Eating in Germany
What do you eat in Germany? Typical German food!
In addition to bread for breakfast and dinner, people in Germany traditionally eat meat, vegetables and potatoes as warm meals. The meat can be a schnitzel or roast, for example. It comes mainly from pork.
In the past, potatoes were mainly available as boiled and jacket potatoes. Fried potatoes, mashed potatoes or dumplings are also typical side dishes today, as well as French fries, of course. Rice and spaetzle, i.e. noodles, are also popular.
According to allpubliclibraries, classic German vegetables are cauliflower, beans, cucumbers, carrots and peas. Today you can often find tomatoes or broccoli on the plate. Asparagus tastes good in early summer, Brussels sprouts and kale in winter.
Abroad, the typical German food is bratwurst with sauerkraut and fried potatoes. However, German food has changed a lot in the last 50 years. People who moved to Germany from abroad also brought their dishes with them. Pizza and pasta are just as natural for us as kebab, gyros or sushi.
But German food is also diverse in terms of types of bread, cheese, sausage and dairy products. Not to forget sweet things like cakes, pies and other pastries. The main seasoning is salt and onions, with herbs such as parsley and chives.
Morning, noon, evening
For breakfast there is classic bread, toast or rolls. There is butter and jam, honey or chocolate cream, but also cheese or sausage. However, many Germans also eat cornflakes or muesli for breakfast. There is also a hot drink such as coffee, tea, milk or cocoa. A breakfast egg tastes good, especially on weekends.
Traditionally, the main meal is taken at lunchtime and eaten warm. In the evening there is supper, which is actually bread. There is also sausage and cheese. However, many families now also eat warm in the evening. At noon the adults are at work and the children often don’t come home until the afternoon.
What do German emigrants miss most? The black bread! You can’t buy that in other countries. In Germany, a large number of types of bread are baked. In addition to black bread, there is mainly brown bread. But white bread is also available. The lye pastry comes from southern Germany, but is now also offered everywhere in the north.
Roast pork and meatballs
Even if hearty meat dishes are no longer as trendy as they were 50 years ago, Germans still like to eat meat and sausage. Most of it comes from pork (60 percent). Poultry is 20 percent eaten, beef 15 percent. Typical dishes are roast pork, meatballs made from minced meat, schnitzel, chops, roulades, goulash and sausages such as bratwurst, bockwurst and currywurst.
Salmon and trout
Fish is not eaten as much as meat, but it still likes to be on the plate. Traditionally, fish was always eaten on Fridays. Some families still maintain this tradition. Alaskan pollock, pikeperch, carp and trout are popular. Salmon, herring and tuna also often end up on the plate.
However, there are also many regional specialties within Germany. In the north-west, for example, people like to eat Labskaus, in Baden a Schäufele tastes good, in Swabia the Flädlesuppe. The egg pancake comes from Dresden, the Franzbrötchen from Hamburg and the “halve rooster” tastes good in the Rhineland. You can find out what that is on page 2!
Much has since spread to the region of origin, such as the Black Forest cake, which is eaten all over Germany (although its origin is not entirely clear).
Fast food, organic or vegan?
On the one hand, knowledge about freshly preparing food is often lost. People prefer to order a pizza or get a hamburger and fries from the nearest burger chain. This is not very healthy and it makes a lot of people too fat.
On the other hand, there are more and more people, especially young people, who want to eat fresh and healthy ingredients. They shop in health food stores or are vegetarian or vegan. Vegetarians don’t eat meat. Those who live vegan do without all animal products and therefore do not eat eggs or dairy products.
What else is there to eat in Germany?
Pizza, pasta and co
With the Italians who once came to Germany to work, the first Italian ice cream parlors and restaurants soon opened. The first ice cream parlor is said to have existed as early as 1799. It was opened in the Alsterpavillon in Hamburg, but by a French. The ice cream parlors and restaurants with Italian food and drinks are still very popular today.
In addition to ice cream, you can also get cappuccino or latte macchiato in the ice cream parlor. In addition to pizza margherita or pizza tonno, Germans also like pasta dishes, for example spaghetti bolognese. In Italy, however, the minced meat sauce is more likely to be eaten with tagliatelle than spaghetti. They are perhaps even more popular here than in Italy.
The variety is also great if you want to look into the saucepans of other countries. There are Greek and Chinese restaurants in every city, often you can also eat Japanese, Spanish or Vietnamese and maybe even Caribbean or Australian.
What do Germans particularly enjoy doing in their free time? Grilling! 97 percent of Germans say that they like to grill. 90 percent have their own grill. The most popular is still the charcoal grill in front of the electric grill. The grill is usually thrown in the garden, but sometimes also on the beach, on the balcony or in the park. We grill on birthdays and holidays, on weekends and during the holidays – and preferably with friends.
And as before, most meat is grilled: Bratwurst and steak are most often found on the grill. But the proportion of vegetables and meat substitutes is increasing. Bread and salad are often served with this, and for most Germans mustard and barbecue sauces are part of a successful barbecue evening.