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The Local · 19 Dec 2011, 07:40

Published: 19 Dec 2011 07:40 GMT+01:00

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Whether vegetarian or a dedicated meat-eater, there’s something to suit all tastes on a German menu. Carnivores can tuck into a huge schnitzel, topped with anything from fried eggs to creamy mushroom sauce. Alternatively, if you find yourself in the north, tuck into a plate of Labskaus, corned beef mixed with beetroot and potato.

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Non-meat lovers shouldn’t feel disheartened though, as regional specialities such as Handkäs mit Musik, which is cheese marinated and served with onions and caraway, also have the stamp of German authenticity.

So if you’re feeling peckish, click on the link above to check out The Local’s list of quintessentially German foods and see what takes your fancy.

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10:52 December 19, 2011 by domoresti
I remember in my early days in Berlin, having had a row with a German and a Russian about how crap British cuisine was. I'll relay here what I said then. British cusine was crap, but the British realised this 20 years ago and started to do something about it. Germans wouldn't change their crap cuisine for the world.
14:49 December 19, 2011 by SchwabHallRocks
@domoresti - You exagerate. I think only about 75% of German cuisine is crapola.
15:49 December 19, 2011 by Lisa Rusbridge
Nice slideshow images, but not a piece of fruit to be found. Why does everything (with the exception of the quark) looked liked you'd need a nap after ingesting it?
20:36 December 19, 2011 by willowsdad
@domoresti: what exactly constitutes "crap" in your worldview?
01:51 December 20, 2011 by Tanskalainen
My mother was German so I grew up on this stuff so it doesn't seem strange to me but I could see where it would turn someone off who isn't used to it. I believe Cuba has the worse food in the world. Cubans can ruin perfectly good rice and beans.
12:33 December 20, 2011 by MrBowlocks
My brother used to describe German food as 'grim' and wouldn't stay more than a week, claiming hunger. He lives in London, and said that most food there is awful, but you have the opportunity for quality; an option the Germans do not offer! I agree. Germans should not cook, produce red wine or even attempt popular music. They are just no good at it!
14:43 December 20, 2011 by Baryonyx
German food iss some of the finest.

British foods can also be great.

Especially old recipes (some older than 20 years).

I've personally had awful food in both.

Stereotypes seem to be easy to spread beyond any level of reality.

It clearly comes down to whats eaten and where and individual tastes as well as preconceptions and a broad enough knowledge regarding the region or nation.

On a national level it's very difficult to declare a great deal of things good or bad as a "national" trait.
17:29 December 20, 2011 by Rüger
Ive had most all of this food,,, To me it is all comfort food!!! Hard to find a good place to get good home cooked German food here in the U.S.... I think I've found only 2 restraunts here in Western NY that are worth going to.....
20:03 December 20, 2011 by Illogicbuster
I've eaten at some of the best restaurants in the world (latest being El Bulli in Spain). The food pictured here looks VERY good. What exactly is the problem with it?
08:45 December 21, 2011 by heyheyhey
I think that much of the German food is actually very good. I grew up eating it. My mother was a superb cook. Today, I rarely have a meal of German type food, but I do miss it. Especially in the winter!

My grandfather used to make fantastic German meals, homemade everything. If you don't like German food, you have not had good German cooks in your life.

Today, I live on yogurt, kefir, super healthy salads, nuts, fruits......oh so healthy, but not tasty like the foods I once ate.
10:27 December 22, 2011 by JAMessersmith
European cultures that were surrounded by forests (i.e. red meat, venison, and pork) generally didn't use much spice in their cooking, because they didn't need to. Meat was plentiful, so they either roasted or grilled it and ate it as it was. That's pretty much the gist of Northern European cuisine; simple, yet rich.

Southern European countries, on the other hand, were more reliant on carbs (i.e. rice and wheat), so they tended to spice up their dishes a bit more, because they had to (or otherwise they'd be eating noodles dry without any flavor at all). It tends to be more healthy, and creative, but I personally prefer the Northern style, having grown up with it. I'll take a beer and a brat any day, over a glass of wine and bowl of pasta.

It's strange though that both styles are so heavily dependent on non-native vegetables (i.e. potatoes in the North, and tomatoes in the South, both of which came from the New World).
15:54 December 24, 2011 by Herr Ober
I lived in Northern Thailand for a few years and ate at many restaurants run buy authentic Europeans, and several were German. I found the food to be delicious. Meaty, savory, sticks-to-your-ribs as we say. Hearty and delicious. Wash it down with a robust German beer, or one of the wines Germans excel at making, such as a dry Riesling or a spicy Gewurztraminer, and there's nothing better.
02:24 December 31, 2011 by Ricardoh
If you do not like German food you haven't been around anyone who knows how to cook it.. It is not easy to cook properly. My Grandmother and Mother were experts.
17:49 December 31, 2011 by limeswart
@ Ricardoh

You are right. German food can be soo delicious, but needs a lot of attention, experiance and love to be done right. I hope I do not upset anyone here by saying that german cuisine is by far more refined than english cooking in general. There must be a reason, that you find german restaurants all over the world, but allmost no british ones.
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