Where we have fish 'and chips in Germany - it's the Currywurst! Are you looking for a delicious, satisfying fast food combo that will please the majority allow me to introduce you to Currywurst – the uniquely German curried sausage with a very romantic past! Great with a craft beer and a must for any entertaining that involves fast food and fun.
A very tasty fresh wurst (sausage) best served smothered in curry ketchup, topped with a delicate sprinkling of curry powder on a tasty bed of sauerkraut – and not a bread bun in sight. The dish to be eaten with a Currywurst fork (chip shop wooden fork to you and me) – Nourishing, satiating and was a bit of a diplomatic breakthrough when invented in 1949 bringing together American, British, (some say Indian) and German forces stationed in Berlin after the second world war.
The original https://www.konnopke-imbiss.de/de is accredited to the indomitable Herta Heuwer who spotted American soldiers eating steak and ketchup whilst working on re-building Berlin, a city that had been so badly damaged during the second world war. Due to the damaged infrastructure, many supplies were limited. However, Helga used her charms and persuaded the Americans to share their ketchup. Likewise, British soldiers shared their curry powder ( hence the Indian connection) and so Herta retired to her kitchen and this delicious sausage was born.
Herta began to sell her curry flavoured sausages from a small stand in Berlin. So popular was the result that in its hey-day the stand served 10,000 Currywurst each week. It was particularly popular with construction workers who relished the Currywurst ’s nutritional value and satiating qualities – simple, tasty, warm and filling.
Below is a picture of the very first Currywurst kiosk - Berlin.
Today there is a museum to the Currywurst in Berlin –down the road from Checkpoint Charlie – and yes it is on our bucket list of places to visit! Have you been?