Currywurst consists of a traditional German sausage (with or without casing) topped with a spicy tomato-based sauce and curry powder. It is most commonly served with French fries or bread roles. Besides the famous Döner, Currywurst is the most popular street food in Germany and can be found on every street corner.
Nevertheless, also fancy restaurants have taken on this dish and created more classy versions with many “exotic” ingredients – some even incorporating gold leaves.
It is not completely clear how or by whom the Currywurst was invented. There is often a battle between Berlin, Hamburg and the Ruhr area around this topic. Most sources, however, award the invention of the Currywurst to Hertha Heuwer who is said to have served the first ever Currywurst on September 4, 1949 in Berlin. The distinct sauce that she served at her snack stand at the corner of Kant Straße and Kaiser-Friedrich-Straße in Berlin-Charlottenburg was even registered at the German patent office. Since then, the Currywurst has become a signature fast food dish for Berlin and has continued its triumphal procession across the entire country.
Today, the German love for the Currywurst finds its greatest expression close to the famous Checkpoint Charlie in the center of Berlin. The Deutsches Currywurst Museum is an entire museum completely dedicated to this meaty deliciousness.
So, if your mouth is watering you can either take a trip to Germany where you find this street food almost at every turn or you simply give it a try yourself with the recipe below!
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