Our Curry Wurst Favourite

29 Nov

Currying Favour-Berlin’s Favourite Fast Food

Having moved to Berlin from Belfast, I must admit that I have quite fallen in love with this magnificent city. The exciting hustle and bustle of big city life is as apparent here as it is in all major cities, but in Berlin it comes without the stress and aggravation that accompany it all too often in other European Capitals such as London or Paris.  Berlin also benefits from being decidedly more reasonably priced than nearly all the other major cities that I can think of, which, coupled with the efficient, not overcrowded, public transport network, makes Berlin a wonderfully easy and fun place to explore.

One thing that Berliners love to do is eat out. In every district the streets are full of eateries of all descriptions;  bakeries, ice cream parlours, cafes, restaurants, burger bars, noodle shacks, sushi bars, delicatessens, kebab houses, you name it Berlin’s got it! The extraordinary and great thing though is that no matter what the time of day or night, you can find somewhere to eat that will suit your tastes and your budget. Berlin is also fantastic for eating on the run, with most places offering food to take away and plenty of Imbisse dotted around serving fast food, and, it’s Berliners’ favourite fast food that I’m going to talk about now.

Without a shadow of a doubt, Currywurst is the staple fast food for Berliners;  Currywurst is to Berlin what deep fried pizza is to Edinburgh, a local delicacy, believe it or not. Currywurst is a simple idea, it consists of fried Bratwurst, usually diced, smothered in a spiced ketchup with a good shake of curry powder thrown on for good measure, and, it’s served with either a roll (Broetchen) or fries (Pommes). Sounds disgusting? Well I’m here to tell you, it ain’t! It’s actually rather tasty.

Although sausages (Wurst) are a very popular fast food nationwide, the Currywurst is very much a speciality of Berlin and the surrounding area. Legend has it that a women called Herta Heuwer invented the Currywurst in 1949 after mixing ketchup with Worcestershire sauce and curry powder that she’d obtained from allied soldiers. She poured the sauce over diced sausages and sold the new dish to passers-by, before long she had patented the sauce and opened her own restaurant, which she ran until 1974.

Nowadays Currywurst is available at many an Imbiss across Berlin and even the odd bar or restaurant. As with everything though, there is quite a variation in the standard of the dish you are served, depending, of course, on where you choose to eat it, so, I’m going to give you a piece of advice. For my money, the best Currywurst you can find in Berlin, certainly the best I’ve found, is at Konnopke’s Imbiss. Situated under the railway lines opposite the entrance to Eberswalder Strasse U-Bahn station in the Prenzlauer Berg district of Berlin, Konnopke is a traditional Imbiss specialising in serving up Berlin’s favourite fast food to the hungry hordes. First opened in 1930 by Max Konnopke and his wife Charlotte, Konnopke began serving Currywurst in 1960 and since then has become synonymous amongst Berliners with the cheap tasty snack. Always busy, don’t be

Konnopke Imbiss

*Between Kastanien Allee and Schoenhauser Allee, opposite Eberswalder U Bahn Station

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