A lot of you might now that besides traveling, I also like to eat. Restaurant, street food, home cooked meals I’ll try it all the more exotic the better. Growing up in Bavaria, the heart of food in Germany, I was allowed to experience many different food items and now I’d like to share them with you, in case you ever end up there.
If you’re a big chicken or turkey fan, I’m going to have to disappoint you. These two types of meat are not very popular, although you might encounter them every once in a while. Our main protein is pork in every kind of way; sausage, roasted, grilled – you name it! And since we found that many ways to cook pork, it never gets boring. Our main vegetables are potatoes and cabbage, although you will usually find a free house salad to go with your meal.
These are the 5 food items anyone should try if they ever stop by Bavaria:
1) Bratwurst and Sauerkraut
Americans are usually semi-familiar with Bratwurst, although in Germany they are usually significantly smaller than the American counterpart. Bavarians usually like to eat their sausages with Sauerkraut or on bun, accompanied by medium-spicy or spicy yellow mustard. If you want to taste the best Bratwursts, try getting the Nuremberger Bratwursts.
2) “Schweinshaxe mit Knödel” – Roasted ham hock with dumplings
Roasted ham hock with crispy skin, potato dumplings and dark sauce is another Bavarian delicacy. It’s usually enjoyed in winter due to its heaviness, but you can get it year-round. The dark sauce usually contains beer and on occasion caraway seeds.
3) Weißwürste and Brezen
American’s are familiar with pretzels. However, the Bavarian Breze is a little bit different. It’s crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, covered with salt. Bavarians like to pair it with Weißwurst, which literally translates to white sausage. Try it with some sweet mustard for breakfast. Yeah, you heard me right. It’s often eaten for breakfast.
Bavarians love to sit outside in the beer garden with their friends to enjoy a cold brew. And what goes better with some beer than some heavy cheese on dark bread? Obatzda is a cheese delicacy made of soft cheese and butter. The orange color comes from the added paprika powder.
5) Weizen, Helles, Pils and more! – Beer, of course!
All these food items are only half as good, unless they’re accompanied by a beer. Bavaria is heaven for beer lovers. Of course I know that it’s not really a “food item”, but I had to include it in this list. After all, that’s the big draw of coming to Bavaria! Bavaria has approximately 1300 breweries which produce about 5000 brands of beer. That’s going to take a while to try them all.
Of course these aren’t all of the many dishes that are good in Bavaria, but rather a glimpse of my favorites and must-tries. Let me know in the comments or on facebook which ones you’d put on this list.
So all that’s left to say is: Cheers!