Tafelspitz: tender, boiled beef
Much of the Viennese cuisine is known to be focused particularly on meat, as is the case with the well known wiener schnitzel and the classic dish known as tafelspitz. Tafelspitz is a popular, well-known Viennese food that consists of boiled beef, and is considered a must-try for those who visit. Boiled with root vegetables, the result is a clear broth and tender meat that is traditionally served and eaten in separate courses — the broth is served first as a soup, and the beef follows, generally served with vegetables (such as carrots and potatoes), along with a unique apple horseradish.
Knӧdel: a vegetarian option
While many Viennese dishes do tend to revolve around meat — such as sausage or beef — there are also several options that cater to those who prefer vegetarian food. For example, knӧdel — which is a large dumpling that can be filled with a variety of things such as apricot or spinach — is a popular dish in Vienna. This not only brings a vegetarian option to the table for those who have dietary restrictions; it’s also a healthy option to try out on your travels. In fact, healthy foods like green vegetables are known to contribute to a healthy immune system in several ways, with one study published in the journal Cell Press even showing that green veggies produce a chemical sign necessary to the immune system, enabling it to function well.
Apfelstrudel: the perfect dessert
Whether you’re planning a trip to Vienna or you simply want to bring the city to your kitchen, there are a number of classic dishes that are worth trying. From sweet, apple-flavored classics to hearty beef dishes, you can never go wrong with Viennese cuisine.
Written by: Briana