Jókai bean soup – The great tale-teller’s favorite soup

by | Feb 15, 2014 | Soups

Jókai bean soup is named after Mór Jókai (1825-1904), one of the greatest Hungarian writers. He was the greatest figure of Hungarian romantic prose. But his enormous life-work can’t be categorized only in one style as his works bear marks of the new trends of post-romanticism. Jókai was extremely prolific, he wrote more than 100 novels. Amongst the finest of his works may be mentioned The Man with the Golden Touch, The Baron’s Sons, Poor Plutocrats, Black Diamonds, A Hungarian Nabob and Zoltán Kárpáthy.

Mór-Jókai
Mór Jókai – photo: Wikipedia

Few people know that serious historical writings about gastronomy can also be found among his works. But he never published any food recipe. He looked for the domestic tastes in everything and everywhere, he adored the Hungarian dishes, among others this bean soup.

Jókai bean soup
Jókai bean soup – photo: zserbo.com
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Hungarian cottage cheese

This is what Hungarian túró looks like

You often ask me what kind of cottage cheese (or curd cheese or farmer's cheese - call it what you want) I use in the recipes. In Hungary the store-bought cottage cheese is dry and crumbly as you can see in the picture. So if a recipe calls for túró, I mean this type. If you can't obtain túró, you can try to make your own from whole milk. Click on the link below.

Metric system vs cup

In Hungary metric units are in use, all the recipes on this website are based on this system, so a kitchen scale is necessary. Since I’m not familiar with cup as a measurement unit, I convert grams to cups by using an online converter. The values in brackets, therefore, are only approximate volumes, so, please, double-check them before you start cooking.

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