Wandering For Wieners: The Top Dog Of Germany

We search out the best in honor of Oktoberfest

By Ava Agata Gorecki

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Berlin: a city of politics, underground culture and tech start-ups, where adventure looms and wieners are waiting to be gobbled up. As a sausage enthusiast myself, I couldn’t wait to arrive in the country of the brat, and get to stuffing my face.

Behind its tumbled wall, and remnants of a failed government’s past, lies a hidden secret. And that secret is the culinary masterpiece known as the currywurst.

 

What is currywurst?

It’s the perfect blend of ketchup, spices and curry powder, slathered onto a delicious German bratwurst and served with a side of fries. Traditionally, the carb of choice to pair with a sausage is the classic bun, so this creation is certainly shaking things up. Currywurst’s humble beginnings are rooted in Berlin, where #BossLady Herta Heuwer got hold of some ketchup and curry powder from British soldiers in 1949. (The British are coming and they’re packing some serious wiener accessories.) She operated from a small street stand which quickly turned into a restaurant when business started booming among the construction workers who were rebuilding the city and needed to get their hands on some quick street sausage. Currywurst has now become a fast food staple across Germany.

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During this Oktoberfest season, as you’re knocking back beers the size of my backside, keep your eyes peeled and nasal cavities flared for the hint of captivating curry. A wiener is best shared with good friends and a cold beer. Prost!

Contenders in the fight for Eastern European Top Dog included: The German bratwurst and Polish and Czech kielbasas.

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