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    Deborah Etim

    Often overlooked before the decision to travel abroad is made, food is an important part of our everyday life. You may not be accustomed to eating meals outside your local dishes, so, your taste buds will revolt when you try something new and different. If you have just moved to Germany, and you are wondering what meals to try apart from the regular pastries, this post is for you. In this post, I will share some top German delicacies, and what they are made of. This will serve as a guide to making choices when you want to eat because you have prior knowledge of the ingredients, enough to know what is suitable for you.

    • Königsberger klopse: ‘Known as German Meatballs in White Sauce’ in English, this meal is one of the delicacies in Germany. It is made of meatballs which ingredients constitute beef, veal or pork, onions, eggs, bread crumbs, and spices. These ingredients are mixed with minced meat to make meatballs. The sauce is made of broth, capper, egg yolk/flour (serves as a thickener), and roux. The meatballs are simmered in the sauce and can be eaten with potatoes, beetroot, or rice.
    • Sauerbraten: Also known as Roast beef stew, this meal is a traditional German delicacy made from marinated beef (or any kind of meat) in wine/vinegar, water, spices, and seasoning. It is usually marinated for days, up to a week. It is often referred to as the ‘National dish of Germany’. The marinated meat is then roasted and served with gravy sauce. You can easily find this in any restaurant in Germany. You should try it out if you love meat. You do not have to eat it alone because it is served with potato pancake, potato dumplings, or good old pasta.
    • Schnitzel: A schnitzel is a thin beef slice. Using a meat mallet, the flesh is normally thinned out. Meats are frequently breaded before being fried. It is customarily garnished with a wedge of lemon and either potato salad or potatoes with parsley and butter. This is a common meal the cuts across different regions other than Germany. You may have even come across it in your home country. It is simply bread-fried meat (or chicken in some regions). However, in the German version, it is thin meat. I would highly recommend if you normally eat meat.
    • Maultasche: It is made out of an exterior layer of pasta dough that engulfs a filling made up of minced meat, smoked meat, spinach, bread crumbs, and onions that are seasoned with herbs and spices like pepper, parsley, and nutmeg. You can say it is pasta made in special German style. Pasta is not alien to anybody from any region, so this is a good meal to try as a foreigner in German. Except you do not like pasta.
    • Rouladen: For this meal, bacon, onions, mustard, and pickles are wrapped in thinly sliced beef or veal before being cooked. The filling is made up of smoked and cooked pig belly, chopped onions, and chopped pickles (gherkins), and is occasionally supplemented with minced meat or sausage meat. The mixture varies by region. Rouladen is a German dish that is traditionally eaten during dinner. The gravy is frequently made with red wine.
    • Sausages/Bratwurst: There is no Germany without sausages. Sausage is an important German meal and it can be made in various ways. According to sources, there are close to 40 different kinds of sausage recipes in Germany. Since sausages are common around the world, finding one that suits your taste buds in Germany would not be a problem.

    There you have a few of the German top meals. You may be wondering why most of them are meat-based, this is because Germans love meat and this justifies their kind of meals. All you have to do is keep an open mind to trying new meals. You never can tell, your taste buds may love them.

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