Did you know that Germany is the most populous European country (apart from Russia), with a population of 82 million? German people are the second biggest consumers of beer in the world, with an average of 107 litres per person per year (2010), or 0.30 litre per day. German food is rich and delicious, with each region having its own specialties and traditional cuisine. To experience the life of a German, you have to live like a German by immersing yourself in the culture, language, make friends with the local, and of course, try their foods and drinks! To begin, here is my top 5 MUST try German foods and drinks:

5. Brezel

Brezel is made from flour water and yeast, and sprinkled with salt (or sometimes with different seeds). It is great to eat as a side dish or snack - or with a beer. Brezel can be found in every bakery, sold plain, sliced and buttered (butterbrezel) or with slices of cheese or cold meats.

4. Glühwein

It is the result of mixture using red wine, cinnamon stick, sugar, oranges and cloves. Glühwein is usually consumed either at traditional Christmas markets or after the winter activities on the mountains. Glühwein is usually served warm.

3. German Beer

Beers made in Germany must abide to German Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot), which states the ingredients that only can be used to produce beers: water, hops, and barley malt.

The best time and place to enjoy German beers would be during Oktoberfest in Munich. In 2015, there were about 5.9 million guests from Munich and all over the world visited the world's largest annual fair (Oktoberfest.de). This year, the Oktoberfest will be celebrating its 183rd annual fair from 17.09 until 03.10.

2. Currywurst

Currywurst is one of Germany's favourite fast food, apart from Döner Kebab. A bratwurst or boiled wurst is cut into 1 inch slices, topped with sauce made from ketchup (or tomato paste), curry powder, and paprika. It is typically served with french fries (Pommes) or a roll (Brötchen).

1. Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte

Cakes and tarts will temp you in Germany, most commonly made with fresh fruits. The most famous of them all: the flavourful schwarzwälder kirschtorte (black forest cherry cake). Alternating layers of rich chocolate cake, cherries, and whipped cream are topped with more cream, maraschino cherries and chocolate shavings.

 

Enjoy the German food, culture, and lifestyle experience!
 

Published by Stephanie Yiap