when we were visiting Prague. It was a good opportunity to try some cheap, but high quality beers, and new foods. Although I’m not a drinker, I tried the beer anyway. I can’t really comment on the quality of it. I could only take my brother’s word for it when he said it was the best he’s had. I don’t drink beer or like it at all, so I can’t say much about that.
However, there were these potato pancakes that I loved so much. They served them with a side of sauerkraut, which had a nice acidic flavor. It was my first time having sauerkraut, and I fell in love with it. It has this crunchy texture, which went well with the crunchy potato pancakes. I loved the contrasting flavors of the acidic sauerkraut and the mild, crispy potatoes. There’s also something really pleasant about having something cold, like sauerkraut, and having hot potato pancakes eaten together at once. It’s this simultaneous cooling and burning/warm sensation in your mouth that brings a pleasant contradiction.
We also came across a lot of different types of sausages and pastries. We tried this one chicken kabob, with sausages and bell peppers laid across a toasted bun, along with a sausage stew. Both were very good. The sausage stew was my favorite because it had a nice spicy kick to it.
It’s days like these I wish we had street food around. Sadly, the closest thing you’ll find to street food around here are corn and shaved ice sold off of shopping carts.