German cuisine isn’t exactly associated with curry, but apparently it should be. Currywurst is a national dish throughout German, found at nearly every greasy spoon and street cart. A sausage, usually with fries, covered in curry sauce (actually ketchup and curry powder), currywurst has somewhat of a cult following….there ‘s even a movie and a song. First served in Berlin after World War II, currywurst has taken on such a status that grocery stores actually sell ready-made currywurst. There’s even a currywurst museum (no we did not go!).
Opting for a less academic approach to food, we decided a taste test would be sufficient for “research” purposes. Naturally we found a greasy spoon near the train station (always the best fast food on the go!) where we were greeted by a rather plump, jolly man behind the counter.
Although German sausage is famous, it was the sauce that really made currywurst special. I would never have thought to add curry powder to ketchup, but I will admit it wasn’t bad. I wouldn’t drink a bottle of it, but poured over sausage, it actually tasted pretty good. But whatever you do…don’t forget the heaping pile of french fries!