Hódmezővásárhely, a city in Southeast Hungary (25 km away from Szeged), has been one of the economic and cultural centers of the Great Hungarian Plain for centuries. The city’s name – which literally translates to Marketplace on the Beavers’ Field – was first mentioned after the fusion of two Árpád-era villages, Hód and Vásárhely. The term mező was later added to the town’s name.
Fülesleves is traditionally made in Hódmezővásárhely. In spite of its name it has nothing to do with any (human or animal) ears, it refers to the small bowls with handles in that the soup used to be served in the old days. The soup is very light and tasty; its specialty lies in the tiny cottage cheese dumplings that are seasoned with dill and cooked in the soup.