Traditional Food in Berlin

Curry up and start eating some traditional Berlin food! By far the most popular German sausage is the currywurst. So much so, that the city of Berlin has a museum devoted to the classic sausage. In the museum you can create your own currywurst in a VR game called “Curry up!” The exhibition guides you via a sauce trail through rooms with sausage-themed couches and spicechambers for sniffing. A delight to the senses, the curators have not left out music inspired by curry sausages and culinary arts.

The heroine of this tasty dish is none other than Herta Charlotte Heuwer, who had invented the take-out dish in 1949. Heuwer enjoyed so much success in her peak years that she employed 19 saleswomen and was open day and night on Kaiser-Friedrich-Straße 59. On the 29th of June 2003 the German government dedicated a plaque in her honour on said street. Their beauty is in the sauce with a combination of tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, curry powder and other ingredients. Of course a German sausage is simply a synonym for good sausage and when these ideas meet it is heaven in the midst of potatoes.

Basically, the German snack is a pretzel. You can get yourself a pretzel at a cornerstone, supermarket, bakery, out-door food vendor, café… You get the point. This ubiquitous food is also adequately accompanied by a maas, or a litre of beer, in order to quench the thirst. Usually seasoned with salt, the pretzel is a simple snack that is made from dough. Although some have tried all sorts of seasonings and variations to the by now cemented recipe, one must try the classic perfected treat that comes to us from the Early Middle Ages – you can literally taste the history.

Eisbein or “ice leg” is yet another must in order to satiate your lust for German cuisine. It is a slightly boiled ham hock served with pease pudding ­– which is a savoury pudding made from legumes. Numerous variations of this meal exist but in Berlin it is served with pease pudding. In the south of Germany the ham is normally roasted while in Franconia it is served with potatoes or sauerkraut.

My favourite geometrical figure has always been the torus due to its uncanny resemblance to the doughnut – or maybe it’s just me. Interestingly, the Berliner Pfannkuche, or simply Berliner, has contested the doughnut’s iconic status through pure mathematical genius. Across the Atlantic, German gourmet chefs decided that the hole needed filling with marmalade or jam and hence a delicacy was born. It is said that Germans like to fill the Berliner Pfannkuche with mustard without telling the customers as a practical joke.