German cuisine does not live by sausage alone, I might say. But it would be a big lie. Although the country has good bread, meat dishes, the good news is that it is not expensive to eat in Germany, especially in Berlin. The capital is one of the cheapest in Western Europe and has good typical restaurants, including in the tourist districts. If you are in other important tourist cities, like Munich, Hamburg and Nuremberg, you will also find good restaurants and good street food really typical of Germany.
1. Brezel, the different German bread
It's a loaf, but it looks more like a cookie. Also called Bretzel, Laugenbrezel and popularized in the United States as Pretzel. Regardless of the name, the loop shape is unmistakable. If you see one of these, you can try it. It's not bad, but it's also not good (personal taste). The brezel is one of those things that have no flavor at all, but we need to take a bite to see which one it is. It can be found with sweet topping, but the traditional one is only covered with coarse salt.
2. Sausages of various colors and flavors
Before arriving in Germany, I thought that sausage was sausage and that's it. But there I discovered dozens of varieties, colors, spices and flavors of sausage. They are really passionate about sausage, which is present in starters, main courses and snacks, whether raw, fried or cooked. Main types of German sausages:
• Bratwurst, the roasted sausage
• Nürnberger Rostbratwürste, the Nuremberg sausage
• Weisswurst, the white sausage Bavaria
• Leberwurst, the liver pate sausage
3. Currywurst, the typical Berlin sausage
Currywurst deserves a separate explanation. More than just a minced sausage seasoned with curry, it has become a cultural asset in Berlin.
4. Wurstsalat, the sausage salad
Well, the Germans are able to even put sausage on the salad. The recipe is simple: sausage slices (Lyoner or Regensburger types), onion seasoned with oil, vinegar, chives, a little sugar to season. The dish is most common in Bavaria and enjoyed by brewers who spend the afternoons of traditional biergartens.
5. Königsberger Klopse, the German meatball
Unlike Brazil, which boasts cuts of noble meat north to south, Germany has developed different recipes with meatloaf and meatballs. Which comes out much cheaper than ordering a steak, for example, besides being worth it as a cultural gastronomic experience. The most typical German meatball is this Königsberger. Founded in ancient Prussia, today it is common in Berlin and northern Germany, especially on the border with Poland. It is usually served with capers and a strong root sauce.
6. Fischbrötchen, the fish sandwich
Typical of northern Germany, especially in coastal cities, it can also be found at Fischmarkt, Hamburg's fish market. It is basically a slice of fish (herring or salmon), a few slices of pickles and sauce to taste, inside a generous bread.
7. Sauerkraut, the almost omnipresent accompaniment
Main accompaniment to many dishes in Germany. Sauerkraut is for the Germans just as rice and beans are for Brazilians. It is simply pickled fermented cabbage, served cold. Mainly accompanies sausages, sausages and pork in general.
8. Eisbein, the pig's knee
A very traditional cut in Germany and present in different dishes in the country 7 to 1. With a dense layer of fat on the outside, and meat is soft and tasty on the inside.
9. Spätzle, the German noodles
Homemade pasta, more common in southern Germany and its borders. Reminds the eastern masses. There is egg in the recipe, so vegans are also left out. But vegetarians can try it.
10. Bratapfel, the stuffed apple jam
Take an apple and remove that seeded core. Instead, put almonds, raisins, cloves, cinnamon and nougat, wine and sugar. If you are going to replicate here in Brazil, it is worth putting cashew nuts and Brazil nuts, for example. Then bake for about 15 minutes. There is a recipe at Cuecas na Cozinha. It is a Christmas dessert, common at the end of the year. It is usually served with ice cream.
11. Rote Grutze
To close the list, a mouth-watering German dessert: red fruits with ice cream. In the recipe, red fruits like blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, cherry and strawberry, covering a well served scoop of vanilla or cream ice cream. The recipe has other details, which I saw here on this blog and I wanted to try it at home. As I don't like Apfelstrudel, Germany's most famous typical sweet, Rote Grutze deserves to close the list.