Berlin food preparations are rich with meat and vegetables flavored richly with seasonings. Pork, lamb, boars, chicken and fish are the prime meats used while potatoes and cucumbers are the predominant vegetables used in food. Popular recipes from the cuisine of Berlin include-Berliner Kartoffelsalat or Potato Salad Berlin Style, Berlin Potato Soup, Berliner Pfannkuchen or Berlin Donuts and Spritzkuchen.
Historical and Cultural Influences on Berlin Cuisine
Berlin food history includes the powerful influences of the kings and authority that ruled over the country. In the 18th century, the king of Prussia-Frederick set a norm for his subjects to consume only potatoes and cucumbers that were introduced to Europe from America as they were economical for common people.
Ingredients and Cooking Methods Used in the Cuisine of Berlin
Berlin food preparations most commonly make use of different types of fish, goose, pork, beans, peas and potatoes. Smoking, roasting, boiling and marinating are the cooking methods adopted by the Cuisine of Berlin.
Traditional Berlin Recipes
- Currywurst refers to a grilled pork sausage that is sliced and seasoned using tomato paste or ketchup mixed with curry as well as liberal quantities of curry powder. The dish is commonly sold as a fast food and generally served along with bread rolls or French fries.
- Eisbein mit Sauerkraut or pork knuckle on sauerkraut refers to a deeply marbled meat coated with a dense layer of crunchy fat also called "crackling". The meat which is tender and smelly by nature needs to be cooked well by being braised over a long period of time. Generally it is sold after being cured and then included in recipes and had alongside Berliner Weisse a beer pairing which is light and fruity.
- Berliner refers to doughnut prepared using sweet yeast dough that is deep fried in oil or fat, along with jam filling or marmalade usually consisting of a topping of made of powdered or regular sugar. The doughnut is called so most often in regions outside of Berlin while it is indigenously called Pfannkuchen. It is had along with Spritzkuchen or cream puffs as noon time snacks commonly and a common feature on the eve of New Year as well as carnival.
- Doner Kebab a national Berlin Food invented by Turkish immigrants who lived in the Kreuzberg area of Berlin in 1971.It is made by combining lamb, chicken strips or beef and many different vegetables and served in a Turkish pita with sauce.