Most people know Germany from its beer as it is one of the main beer producers in the world. Aside from beer, there are so many German foods you have to try while visiting the country. If there is one word to describe these local foods, it should be elegant. The warm, intimate and the joy of savoring these foods will surely impress you!
This signature food from Southern Germany literally means “little sparrow”. Every local household usually has their own recipe for Spatzle as it is family’s favorite main course. This soft egg noodle is typically served with other dishes, such as meat, sauce and gravy. Some others are serving spatzle with sausage. Just imagine yourself savoring this German pasta with other family members in a warm dining room. You can find Spatzle all over Germany, but for an authentic taste, try them in Swabian restaurant.
Beer and bratwurst are always be the most important part of every festival and public holiday in Germany. Bratwurst might as well the second thing that pops up in mind after beer when you think of Germany. What makes bratwursts different to other sausages is they are typically made from pork or veal, combined with seasonings, such as ginger, nutmeg, coriander, or caraway. You can easily find bratwurst all over the country; from fancy restaurants, street food stalls to the family-owned butcher shop. Each region in German has their own traditional recipe of bratwurst. Thuringian state, for example, uses marjoram, caraway, garlic, and cook their pork sausages over the hot charcoal.
Schnitzel, the breaded meat dish, is another traditional food loved by many. Some people enjoy the cutlet thin and crispy, while others like it thick and juicy. Schnitzel is usually served as the side dish to accompany mashed potato or potato salad.
Originally from Swabia, one of the seven administrative regions in Bavaria, Maultaschen is also renowned as the Swabian ravioli. This dish has other name that people usually call it – herrgottsb’scheisserle, or ‘Fool the Lord’ because of the story how it first came. One of the most popular theory is that the Cistercian monks of Maulbronn Monastery, hence the name Maultaschen, were loath to go without meat during Lent observance. So they concealed the forbidden food from the sight of the Lord by enclosing it in a pasta dough. This story created the other name for the dish, “to fool the Lord”.
Covering with pasta dough, Malutaschen is really looks like dumplings filled with other ingredients, such as spinach, ground meat, onions and bread.
Literally means “fish bun”, Fischbrötchen is a sandwich with fish, onions, pickles, remoulade and creamy horseradish sauce, inside. Fischbrötchen is usually served with bismarck herring or soused herring inside. It is commonly served at fast-food stand or take-out restaurant. The first Hanover Fair, one of the largest trade fair in the world, is also known as the Fischbrötchen Fair because the fish bun is commonly served as people snacks at the region.
You can say that currywurst is the most popular fast food in Germany, especially in Berlin. It is the German origin sausage that consists of steamed and fried sausages, which turned it as one of the most addictive German foods. Since the sausage has been the favored street food in German for decades, you can easily find it at the street food stalls around the city. The origin of currywurst started in 1949 when Herta Heuwer obtained curry powder and ketchup from British soldiers in Germany. Some love to eat currywurst by mixing potato sauce over the sausage and sprinkle some paprika and curry powder, pinch of salt, and few drops of Worcestershire to it.
Stollen is a bread that is usually served during Christmas season. It is a fruit bread of nuts and dried fruit, coated with powdered or icing sugar thus made stollen looks so colorful and very festive. There is a Stollenfest in Dresden every year near the Christmas day. The tradition of baking Christmas Stollen dates back to the 15th century where every household prepared the sweet and eggy bread even before the busy holiday season. It is often wrapped to resemble the baby Jesus asleep in the manger and given to friends or family weeks later
Prinzregententorte is named after Luitpold, the prince regent of Bavaria from 1886. He was a popular regent that time as he generously opened parks and palaces to the public. There are at least six thin layers of sponge cake with chocolate butter cream on each side. It used to have 8 layers of cake and cream to represent the 8 Bavarian districts back then. The whole cake is covered in dark chocolate. Some people also add apricot jam at the top of the cake. The first baker of the cake, Heinrich George Erbshäuser, created the cake to honor the regent. He asked permission to Luitpold to call the cake as Prince Regent’s cake and he agreed. Since that day, the cake becomes more popular as a part of the tradition of Munich and Bavaria.
Rote grutze, literally means “red groats”, is a sweet dish made from red berries and pudding. It is originally from Northern side of the country and gained popularity as the national dessert of Germany. You can savor it with cream, vanilla sauce, or milk poured to the fruit pudding.
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