Hello everyone! It has been a while since my last post. That’s because I have moved from South Korea to Germany with my little Korean, mini beagle dog. I’m not going to sugarcoat it……it has been a hell-ish and difficult journey immigrating here! Even though it has been difficult, there have been bits of happiness I’ve experienced during this journey so far. I’ll post more later but here are some food adventures to start. 😉
Pictured above is one of my favorite German comfort foods! Mainly the gravy: Rahmschwammerl. It’s the same sauce I enjoyed here last year in my mushroom soup. I love it! ❤ Next to the pork chop in sauce is another German tradition, Spätzle (egg noodles). It goes well with this sauce, cheese and whatever else you want to put on it.
Chocolate! A variety of chocolate. I overdosed at the chocolate museum in Köln 8 years ago when I first came to Germany. I can’t remember if I made a post about that! Anyway, I’ve learned to control myself when buying chocolate here. I’ve managed to reduce my quantity from 1 full bag to 3 bars. Progress! 😉
A Berliner. It’s funny that I’ve never tried one of these until a couple weeks ago. It’s another traditional German staple. I don’t enjoy jelly doughnuts so I thought this would be like the American ones. I was wrong. It has a filling inside but it cannot be compared to any jelly you find in an American doughnut. It is spiced jam. A lot like the jam in a Germknödel Krapfen. I enjoyed this.
Kartoffel Puffer (Potato pancakes/ latkes). I’m no stranger to potato pancakes. Many cultures have their own variations of it. What is new to me is eating a Potato pancake with apple sauce and cinnamon. I usually just put ketchup on mine (I know, I’m so American. I LOVE Ketchup!).
The sweet combination wasn’t that bad. However, I do prefer the savory options more. Putting Kräuter spread on them tastes much better to me.
Insect Burgers. I would expect to see something like this in Asia. Beondegi 번데기, anyone?
*번데기 are boiled/fried silk worm larvae*
In Germany, a country that is doing its best to be eco-friendly, I think “Wow. Is this the next big thing?” No, I did not buy these to try. Every Euro counts and I wasn’t about to be adventurous on my tight budget. Although, I would try it if someone else paid for it! Haha!
Brezel (pronounced Brate-sel).
Pretzels..soft, hard, sweet, savory, big, small…..EVERYWHERE! I never tried a big sweet pretzel before. It was pretty good!
Münchner Radler/Stuttgarter Radler. I’m not a beer drinker. The closest I’ve gotten to enjoying a beer was drinking TsingTao with Thai food. That was acceptable for my tastes. Still, as a drink by itself, it’s not that good to me. There’s something about beer that is hard for me to like. Maybe it’s the fermented yeast or barley. I don’t like any American beers. But as a foodie, I couldn’t allow myself to be in Germany and not try a German beer. I randomly chose this beer above from the beer area in the grocery store. My thought process went like this: “hmm, there’s lemon on the label. I like lemons. I’ll try this one.” Alcohol is cheap in Europe. Germany is no exception.
This bottle was about €1. I surprisingly enjoyed this beer! My German penpal has a favorite beer called Flensburger. That one was ok but it had too much carbonation for my tastes. It’s not the best for a person with stomach problems. For me, the Radler is better. It’s not overpowering, it has just enough balance. I like drinking it with a burger/wurst and sweet potato fries. 🙂
I now understand why some people say American beer isn’t good. There is definitely a taste difference. German beer tastes better in my opinion.