Ich bin ein Berliner! Nein? Hm.
Welcome back to Street Eats, the series where we discover tasty street foods from around the world. Today, we venture to Berlin, home to the Reichtstag, the Brandenburger Tor, the East Side Gallery – what remains of the Berlin Wall – and Checkpoint Charlie, the former border that once divided Eastern from Western Germany.
A city abundant in history, culture, and an unrivaled night life, Berlin is a “must-see” for any open-minded traveler. Jam packed with museums, markets, parks and a pretty nice zoo, this city is worth the stopover, and while the food in Berlin isn’t globally renowned, there is one specialty that has left quite the impression on backpackers, tourists, and locals alike… which is my vote goes to…
#1 Street snack in Berlin: Currywurst
What is it?
Currywurst is a dish that dates back to 1949 when Herta Heuwer started selling boiled sausages, which were then fried and garnished with a sauce of tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, curry powder and a few other choice ingredients. Today, the snack is popular in the downtown core of Berlin, Hamburg and the Ruhr and is usually accompanied by a side of pommes frites or bread rolls. Variations in the type of sausage used, the ingredients of the sauce, and the inclusion of paprika or onions are common from region to region. Served up on a paper plate with a two-pronged fork, it’s the perfect bite sized snack to keep you going throughout the day.
Where can you find it?
You can find Currywurst within 100 yards of any train station and on just about every corner that constitutes a tourist hot-spot throughout the city. Trust me, you don’t Currywurst, it finds you.