Transylvanian cuisine is a delicious, savory mix of Romanian, Hungarian and German influences. Although Transylvania is inhabited mostly by Romanians, large Hungarian and German communities also live here. The culinary traditions of each community are now blended into the unique Transylvanian cuisine. The tastes that define Transylvanian foods are smoked, salty, spicy and sour-sweet. Hungarian heritage brings the hot and spicy, while the German traditions enrich Transylvanian cuisine with its specific schnitzels, apple strudels and cabbage dishes, but also with amazing sweet and sour dishes including meat and fruits. The Romanian part of Transylvanian food includes a large variety of soups, cheeses and pork products.
A very interesting mix, Transylvanian cuisine has plenty of character and personality. It’s probably not the healthiest diet in the world, with plenty of meat, especially pork and a large variety of cheeses, pastry products and bread, but it’s definitely one of the tastiest.
There are a few dishes you definitely have to try if you are travelling in Transylvania: the famous “sarmale” (meat stuffed cabbage rolls), the sausages and the many varieties of traditional cheese, goulash and much more. Also, you can try cooking Transylvanian dishes yourself, you’ll find many authentic recipes right here.