Kyselica: Soup with soul
Back in the 14th-17th centuries, when Romanian shepherds invented a nutrition-loaded, wholesome cabbage soup, they had no clue that it would continue as the meal of choice for labourers in the Wallachian Kingdom of Moravia, and go on to endure as a staple of authentic Czech cuisine. Kyselica is that much-loved soup everyone recognises, but doesn’t quite relate to all the fuss surrounding it, till the first sizzling sips trickles down one’s throat.
You can easily pick up the subtle yet strong blend of individual textures and flavours making up this thick beef broth. Potatoes, shredded pickled cabbage, and cubes of smoked meat or bratwurst are the non-negotiables, but for experimental tasters, popular options on the list include mushrooms, bacon, onions, and/or sausage. One big steaming bowl of goodness spells utter satiation with just a crusty bread roll for company.