The following article gives you a famous German foods list that you should try and include in your diet and see how you'll love it!
German cuisine has undergone an immense amount of change through the years, with the evolution of the social and political scenario of the country. The regional food has evolved from different parts of the country.
Traditional German cuisine had been created during centuries and is representing German lifestyle, history and culture. And yes, it is absolutely delicious! However, each region of the country may have its own variations of preparing one or another dish, but the most important thing is that it doesn’t change the fact that it is always tasty, and even pictures of this food are making your mouth water. Moreover, Germany is famous for its excellent haute cuisine. According to the Michelin Guide, Germany is the country with the second most restaurants in the world with one or more stars! But in this article we will talk not about haute cuisine and fine dining, but about traditional and confort food that most of German families are eating, and the ones that you must taste coming to this country. Read our list of 8 Famous German foods!
List of Famous German foods:
Carnivores will certainly get their share of delights in Germany. While sausages are great to consume at the markets, if you are actually going to sit down at a restaurant, have a go at a Schweinebraten. Schwein means pig, and so a Schweinebraten is a pork roast. It’s best if you get a nice, large boneless pork shoulder. Usually, it is served with some kind of accompanying sauce and Knödel, meaning dumplings.
Moving on to chicken now. A Brathend’l is a roasted chicken. Some see it as a unique treat to be consumed on Sundays and festivities, but over time, it has become a standard that is sold at many of the outdoor beer gardens and markets. At Oktoberfest, you can get coupons for a Halbes Hend’l, meaning half a roasted chicken. It might appear to be a lot at first, but with a Mass Bier and some Brez’n, you’ll have it down in no time.
Funny enough, but the most famous German dish, Spätzle, is completely vegetarian. Spätzle are a kind of pasta, but the dough only consists of eggs, flour, salt and a hint of fizzy water (in order to fluff up the dough). Spätzle are traditionally served as a side dish to meaty dishes (like Schnitzel) or can even be a main dish themselves. The most famous way of preparing Spätzle is to top it with a huge amount of cheese (mountain cheese for the taste and some Limburger for the consistency). Spätzle originally come from the area around Stuttgart and are part of most Swabian dishes.
A popular dish, sauerbraten, is a large roast made of pork, beef or veal, and is flavored in different ways, depending on the region. In the Rhine region it is flavored with raisins, while in Berlin it is cooked with savory spices. Famous German sausage include bauernwurst (farmer’s sausage), which is made with pork. Smoked blutwurst (blood sausage) is made up of minced pork mixed with blood and breadcrumbs. Bockwurst is created with veal, pork and milk, and bratwurst is roast sausage, commonly produced with pork, sometimes mixed with veal. Leberwurst is liver sausage, made from pig’s liver. Sauerkraut (sour cabbage) is a regular side addition to all of these, and the cabbage is shredded and pickled.
The world famous Currywurst is an institution in Berlin. Invented in Berlin by Herta Heuwer in 1949 the Currywurst is usually made of a pork sausage either wrapped in ‘Darm’ (better not to Google what Darm means as otherwise this might put you off a bit) or without Darm. Cut into thin slices the sausage now is covered in a mix of Ketchup and some curry powder. And ready is your first German Currywurst. Traditionally you will eat the Currywurst accompanied by some french fries or a plain white bread.
When it comes to famous German food, beer is at the top of the list. There are hundreds of local and regional breweries producing beers of all types and flavors of good quality. The world’s oldest brewery is in Bavaria, but other regions have proud beer-making traditions. Pils, the most popular type of beer in Germany, is produced in Berlin, Hamburg, the Ruhr, Hesse and Stuttgart. Altbier, a very early product of the brewer’s art, can be found today all over the country.
One could argue that Gulasch is not really a German invention, but nevertheless the Germans love their Gulasch and may have taken the original recipes and turned them into som variations of their own. Gulasch is made with thick pieces of beef meat that have been slow cooked in a rich sauce, sometimes made of red wine, which makes the meat very soft and tender. Gulasch can be eaten as a soup or with some side dishes like Spätzle.
Pretzels have been an integral part of German baking traditions for centuries upon centuries. The texture of the bread is soft and the taste is incredible. Soft Pretzels in Germany are very cheap and they are served in almost every restaurant. Many times, you will be served a soft pretzel as an appetizer withuot even asking for one. Dip them in mustard or any dressing of your choice, and you will be in heaven. Imagine the best soft pretzel you’ve ever had in the U.S. (or wherever) and multiply it times 10, and there you have a German pretzels.