No one should drink on an empty stomach.
Oktoberfest may be famed for its beer, but the food here is definitely to die for too. It’s a delicious paradise for meat-lovers, and also has some amazing deserts to offer. Here are 10 lip-smacking traditional German dishes at the festival that you should not miss if you take your food seriously.
Brez’n, or soft pretzels in Germany are badass, and pretty much eaten with everything. At Oktoberfest, you’ll find Brez’n nearly every few metres. Together with a sausage, a variety of mustards and a huge mug of beer, it’s the perfect snack at this festival.
This might be the most popular sausage at Oktoberfest. A yummy mix of veal, pork and beef, it’s usually pan-fried to a golden-brown and served with a bread roll, vegetables or even a dip!
If you’re an avid eater of pigs, this is a Bavarian specialty you cannot miss. It’s a beautiful roasted ham hock (pork knuckle), usually served at Oktoberfest with potato dumplings and red cabbage, or sauerkraut and potatoes.
This is literally fish on a stick. The whole fish is first marinated with oil, spices and garlic, skewered and then grilled to crispy perfection. It’s eaten with bread rolls or pretzels.
5. Wiener Schnitzel
Do not let the name fool you. This yummy dish is a veal cutlet that’s been dipped in flour, eggs and bread crumbs and fried in butter. It’s served with potatoes or vegetables, and a sprinkling of lemon juice on top. And everyone knows fried meat and beer go together perfectly.
This is one of those hearty dishes you eat when you’re in need of some serious feeding after long days of drinking beer. Spätzle is a type of soft egg noodle or dumpling that is quite popular in Germany. When it’s prepared as Käsespätzle, that basically means there’s a lot of gooey cheese added to it, along with fried onions and chives. Mac ‘n’ Cheese a la Germany! (Image Courtesy: raeanddamon.files.wordpress.com)
Nothing may ever beat the classic roast pork. Usually, it’s a large boneless pork shoulder, glazed and roasted whole. At Oktoberfest, it’s usually served with sauerkraut or dumplings. There’s nothing like a slice of juicy pork to go with your beer.
You may have had apple strudel before, but at Oktoberfest, it’s taken to a whole new level of awesomeness. A strudel filled with chopped apples, cinnamon, raisins, and roasted bread crumbs, it’s rolled up and baked until it’s golden-brown.
These are cakes baked into sheets, and Bienenstich is a more traditional Bavarian version topped with a caramelised butter sugar almond mixture, and sometimes filled with vanilla cream. It’s the perfect way to end your meal. (Image Courtesy: http://www.askchefdennis.com/)
When life gives you cabbage, make sauerkraut. This German specialty may be a side dish, but its popularity knows no bounds. It’s actually pickled fermented cabbage that has an amazing flavour, and goes with pretty much everything. It’s also supposed to be super-healthy, so you don’t have to think twice about eating it at the festival!