Munich. Cuisine in Its Abundance

By: Tatyana Kogut.

Germany is a huge patch-work quilt which consists of federal lands. Each has its own administration, anthem, flag, national costume, dialect and of course its own culinary traditions. It is thanks to German conservatism only that national cuisine (partly with medieval traditions) is still popular with people.
There is a beer river in Germany, with a city standing on its sausage banks. This is how a fairytale about Munich could start. But the story I want to tell you is a true one. So let's make a short tour around the kingdom of sausages and polonies. That is what modern Bavaria is.
Munich is the third largest city in the south-eastern land of Bavaria. However a Bavarian is like a helix in its shell - he lives in his own microcosm. The rules in this world say that the main event is the neighbour's wedding and such megapolis as Munich is a real capital of the world. Like any other big city, Munich has its own unique life. The city is extremely hospitable and emigrants coming here bring their national culture with them. That is why there are so many Japanese, Chinese and Spanish food restaurants in Munich along with African, Indian, Indonesian and even Persian ones.

However, you can still find places Bavarians themselves go to where traditional Bavarian dishes are served.
Germans do like eating. Two main components of Bavarian cuisine are: sauerkraut (sour cabbage) and all kinds of sausages. By the way, there are different varieties of sausages found in each region. For instance, Nuernberg is famous for its "delicate" sausages whereas rich Munich will offer you Weisswurst - strikingly delicate and aromatic white thick sausages. They are prepared of veal and pork and are served with sweet mustard, that is why the dish has an unusual sweetish taste. And if you want to feel like a real Bavarian, you simply have to order Brezel - a knot-shaped biscuit sprinkled with salt. But its better to make your order before midday - Bavarians think that this food is good for breakfast.
What about dinner? If you liked your breakfast, try Bratwurst - thick long fried sausages, Schweinswuerstl - pork sausages, or one of other 1,5 thousand types of this dish. But these are not all the variants. Depending on cook's imagination, meat can turn into schnitzel (fillet) or Agreed - roasted pork. So don't forget to take your stomach pills with you. As said above, Bavarians are very hospitable people, that is why if they invite you to a restaurant, be prepared for the worst. Whenever a Bavarian wants to impress his guests, he orders Schweinehaxe - pork shanks. For each. And your stomach will have to resign itself to it. And if you are still alive, you will be served with Dampfnudel - dumpling cake soaked in caramel sauce, or Datschi - a fruit pie.
I guess after I have told you all this you will think that Germans don't care about their health. That's not true. On Saturdays Bavarians go to supermarkets to pack their carts with fruit and vegetables. Having done this, they usually go to... a restaurant where they order pastes like Obatzte (prepared of cheese), Leberkaese (liver), or Kartoffelknodel - a huge potato dumpling.
But of course you should realize that plentiful as your dinner might be, it is only a snack that supplements famous Munich beer. Love for beer here is boundless and sometimes even seems to be reckless. Who else could think of a beer soup (Munchner Biersuppe)? I won't advise you what sort of beer to try - there are so may of them here. But that's another story.

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