46 Best Foods & Drinks in Germany

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1. Currywurst

Currywurst

Currywurst is a German fast food dish consisting of pork sausage, topped with curry powder, or a ketchup seasoned with curry and other spices, often served with French fries. The sausage is steamed, then fried cut into slices.

2. Bratwurst

Bratwurst

Bratwurst is a type of German sausages made from beef, veal, or most commonly pork. Recipes vary by region, it has been said that there are more than 40 varieties of Bratwrust. The sausages are served differently in different regions. Most commonly, it is grilled, served with or in a white wheat flour bread roll, sweet ketchup and mustard.

3. KnockwurstKnockwurst

Knockwurst refers to a short, plump sausage originating from northern Germany. Recipes vary by regions, there are numerous varieties of this sausage in Germany. Ingredients for this sausage are ground veal, ground pork, and fresh garlic stuffed into hog casings. The sausages are aged for 2-5 days, then smoked over oak wood. Knockwurst goes well with rye bread and mustard.

4. WeisswurstWeisswurst

Weisswurst a pale, white short sausage made from minced veal and pork back bacon, flavored with parsley, lemon, mace, onions, ginger, and cardamom, stuffed into pork casings. Traditionally, Weisswurst is contained in a large bowl with the cooking water, served with sweet mustard and a soft pretzel

5. LiverwurstLiverwurst

Liverwurst or Liver sausage is made from livers (pigs’ or calves’ livers), meat (notably veal), fat, and spices such as marjoram, allspice, thyme, ground mustard seed, ground black pepper. Recipes vary by region. It is customarily served sliced with mustard or pickled cucumber.

6. ButterkäseButterkäse

Butterkäse or Butter cheese is a semi-soft cheese made from cow milk. The cheese has a creamy texture and buttery, mildly salty, acidic flavor. Butterkäse is in light color, ranging from white to light yellow-orange.

7. RouladenRouladen

Rouladen is a German meat dish, usually consisting of bacon, onions, mustard and pickles wrapped in thinly sliced beef which is then cooked, topped with a thick gravy, often containing red wine. The filling varies from region to region. Instead of beef, they can use veal to wrap. Rouladen are usually served with potato dumplings or mashed potatoes and pickled red cabbage, or spätzle (soft egg noodles).

8. Geschmorte KalbshaxeGeschmorte Kalbshaxe

Geschmorte Kalbshaxe or Braised veal shank is a braised dish containing veal shank covered with salt, pepper, rolled in flour, and simmered with cabbage, onions, carrot, celery, thyme, basil, parsley, butter (or lard, bacon fat), dry white wine.

9. KalbsgulaschKalbsgulasch

Kalbsgulasch or Veal goulash is a stew which has Hungarian origin. It is made from boneless veal, butter or margarine, onions, tomatoes, all-purpose flour, seasoned with dry white wine (or beef bouillon), caraway seeds, paprika. This stew is often served with buttered rice or noodles.

10. SauerbratenSauerbraten

Sauerbraten, literally means sour roast meat, is regarded as the national dish of German, it is one of the most well-known German dishes. The dish is made from meats (most often beef, sometimes lamb, mutton, venison, pork), marinated in a mixture of vinegar (or wine), water, herbs, spices, and seasonings for several days (3-10 days), then cooked. Sauerbraten is usually served with Spätzle (egg flour noodles), Rotkohl (red cabbage) or Kartoffelklöße (potato dumplings).

11. Leberkäse Leberkäse

Leberkäse, literally meaning “liver cheese,” is a pink meatloaf made of corned beef, sometimes pork and onions. It is made by grinding the meat, then baking it as a loaf until its crust turns brown. Leberkäse is often served hot on a bread roll and mustard.

12. KartoffelsalatKartoffelsalat

Kartoffelsalat is a salad containing thinly sliced boiled potatoes mixed with either mayonnaise (in North German) or various ingredients (in South German) including hot broth, oil, vinegar, chives (or parsley), sometimes bacon.

13. KartoffelpufferKartoffelpuffer

Kartoffelpufferis a savory, crispy, golden fried pancake made with starchy potatoes, flour, and eggs. Applesauce is the perfect foil for this cake.

14. KaiserschmarrnKaiserschmarrn

Kaiserschmarrn or Emperor’s Mess is a light, caramelized fried shredded pancakes, made from a batter of flour, eggs, sugar, milkd, butter, salt, torn and dusted with sugar, topped with fruits, raisins, and/or cinnamon.

15. Spätzle Spätzle

Spätzle kind of soft egg noodle made with principally eggs, flour, and salt. Spätzle typically accompany meat dishes with an abundant of sauce or gravy. The noodles are also served in soup. The texture of Spätzle is squishy, grainy, sticky, and spongy.

16. Spaghetti Eis Spaghetti Eis

Spaghetti Eis is spaghetti-shaped vanilla ice cream, usually topped with strawberry sauce and fresh strawberries. This strange dessert deserves to eat.

17. KartoffelkloesseKartoffelkloesse

Kartoffelkloesse or German potato dumplings, Potato balls is filled with nuggets of parsley. The dumplings made by mixing mashed potatoes, flour, milk, eggs, and salt into a smooth dough, molding dough balls around croutons, boiling the balls for about 10 minutes. Kartoffelkloesse are usually served with sausage or a meatloaf dish. Or they go really well with Sauerbraten and red cabbage.

18. MaultaschenMaultaschen

Maultaschen or Mouth pockets/bags is essentially a pasta dough dumpling, traditionally filled with meat, eggs, onions, spinach, parsley, and spices. Maultaschen are usually square or rectangular in shape. They can also be served in a soup.

19. WienerschnitzelWienerschnitzel

Wienerschnitzel is pan-fried breaded meat (usually thinly pounded pork or veal cutlet). It is usually served with salad or potatoes and cabbage. Wienerschnitzel is very popular in Germany although it has the origin in Austria.

20. Speckpfannkuchen

Speckpfannkuchen is a bacon crepe which has a pizza size, heavy and fluffy simultaneously. To make this food, pan-fry the batter made from flour, milk, eggs, and salt with fried strips of bacon.

21. ApfelkuchenApfelkuchen

Apfelkuchen is a moist apple cake with a butter crust and cinnamon lemon juice soaked apples. To make this cake, mix flour, butter, eggs, baking soda, cinnamon, apple slices, sugar, then top the mixture with apple slices, lemon juice, cinnamon, and raisins, finally grill for about 30 minutes.

22. PretzelPretzel

Pretzel is a twisted knot shaped baked bread product made from dough. Traditionally, pretzel has a distinctive nonsymmetrical shape, with the ends of a long strip of dough intertwined and then twisted back into itself. Seasonings include salt, washing soda, lye treatment, and others such as cheeses, sugars, chocolate, glazes, seeds, or nuts. There are two main types of pretzels: soft and hard-baked. Soft pretzels should be eaten after preparation while the hard-baked have a long shelf life.

23. Döner KebabDöner Kebab

Döner Kebab is a type of kebab, made of meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie. The outer layer is sliced vertically into thin shavings as it cooks. The sliced meat of a doner kebab may be served on a plate with various accompaniments. Döner Kebab, vegetables, and sauces are also stuffed into a pita or a bread as a sandwich, or wrapped in a thin flatbread such as lavash or yufka.

24. Strammer MaxStrammer Max

Strammer Max refers to sandwich dishes in Germany. There are various varieties of Strammer Max including the original is a slice of bread, fried in butter, topped with fried egg and ham.

25. StollenStollen

Stollen is a fruit bread containing nuts, dried or candied fruit, covered with powdered sugar or icing sugar. Stollen is traditional bread eaten during Christmas season in Germany.

26. SauerkrautSauerkraut

Sauerkraut is finely cut cabbage that has been fermented by various lactic acid bacteria. It has a uniquely sour taste. This fermented cabbage dish can be stored for a long time. Many health benefits have been claimed for Sauerkraut. It is served warm or cold as a side dish. Stereotypically, it is served with mashed potatoes and meat dish.

27. Rotkohl Rotkohl

Rotkohl consists of red cabbage, sometimes onions, and apples fermented. Other ingredients include vinegar (apple cider vinegar), sugar, black pepper, lemon juice). Rotkohl is one of the most favorite and popular side dishes.

28. Meat and cheese breakfastMeat and cheese breakfast

German people eat whole grain bread, hams, and cheeses including liverwurst, salami for their breakfast. Do not miss trying a German-style breakfast when you are in Germany.

29. SpargelsuppeSpargelsuppe

Spargelsuppe is a creamy white asparagus soup made with white asparagus, butter, onions, eggs, broth (chicken or vegetable). Seasonings include dry white wine, salt, pepper. White asparagus is considered as treasure vegetable perhaps because it is grown underground, has the unusual color. It is more tender and has a milder flavor. The soup can be served with slices of Gruyere, Gouda or cheddar cheese and warmed French or sourdough bread.

30. Cheddar Beer Soup Cheddar Beer Soup

Ingredients for Cheddar Beer Soup are beer, cheddar cheese, carrots, onions, garlic, flour, milk, salt. The soup is a perfect complement to rogenbrot rye bread and beer.

31. LebkuchenLebkuchen

Lebkuchen is a traditional German baked Christmas treat. Lebkuchen come in a variety of shapes and range in taste from spicy to sweet. Ingredients for Lebkuchen include flour (all-purpose, almond), honey, baking soda, butter, milk, sugar, salt, spices such as aniseed, coriander, cloves, ginger, cardamom, and allspice, nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts, or candied fruit.

32. MohnstrudelMohnstrudel

Mohnstrudel or Poppy seed strudel is a soft, enriched yeast dough swirled with a moist poppy seed filling. The roll has a distinctive taste and can make people addicted.

33. Schwarzwälderkirschtorte or Black Forest Gateau Schwarzwälderkirschtorte or Black Forest Gateau

Schwarzwälderkirschtorte or Black Forest Gateau is a chocolate sponge cake consisting of several layers of chocolate sponge cake, sandwiched with whipped cream and cherry, topped with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, maraschino cherries.

34. Pfeffernüssefeffernüsse

Pfeffernüsse are tiny spice cookies, popular as a holiday treat in Germany. The cookies are made from molasses, honey, nutmeg, ginger, and other spices.

35. Rote GrützeRote Grütze

Rote Grütze, meaning “red groats”, is a sweet fruit dish made from potato starch, red summer berries such as strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, redcurrant, blackcurrant, bilberries, and stoned black cherries, sugar, groats or grits. Rote Grütze can be served hot or cold as a dessert with vanilla sauce, milk, a mixture of milk and vanilla sugar, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream,  or custard.

36. Ritter SportRitter Sport

Ritter Sport is one of the most famous chocolate brands in Germany as well as the world. There are tens of varieties for your choice: Volmich – plain milk chocolate, Schoko-Duo – plain milk chocolate and white chocolate, Dunkle Volmilch – plain medium dark chocolate, 40% cacao. They have shops and museum in Berlin and Waldenbuch which are open to visitors.

37. Pick Up BarsPick Up Bars

Pick Up Bars are velvety chocolate sandwiched between two cookies. Although this scrumptious item can be found in Europe, Pick Up Bars are food worth trying and gifts worth buying in Germany.

38. KinderKinder

Kinder was developed and produced at Ferrero Germany (Frankfurt) in 1967 for the German market. Today, Kinder chocolates have been popular in many countries around the world. Coming to Germany, taste and buy some delicious Kinder to bring home.

39. Hefeweizen BeerHefeweizen Beer

Hefeweizen Beer is the original wheat beer, it is one of the most famous beers in German. It is a crisp, light with a high alcohol content. The beer is cloudy, ranges from a pale brown to a golden tan.

40. Berliner Pilsner BeerBerliner Pilsner Beer

Berliner Pilsner Beer was created in 1902 and has become one of the most popular and favorite beer in Germany and many countries because it is light, tasty, and not very expensive.

41. Berliner Kindl PilsnerBerliner Kindl Pilsner

Berliner Kindl Pilsner is a brand of beer produced in Berlin, Germany, created in 1902. It has been said to have malty base and hoppy crispy taste.

42. UnderbergUnderberg

Underberg is a digestif bitter produced at Rheinbergin Germany by Underberg AG, made from aromatic herbs from 43 countries, and are based on a secret recipe. The drink is in dark malty color and 44% alcohol by volume.

43. ApfelschorleApfelschorle

Apfelschorle is a soft drink consisting of carbonated mineral water and apple juice. This drink is very popular in summer in Germany.

44. Berliner Kindl WeisseBerliner Kindl Weisse

Berliner Kindl Weisse is a mix of raspberry syrup and light beer, usually served cold in a bowl-shaped glass.

45. Radler or ShandyRadler or Shandy

Radler or Shandy is a low-alcohol drink containing beer mixed with a clear carbonated lemon-lime drink. The proportions of the two ingredients are adjusted to taste, commonly are 50:50. The history of the drink relates to the popularity of cycling and the need for a refreshing, less-alcoholic beverage on the journey.

46. Kallstadt Portugieser WineKallstadt Portugieser Wine

Kallstadt Portugieser Wine is a deep red wine which is less dry and sweeter than merlot – a very popular red grape. It is amazingly dense and will not burn your throat as it goes down.

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