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Hello, and welcome to the Culture File: Germany series at GermanPod101.com. In this series, we’re exploring essential information about Germany, German culture and German people. I’m Eric, and you're listening to Season 1, Lesson 14 - German Currywurst.
Let’s say you had a long day at work, or maybe you were out celebrating with friends in the evening and on the way home you all of the sudden became overcome by hunger. What is there to do? In Germany, many people go to a fast-food place or grab a doner kebab, or Döner Kebab. But especially after a night of dancing, many young German people prefer a simple Currywurst, or “curry sausage” with french fries, or Pommes!
The curry sausage or Currywurst is a typical Berlin food. In 1949 a Berlin woman named Herta Heuwer invented a special sauce based on tomato puree or Tomatenmark, curry, chili, and other spices, which she called Chillup and sold along with a boiled sausage or Brühwurst. That was the birth of the Berliner curry sausage. Her sausage with curry sauce was so popular that a plaque was installed at the location of her former fast-food place in Kantstraße 101.
Normally the curry sausage is served with a slice of toast or a roll, but we recommend that you try it with French fries or Pommes. If you want something hot and greasy, then you should go all the way! But it's a well-known fact that there's no accounting for taste, because there are different regional variations of the Curry sausage, or Currywurst. For example, you can add roasted onions, or Röstzwiebeln to the sauce, or you can change the type of curry.
But no matter how you like your Curry sausage or Currywurst, it’s clear that this is one of the most well-known German dishes. You can even find it in German cafeterias. No wonder that every year around 800 million curry sausages are eaten in Germany. That's almost ten sausages per person!
So listeners, how did you like this lesson? Did you learn anything interesting?
What are your favorite foods to eat at night like Curry sausage or Currywurst in German?
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