We just got back from our honeymoon where the New Mr. Z ate some sort of goulash every stinking day, from Romania to the Czech Republic. They were all different and sometimes weird, but our favorite was the authentic sort in Budapest. We had delicious food at some completely random restaurant we picked because our feet hurt and we refused to walk another block - I had the chicken paprikash with gorgeous potato dumpling things, he just stuck to the gulyas. His came with a little dish of some sort of condiment - obviously paprika-based, red, quite spicy but very flavorful (and quite tasty when stirred into my dumpling things!)
So: what was that?
And, suggest a good recipe for the authentic stuff we had in Hungary? (Or the really good inauthentic stuff we had in Romania, I’ll take that too!) A little spicy but not too spicy, lean meat with no gross parts, etc. Do you have to start with that paste they had in the grocery store that we couldn’t take back with us because we didn’t check luggage? Can you even get that here in the US?