Wurst, Wurst and more Wurst! That was all we ever think about when we were looking for food in Berlin. They are undeniably delicious and the cheapest food available in Berlin. Home to the original Currywurst, there appears to be a lot more other types of Wurst here too – Bratwurst, Bockwurst, Krakauerwurst, Knacker, Ketwurst…etc… (can’t even remember or pronounce the rest of them.)
Generally, Wurst means sausage and the word that comes before it means the way they are prepared. Sometimes, they also mean the different parts of the pork where the sausage is made from. For those not accustomed to German food names, here’s a simple glossary of what each of them mean :
Bratwurst – Pan fried / grilled sausage. Usually served with a little piece of bread (brotchen) or fries (pommes frites), or both.
Bockwurst – boiled sausage, the healthier alternative to Bratwurst.
Currywurst – Bratwurst with ketchup on top, and curry powder sprinkled on top of it. Served with bread or fries, sometimes with sauerkraut too.
Krakauerwurst – Originates from Krakow (Poland), it seems like a type of Bratwurst but the taste is much heavier, and i think, nicer.
Knacker – the most oily and unhealthy variant of Wurst, it seems that there will be oil flowing out once you stick your fork into it, so you need to wait till the oil finished draining, then only start eating it! I didn’t have the luck to try this one!
Ketwurst – a piece of long bread impaled in the middle, and a piece of Bratwurst stuck inside it, then insert lots of ketchup into the hole. Just like Bratwurst with ketchup, but the only difference is that the Wurst is completely hidden inside the bread.
Riesenbockwurst – a giant-sized, extra long Bockwurst.
All Wurst are usually served with a piece of bread or fries, or both. Sometimes with sauerkraut too.
Oh yes, we ate them with every chance we’ve got; in cafes, in restaurants, at train stations, at sidewalk vendors, even at home, we tried to make them ourselves. My favourite being Currywurst, yummy! But whatever Wurst it was, it just tasted so nice, so we didn’t really care what variant it was, as long as it’s Wurst. As the Germans like to say: “Das ist mir Wurst!!” (Literally means : “That is my sausage!”. Really means: “I don’t give a damn!”)
Kartoffel and Schnitzel
Well, other than Wurst, we did try some other typical German localities too. Here’s some of the stuff we made for dinner.
Bratkartoffeln mit Zwiebel und Spiegelei (Pan-fried sliced potatoes with onions and sunny side up)
Kartoffelpuffer mit Apfelmus (Fried grated potatoes with apple puree)
Zigeunerschnitzel pommes (Pork chop, fried with bread crumbs and served with gypsy sauce and fries)
Other than Wurst and potatoes, German beers are also highly renowned. There must be more than a thousand different types of beers in Germany, seeing the fact that almost every city, town or district manufactures its own brand of beer.
The Germans drink their beer like they drink water (In fact, they appear to drink beer more than they drink water!). Beers are also incredibly cheap in Germany, or maybe it is just here in Berlin. A half dozen big bottles of decent beer can be purchased for about €3.50 from the supermarket. That makes 1 bottle to be less than €0.60. If you take it in a restaurant or bar, it would cost an average between €1.30 – €2.50 per bottle. Still considerably affordable, compared to other countries. So, no reason not to try them while we’re here.
Wine and Glühwein – Wine is pretty suitable too; here in the midst of winter you need everything you can get to keep warm. The average German would prefer Glühwein or Glögg, though. I’m not sure exactly what the difference is, i think it is the type of liquer or spirits used in its ingredient. Glühwein is basically a kind of mixture of heated red wine (or fruit wines), boiled with spices like cloves, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla pods, star aniseed, citrus and sugar. Sometimes a shot of rum or liqueur is added into the mixture too. It is a traditional beverage taken to keep warm, commonly served during the Christmas season.
Berliner Kindl Weise (Grün / Rot) – Berliner Kindl seems to be the most popular brand of local beer, sometimes it is added with either raspberry syrup (Himbeersirup) for the red version, or woodruff (Waldmeistersirup) for the green version. So schmeckt Berlin!
Absinthe – a herbal distilled, highly alcoholic, spirit-based beverage. Traditionally has a natural green color, but not always so. Normally diluted with water prior to consumption, and added with a little sugar.
Chocolates heaven – we visited this Ritter Sport concept store, and wow, was it amazing! Huge 3-story building that consists of the retail shop, the museum, the cakehouse, the workshop where you create your own chocolates, the cafe where you could have everything and anything made from the Ritter Sport chocolates. Truly a heaven for chocolate lovers. 🙂
Kaffee und Kuchen (Coffee and cake) – this was what we have almost every 2-3 hours; due to the freezing cold outside, we needed to get some warmth every now and then. Good for a well needed recharge too, and to defrost the fingers a little!