As the holiday season has begun, there are lots of travellers making their way to the west. If Germany is on your itinerary, especially Munich, then you must try these five delicious dishes. Note: It might take a while to learn how to pronounce some of these.
The German dish Schweinshaxe is particularly popular in Bavaria. It is a roasted pig knuckle that will melt in your mouth with its gastronomical awesomeness. The attached skin on the outside of the Schweinshaxe becomes crackly and delicious while the meat becomes fall-off-the-bone tender. It comes with an enormous potato dumpling that must not be ignored. Savour the delicious pork juice that fills up your plate at the end.
The delicious, plump white veal and herb sausages are an archetypal Munich delicacy. A part of the unofficial “holy trinity” of the Bavarian capital, this dish is often enjoyed with beer and Gemütlichkeit. Loved by some and loathed by others, the sausages are to be plucked from the steaming tureen of hot water they are served in.
Pretzels originated in Europe, most likely in the monasteries of the Early Middle Ages, and have been an integral part of German baking traditions for centuries. Real Bavarian pretzels are hearty, doughy twists of bravado. They are meals unto themselves. Not served in delicate paper sleeves, they are handed over in giant wooden baskets along with a few steins of beer and a grunt. Tear into one with your bare teeth and experience this European wonder.
If you are visiting Munich for the first time, Schnitzel is something you must not miss! It is a slab of hammered meat that is dipped in batter and fried afterwards, making it crispy with a golden crust.
Spaetzle is the German alternative to noodles. Resembling tiny chewy dumplings, it is often served with cheese, topped with fried shallots or accompanied by bacon. Try a Spaetzle and holler at the top of your lungs, “Ich möchte Spätzle” (I want to eat Spaetzle).