Czech Food Bramborak

Czech Food Bramborak

Bramborak has to be without doubt one of the least healthy food options so limit yourself to side dishes and pub food with a beer. You may also see this listed as “Bramboračky” in which case it’s smaller in size.

czech food bramborak cooked golden brown and drained of excess oil

More often than not it’s a side dish so look for “Bramboračky” in the same part of the menu as boiled potatoes and chips etc. You can find Bramborak on it’s own in a restaurant but it’s pretty rare. In a market, look for the stall with the fat fryer and that’s where it will be and hence why it’s also a popular pub food. Expect to pay @CZK60 for a portion.

Make it Yourself – Bramborak Ingredients to Serve Four

Mixing Bramborak ingredients in a bowl
Mixing Bramborak ingredients in a bowl

Potatoes, Garlic, Eggs, Flour, Milk and Seasoning. You can figure out precise weights as you go because preparing Bramborak is based on your own tastes. For example, as a rough guide start with 4 large potatoes i.e. for 4 people. That means that you’ll need 2 eggs, 3-4 tablespoons of flour, 1 tablespoon of milk and a pinch of salt. So already you should be getting an idea of “if I want 6 potatoes then I’ll need xxx of the other stuff”. Allow a large clove of garlic for every large potato but after that the seasoning is up to you. More garlic, that’s fine. Cumin seeds, Marjoram, Chives etc etc it’s up to you to find the right balance.

Make it Yourself – How Bramborak is Prepared

Frying Bramborak until golden brown
Frying Bramborak until golden brown

You’ll need a grater, mixing bowl, frying pan and a tablespoon. First put your eggs, flour, milk and seasoning into the mixing bowl and mix it up. Then peel and grate all the potatoes into the same bowl and mix it all up. When mixed it should have the consistency of a wet coleslaw and it looks awful. Add oil to the frying pan and make sure it’s hot. Then spoon out whatever portions of Bramborak (or Bramboračky) you want from the bowl to the pan keeping the depth to about a centimetre (you can see in the picture above that means you should be able to fit three or four portions into the pan). After 10-12 minutes the bottom should be cooked and you can turn it over so allow for a total cooking time of @25 minutes. Just cook until brown and when you take it from the pan put it on a piece of kitchen paper to drain off excess oil. We’ve tried baking Bramborak in an oven before and it comes out more like a pancake so we prefer frying.

Jazz It Up

Bramborak at a food festival served with sweet cabbage
Bramborak at a food festival served with sweet cabbage
three pieces of czech bramboracky on a plate with sweet cabbage and peppers
Bramboračky ordered as a meal on its own with sweet cabbage and peppers

Remember this is basically fried potato with some other stuff so to jazz it up sometimes we’ll add chopped bacon. I like to add a couple of generous spoons of Zeli i.e. the Czech sweet cabbage. Or sometimes I’ll spread mayonnaise and a touch of tabasco. The options are endless, just don’t eat it every day. The picture was from a market where the Bramborak was CZK50 and the Sweet Cabbage on top was an extra CZK10.

Buying in a Shop

different types of fried food offered by a prague deli
Different types of Bramborak in a shop

Bakers and/or Delis (what we call Lahudky) will often sell fried items with a fixed weight. In the picture above you’ll see three signs that say “Bramborak”. On the left is the basic style as described above hence it is the cheapest at CZK27. The next two have meat added and have a price of CZK32. The middle one has a phrase “s uzenym masem” which means it has smoked pork added. On the right “s kurecim masem” which means it has pieces of chicken. At 120g you would consider this to be a snack or as part of a larger meal.

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