Last week, I reviewed some of the excellent beers that Berlin has to offer. This week, I thought I’d recount some of my culinary experiences in this great city.
Currywurst – if you’ve not yet experienced this particular German delicacy – is perhaps the most ingenious, yet simple snack ever invented. It is up there with Belgian frites and the hot dog. As the name suggests, currywurst involves little more than a German sausage or bratwurst smothered in curry ketchup. It is normally quite spicy and often served with a big piece of bread as shown below. It isn’t much to look at, but take my word for it, you are in for a tasty treat! A currywurst can be enjoyed any time of the day, so long as it is served with an ice-cold German pilsner.
The schnitzel is best associated with Austria, but it in fact originates in Hungary or so I’m led to believe. Like currywurst, schnitzel is in fact quite a simple dish – a piece of meat (normally pork or veal) hammered until it is very thin, coated with breadcrumbs and then fried in oil. A schnitzel can be served with bratkartoffeln (fried potatoes), or oftentimes with spätzle which is a kind of egg noodle as seen below. Schnitzel is served with a wide variety of sauces; one of my particular favourites is schnitzel with mushroom sauce – known as jaegerschnitzel.
In Berlin, you’ll find an endless array of bakeries selling all manner of delicious pastries. For me however, there is one particular pastry which really stands out and that is the humble Schoko-Wuppi. Little more than a hunk of bread with chocolate chips, this is nonetheless the perfect snack to eat on the go and I enjoyed many of them during my trip to Berlin. You’ll find the Shoko-Wuppi on sale in Kamps, a German bakery with branches all over the city and beyond.