10 Croatian words to describe the texture of food

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Lasagna at Pizzeria Galija in Spilt, Croatia

It is very common to be at a loss for words in Croatia as a foreigner when you’re not sure how to communicate your thoughts in Croatian. If you are a foodie like us, this can be very frustrating. But don’t worry – we are here to help!

In this post, we share 10 words you can use to describe the texture of the food, each with a few examples.

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10 Croatians words to describe the texture of food

kremast

Meaning: creamy
Exclamation: Kremasto je! (It is creamy!)

Example:
English: This chocolate cake is so creamy that it melts in your mouth.
Croatian: Ovaj kolač od čokolade je tako kremast da se topi u ustima.

hrskav

Meaning: crispy, crunchy
Exclamation: Hrskavo je! (It is crispy!)

Example:
English: Can I get crispy french fries?
Croatian: Mogu li dobiti hrskaviji pomfrit?

gust

Meaning: thick
Exclamation: Gusto je! (It is thick!)

Example:
English: Thick tomato soup cures every hangover. Try it if you haven’t already!
Croatian: Gusta juha od rajčice liječi svaki mamurluk. Probaj ako već nisi!

sirov

Meaning: raw
Exclamation: Sirovo je! (It is raw!)

Example:
English: I asked for medium, but this steak is completely raw.
Croatian: Tražila sam srednje pečen, ali ovaj steak je potpuno sirov.

drobljiv

Meaning: crumbly
Exclamation: Drobljivo je! (It is crumbly!)

Example:
English: I prepared veggie steaks for my boyfriend, but they were crumbly. I didn’t use eggs.
Croatian: Pripremila sam vege odreske svom dečku, ali bili su drobljivi. Nisam koristila jaja.

suh

Meaning: dry
Exclamation: Suho je! (It is dry!)

Example:
English: My nightmare is dry pasta. I always put a lot of sauce on it.
Croatian: Moja noćna mora je suha tjestenina. Uvijek stavim jako puno umaka.

zagoren

Meaning: burned
Exclamation: Zagoreno je! (It is burned!)

Example:
English: The garlic bread is burned. I was not paying attention.
Croatian: Kruh od češnjaka je zagoren. Nisam obraćala pažnju.

gnjecav

Meaning: doughy, gooey, soggy
Exclamation: Gnjecavo je! (It is doughy!)

Example:
English: I overcooked the rice and now it is gooey.
Croatian: Prekuhala sam rižu i sad je gnjecava.

mastan

Meaning: fatty, greasy, buttery
Exclamation: Masno je! (It is greasy!)

Example:
English: I don’t like to go to that restaurant because the food is always greasy.
Croatian: Ne volim ići u taj restoran jer je hrana uvijek masna.

žilav

Meaning: chewy, stringy
Exclamation: Žilavo je! (It is chewy!)

Example:
English: This meat is chewy like leather.
Croatian: Ovo meso je žilavo kao koža.

[Read: 5 Croatian words to use when you’re (not) enjoying food]

Which word do you use the most when describing food texture? Let us know in the comments.

Please note: All information provided by Expat in Croatia is only for the purposes of guidance. It does not constitute legal advice in any form. For legal advice, you must consult with a licensed Croatian lawyer. We can recommend one if you contact us.

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