Hungary's most famous dish, the goulash ("gulyás" in Hungarian), is named after the nomadic herdsmen 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.
Myriad goulash variations exist, some made with pork—it's cheaper than beef and quicker to prepare—others with ingredients that goulash purists frown upon. When done well, the end result is a rich beef-and-vegetable soup laced with pinched egg noodles (csipetke), and imparting the sharp-sweet flavor of fresh paprika. Price points range from €4 to €7 for a plate. Without further ado, below, the absolute best goulash soups in Budapest.