4.3 Erste Schritte in Deutschland
What do the Germans eat?
In addition to bread and cold cuts for breakfast and dinner, Germans traditionally eat meat, vegetables and potatoes at lunchtime as a warm meal. The meat can be a “Schnitzel” or roast meat, for example. Germans especially like to eat pork.
Potatoes used to be mainly boiled and roasted. Fried potatoes, mashed potatoes or “Knödel” (potato-dumplings” are also typical side dishes, as are, of course, French fries. Rice and “Spätzle”, i.e. noodles made from eggs, are also eaten with pleasure.
Classic German vegetables are cauliflower, beans, cucumbers, carrots and peas. Today, you often find tomatoes or broccoli on your plate. In early summer, Germans are crazy about asparagus: “Bald ist wieder Spargelzeit!“ (Soon it’s asparagus-time again!) is the anticipated motto in every German household in early summer. In winter, people like to eat Brussels sprouts, kale, red cabbage and white cabbage. The Germans even like vegetables to be hearty!
Abroad, the typical German meal is “Bratwurst” with “Sauerkraut” and fried potatoes. However, the German food has changed a lot in the last 50 years. People who moved to Germany from abroad also brought their own dishes. Pizza and noodles are just as natural for us today as kebabs, gyros, or sushi. You will also find many Asian restaurants, although you shouldn’t be surprised, because this has nothing to do with original Asian cuisine. The Asian cuisine was adapted to the European clientele.
But the German food is also diverse in varieties of bread, cheese, sausages and dairy products. Not to forget sweets like cakes, tarts and other pastries. Seasoning in food is mainly salt, pepper and onions, with herbs like parsley and chives.