I have to admit, whilst like this guy I too find some German food a bit strange, what strikes me the most is it remains true to its roots.
Food back home seems to have been unceremoniously raped and pillaged by celebrity chefs who tell us our traditional Sunday roast should be cooked in “EVOO” (took me ages to realize what that was), accompanied by a side of quinoa and garnished with flat leaf parsley. And for Christ’s sake, why the hell did that Heston bloke have to insist Little Chef dribble balsamic vinegar around the edges of a morning fry up?!
In contrast, German food – as weird as some of it may seem to us auslanders – does remain pretty unadulterated and is as Großmutti would have cooked years ago and without a drop of truffle oil in sight.
When you think of German food, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Lots of meat? Sausage? Bread? Sauerkraut? (Endless fields of pig bodies to satisfy Germany’s disturbing and straight up demonic appetite for all things swine?) Before moving to Germany, I thought of these things too, because I had no idea just how weird and diverse German food really is — or that I would someday learn to love the nightmarish display of grotesqueries at the grocery store.
What follows is a list of the 10 weirdest foods I have learned to love as an American expat living in Germany:
Also known as Blood Tongue, this little childhood trauma is made from pig’s blood, tongue, fat and sometimes oatmeal or breadcrumbs. (They probably throw a live piglet in there too, just to keep things cute.) The first time I tried Zungenwurst, I hacked it back…
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