What do people eat in Switzerland?


Cooking in Switzerland reflects the country's various ethnic traditions. For example, fondue and raclette (melted cheese dishes) come from the French part of Switzerland. Sausages, roasts and rösti (fried potatoes) originated in the German regions. Foods such as bündnerfleisch (sliced air-dried beef) come from the Graubünden region. In the southern regions, traditional Italian dishes are common. Most cantons have their own special dishes.

Switzerland is famous for its dairy products, such as milk, yogurt, butter and cheese. Gruyere and Emmenthal are the best-known types of cheese. Sausages are popular, and many different varieties are available in butcher's shops. Veal and pork chops are also widely enjoyed. Zurcher Geschnetzeltes is a popular veal dish. Many people also enjoy fish from Switzerland's lakes. Favorite sweets include sugar buns and spiced honey cakes, basler läckerli (gingerbread), zuger kirschtorte (layer cake), as well as the world-famous Swiss chocolate.

A typical Swiss breakfast consists of bread, butter, marmalade or honey, perhaps some cheese or cereal, with milk, tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Most Swiss have a small lunch with soup or a sandwich, although some families eat a complete meal at midday. Another typical midday meal is bircher müesli (a mixture of grains and yogurt). The evening meal may be a full dinner or a simple supper of bread, cheese and cold cuts.

There are many places to eat out in Switzerland, from fast food restaurants to family restaurants to gourmet establishments, including Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai and Mexican restaurants.

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