Here is alist of the names of the famous foods in traditional Germany that you should try.
Mention traditional German food and most people tend to think of sausages, sauerkraut and beer – but German food is much more than these three things.
Germany has a long history of cooking that reflects its rural roots and geography. Over the years, German food has evolved as a national cuisine through centuries of social and political change. Each region has its own specialization and distinctive flavor.
For example, the area around Hamburg is famous for its fresh fish dishes while the south is famous for all kinds of foods made from pork. But the common denominator of all of them is German attractiveness and richness that you won't find anywhere else.
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- Food names in German (a list of famous dishes in Germany)
- Meat dishes
- Traditional German sausages
- Side dishes
- Traditional German desserts
- Where to eat in Berlin?
Food names in German (a list of famous dishes in Germany)
Traditional German food is heavy and very rich. There will be meat at every midday and evening meal, often also at breakfast.
A typical meal usually includes fatty meat portions dipped in rich, creamy sauces with buttery rolls, baked squash and a full glass of beer.
Let's start by taking a look at some of Germany's basic meat dishes.
Sauerbraten (Stew Rust Beef)
The German barbecue is a delicious and deep stew of soft beef marinated with vinegar and various spices. This traditionally delicious soup is served with red cabbage, potato dumplings (kartoffelklöße) or boiled potatoes.
It usually involves days of seasoning beef, horse meat or venison in a wine vinegar mixture over several days. Having been named as one of the national dishes of Germany, the sauerbraten is often the main star in restaurant menus.
Schweinshaxe (pork joint)
Often the size of an adult human head, Shwinshax is the pork shank or pork joint. They are usually roasted until the skin easily falls out of the bone, the flesh becomes tender and exciting, and the skin is brittle and brittle. Especially popular in Bavaria.
The meat is soaked for several days in case of large pieces for up to a week. Then the Schweinshaxi is roasted at low temperatures, usually – depending on the size – for two to three hours. Then they are served with various types of potatoes and cabbage.
The best place to try this is definitely Munich's most famous brewery.
Rinderroulade (rolled beef)
A typical dish in Saxony, this Roled beef packs different flavors into one dish. High-quality thin beef steaks are wrapped around bacon, onions, pickles and mustard, then roasted with red wine to produce a rich, dark flavor.
Rouladen is traditionally served for dinner, with potato pancakes or mashed potatoes and pickled red cabbage. Grilled winter vegetables are another popular side dish.
Broth is an absolute requirement to bring the dish closer and is usually poured over the meat.
Schnitzel (beef piece)
Although Schnitzel is more of an Austrian dish, it is very popular in Germany. Wiener Schnitzel, is a castilla covered with breadcrumbs with cheese and pork stuffed with cheese, served with green salad and potatoes.
Hasenpfeffer (stewed rabbit)
I'm a soup lover, so I can't definitely rule out this traditional German dish.
Small-sized portions of rabbits, which are often too small to roast, are cooked with onions and wine for hours to produce this rich, delicious soup. Salt water is made from wine and vinegar, then it is thickened with rabbit blood.
Hase is a German word meaning "rabbit" and pfeffer means "pepper", although the culinary context generally refers to spices and spices in the dish in general. In Bavaria and Austria, hasenpfeffer can contain sweet or hot paprika.
Traditional German sausages
There is a long tradition in the sausage industry in Germany. More than 1500 different types of sausages are made.
There are many regional specialties, such as the Münchner Weißwurst (white sausages in Munich) famous in Bavaria or currywurst (steamed pork sausages cut into slices and marinated with curry sauce) famous in the urban areas of Berlin.
It is usually eaten as street food, but you will also find it served in a dish with sauerkraut and mustard in restaurants at very affordable prices.
Bratwurst (grilled sausage)
Sausages are one of the most popular foods in Germany. This is a kind of fresh sausage, usually made from pork and veal, seasoned with ginger, nutmeg, cilantro or caraway.
It is served grilled with a slightly crispy peel and filled with mustard and ketchup. You can also eat it with sauerkraut and mustard, or simply in a bread roll. They are often grilled over sizzling barbecue platforms throughout Germany, especially in the summer.
Knockwurst (boiled sausage)
Made of finely minced beef and pork, knockwurst resembles a large sausage dog. However, the difference in quality is significant and molds made from high-quality components are made.
The pink color comes from light smoking after the first boil, and gives the special casing the quality of stirring that "bursts" when bitten.
These sausages are prepared in bull water like sausages, and then served on good rye bread with Dijon mustard.
Weisswurst (Bacon sausage)
Weisswurst is a traditional Bavarian sausage made from minced veal and bacon. It is usually flavored with parsley, lemon, clay, onions, ginger and cardamom.
Wisswurst is usually served for a mid-morning snack by cooking gently in hot water. Boiling water should not be used because it divides the casing. Then it is served with a wonderful salted piece of sweet mustard and good beer.
Currywurst (sausage with curry sauce)
Hertha Heuer in Berlin in 1949 invented a curry dish usually made from pork sausages with a sauce made of ketchup and curry powder.
In a way, these components were obtained from British soldiers after the war and served on a grilled sausage.
These days, currywurst is considered the most famous type of sausage in Germany, and there is also a museum that honors it. It is served in Berlin and Hamburg with French fries and bread rolls.
Potatoes are the staple of traditional German food. Potatoes entered German cuisine in the late seventeenth century, and were present almost everywhere in the XIX century and beyond.
It is also common dumplings (including Klöße as a term in the north or Knödel as a term in the south). Noodles made from wheat flour and eggs are very common especially in the southwestern part of the country.
Kartoffelpuffer (potato pie)
This is a french fries pie that looks like latki. Mix mashed or grated potatoes with parsley, eggs and onions in a flat round shape and then fry deeply to form a pie.
Usually they are served with eggs for breakfast. It can also be served with apple sauce and sour cream for a dessert like a dish.
Kartoffelkloesse (potato pancakes)
Traditional German potato pancakes are made in two ways: with cooked potatoes and a mixture of cooked and raw potatoes. Cook, mash, knead in large sticky balls and finally climb in salted water.
This is an ideal side dish for meat dishes and is also great as a stand-alone vegetarian dish. It is usually served as a side dish with plenty of broth to absorb dumplings.
There is a dumpling museum in Germany that foodies can visit. Learn about the history of dumplings at Thuringian Dumplings Museum and finally enjoy a tasting festival. It is listed as one of the top ten gastronomic museums in the world.
Sauerkraut (fermented cabbage)
It has a long shelf life and a characteristic sour flavor, both of which are caused by lactic acid that is formed when bacteria ferment the sugars in cabbage. It is served along with many meat dishes.
Spätzle (egg noodles)
An all-vegetarian dish, Spätzle is a very popular dish not only in Germany but also in Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Egg noodles are handmade from flour, eggs, salt and a spray of sparkling water to stir the dough.
Traditionally, Spätzle is made by scraping long, thin slices of dough from a wooden cutting board (sometimes wet) in boiling salted water where it is cooked until it rises to the surface. After the pasta becomes solid, it is peeled and set aside.
Spätzle is served with a large amount of melted cheese, as a side dish for meat dishes (such as Schnitzel) or it can be a main dish in itself.
Butterkäse (butter cheese)
"Butter cheese" is traditionally made near the Swiss border and has a creamy texture and a wonderful flavor. It contains more than 50% fat, which is why the flavor of butter appears and melts beautifully.
It is also called damenkäse or "ladies' cheese" for allergy and lack of smell.
Brezeln (salted cakes)
German pastries or Brezeln are a requirement when visiting Germany. You'll find it sold on the streets, in department stores or grocery stores.
Large thick pastries are usually sold slightly salted or with sesame seeds on them. You can eat them alone or dip them in some delicious mustard. Germany would not be without decent salt.
Traditional German desserts
Lebkuchen (ginger biscuits)
A real favorite of German Christmas. This is a biscuit version of ginger and is sometimes covered with a layer of dark chocolate, nuts or sugar with energy.
You can buy cans of them from Christmas markets and usually sell them one or two stalls with icy "hot" sayings on the tops of cookies.
Apfelkuchen (apple cake)
A kind of simply delicious German apple cake. The apples are soaked in sugar, cinnamon and some lemon juice and then baked in a pastry mixture with butter.
Throw raisins before baking and cook the cake very quickly and then serve with a wonderful cup of coffee.
Mohnstrudel (Strudel poppy seeds)
Streusil poppy seeds is an essential ingredient in every German home during the Christmas holidays. A simple stereocell made from a roasted bread dough and a creamy poppy seed filling.
Kaiserschmarren is a type of traditional German pancake made from a sweet mixture and then cooked in butter. Because the egg is struck separately in the meringue, which is added to the mixture, the pie becomes very thin.
Traditionally, Kaiserschmarren is then divided with two forks into pieces when fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Pancakes are also called "emperor's pie" as Tsar Franz Joseph was a big fan of these pancakes.
Black Forest Cake
This cake was very popular in the eighties, and it has always been the one served at a party. It became very popular all over the world as the Black Forest in Germany was put on the map.
Black Forest cake is full of cherries, chocolates, liquor and whipped cream. The official German name is "Schwarzwälderkirschtorte", which is rather a long way to express a cake soaked in a Kirsch Likor drink before baking it.
This traditional German bread is usually served at Christmas. It's basically a fruit cake filled with icing sugar and candy. Its name in Germany is Christstollen which is a must if you are in Germany for Christmas.
Where to eat in Berlin?
Berlin is the most visited city in Germany and it's easy to find out why once here. It has an interesting combination of old and new, which can be seen in the culinary scene as well. Before getting into traditional German food, you should try, here are some of the best places to eat in Berlin:
This restaurant dates back more than 90 years in Berlin and dates back to the twenties of the twentieth century. It is an essential element of Berlin's culinary scene. The star of the show here is trout and smoked eels.
Arguably the most beautiful Bergarten (beer garden) in Berlin Café am Neuen See is located on the shores of a lake. The café serves grilled specialities and, of course, beer.
Berlin's oldest beer garden, Prater Garten is hidden away in what appears to be someone's backyard in Kastanienallee. You can enjoy beer in a relaxing comfort and when it gets dark, the trees are lit up with fairy lights that add a touch of romance to the evening.
One of Berlin's most famous and oldest restaurants, this place has been in the same location since 1621. Legend has it that the famous and notorious from Napoleon to Charlie Chaplin ate here.
This market hall is undoubtedly considered the cultural center of German cuisine in the past and present. The market reopened in 2011 exactly 120 years after its original opening, hosting a large variety of food stalls ranging from American barbecues to fish smokers and small breweries.
It is true that most people do not go to Germany for food. Before you order in a restaurant, ask what is local so you can try regional dishes.
Knowing these things about eating in Germany will go a long way in helping you explore Germany's food culture and enjoy your visit to this country.
Are you heading to Germany? Have you tried any of these dishes?