Germany’s Best Street Food
Germany’s street food culture has changed a lot over the last 20 years. While in the past you could only find traditional German food, there are now a lot of multicultural influences and food from across the globe – mainly from Turkey, the Middle East and Asia. Regardless, the traditional German Street Food is still as popular as ever.
The best way to explore authentic cuisine of any country is by tasting it’s street food.
One can observe two types to relish the German food: Imbiss and Schnellimbiss.
A Schnellimbiss is a relatively small hut or portable food truck. They can be found anywhere in the streets, in a permanent structure within a train station, an airport, or a shopping mall.
An Imbiss is a casual dining concept, typically without a waitstaff, in a building with indoor or indoor/outdoor seating.
While Schnellimbiss usually offer only small snacks, Imbiss will have a wider menu with servings often large enough to satisfy a big appetite.
Some Popular German Street Foods!
Bratwurst summarizes a large category of sausages, including variations made from pork, beef, veal, poultry or combinations of two or more. The most common version is made from pork meat.
Textures vary from coarse to super fine. Some sausages are smoked.
The size, shape, and taste of the sausage can vary greatly by region. Most of the time the sausage is eaten with mustard.
A tasty pork bratwurst, served whole or sliced. One of the most popular street foods of all times is topped with a spicy curry sauce or curry ketchup and an extra dusting of curry powder.
French Fries are a common side dish.
Fleischkäse/Leberkäse im Brötchen
Fleischkäse or in some regions it is called Leberkäse, is a meat loaf. It consists of corned beef, pork, bacon and onions and is made by grinding the ingredients very finely and then baking it as a loaf in a bread pan.
The street food version is served in a crispy bun, topped with ketchup or mustard.
Fischbrötchen is a crispy roll with fish and other components like fresh white or dried onions, pickles, remoulade, creamy horseradish sauce, ketchup, or cocktail sauce. The fish added is often Bismarck, salmon, eel, mackerel, crab or pickled herring. The snack is commonly eaten in Northern Germany.
Döner kebab may be an international food, but it was in fact introduced by a Turkish living in Germany. The kebab itself is made of a special type of bread that is filled with thin slices of meat, that is normally beef or chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and different kind of sauces.
Belegte Brötchen describe a wide range of different kind of crispy rolls with cold cuts or cheese put between the two halves of the bread. Often lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, butter or mayonnaise are added to complete this German style sandwich.
Belegte Brötchen are usually sold in bakeries.