Fried cheese or smažený sýr, familiarly known as smažák, is a staple on Czech menus, from shabby pubs and bistros to middle class restaurants. The slices of cheese, coated with breadcrumbs and deep fried, are traditionally served with French fries or potatoes and tartar sauce. Find out more about smažák in the second part of our Czech Food Classics series.
Czechia is not famous for making world-class cheese. There is, however, one notable exception: a very peculiar local type of cheese made in Moravia called „Olomoucké tvarůžky" or, more colloquially „tvargle". It has been produced in the region around Olomouc for centuries and is famous for its aromatic smell.
The newly-appointed agriculture minister, Miroslav Toman, has said he will move to regulate the number of promotional campaigns in supermarket chains. The announcement comes in the wake of a controversial promo campaign at the German retailer Kaufland which recently offered shoppers a liter of milk for the price of just 1 crown.
Major supermarket chains Lidl and Globus this week made a breakthrough announcement this week, pledging to gradually phase out the sale of eggs from caged hens in their Czech stores. The decision was prompted by a video recently released by the animal rights group Obraz which revealed atrocious conditions in Czech intensive poultry farms.
The American snacks giant Mondelēz International, best known as the maker
of Oreo cookies and Milka-branded chocolate for the European market, has
announced a 200 millon dollar investment into in a biscuit manufacturing
facility in the Czech Republic, with the aim of boosting sales growth in
The plant in Opava, in the northeast of the county, currently employ nearly 1,000 people, The American multinational said that it will add five production lines to the facility
The European Commission has announced that it will fine the Czech Republic
7.5 billion crowns for failing to observe regulations in the process of
distributing agricultural subsidies.
The Commission claims that the Czech Agriculture Ministry disregarded regulations introduced in 2015 which were to guarantee that EU agricultural subsidies would only be granted to firms which could prove that at least a third of their profit came from agricultural activities.
An audit conducted late last year found that the Czech authorities failed to comply with this regulation in the period between 2025 and 2017.
The Czech Agriculture Ministry denies the lapse and has started negotiations aimed at getting the European Commission to reverse its decision.