Hungary's most famous dish, the goulash — "gulyás" in Hungarian — is named after the shepherds in eastern Hungary who used to prepare this hearty soup in iron couldrons. Few people cook it over open fire these days, but the goulash is still a beloved staple across households in Hungary.
The goulash is a rich, crimson-hued beef soup laced with potatoes, some vegetables, and pinched egg noodles (csipetke). When done well, it imparts the sweet-sharp flavor of fresh paprika. Prices usually range from €4 to €7 for a plate.