Germany has a great reputation all around the world for its delicious sausages. But while many variations of the traditional Bratwurst have spread elsewhere, this favorite has not received as much attention yet. Currywurst consists of a traditional German sausage – with or without casing – topped with a spicy tomato-based sauce and curry powder. Snack stands or restaurants commonly serve it 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 who invented the curry sausage or where it happened. Thus, there is often a battle between Berlin, Hamburg and the Ruhr area around this topic. However, most sources award the invention of the Currywurst to Hertha Heuwer. The Berliner allegedly served the first ever Currywurst on September 4, 1949 in the German capital. Hertha even registered the distinct sauce that she served at her snack stand, on the corner of Kant Straße and Kaiser-Friedrich-Straße, at the German patent office. Since then, the Currywurst has become a signature fast food dish for Berlin. It also continued its triumphal procession across the country and is now extremely popular all over Germany.
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. And if you want to taste the original in the city where it was most probably invented, check out the Best Places to Eat Currywurst In Berlin!
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So, if your mouth is watering you can either take a trip to Germany or you simply give it a try yourself with the simple and authentic recipe below:
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Find more food and drinks from Germany here. And for other things you shouldn’t miss in the German capital apart form Currywurst, check out Traditional Foods And Drinks You Must Try In Berlin!