During my last trip to Europe I gained weight. I didn’t want to believe it at first. I have an Indonesian tongue; I like my food to be rich in flavor, with a big portion of rice and lots of spices. When I travel outside of South East Asia, I go with no culinary expectation. I eat just as means to an end. How could I gain weight?! Now, looking through my pictures I realized that I had been eating Berlin food non-stop. I don’t remember sitting somewhere for more than a half hour without food in my hand in Berlin. They were the delicious culprits!
Culprit No.1 – Currywurst
Currywurst is the most famous Germany mentioned in travel blogs. It would practically be a traveler sin not to try it, at least once. Using that very excuse I tried my first Currywurst even though the idea of eating a hot dog (I somehow thought it was a hot dog, it wasn’t) mixed with curry seemed far from appealing. I stood in front of Curry 36 stand for a while, studying at the long, confusing menu for a hot dog stand (again, it wasn’t a hot dog). Finally, I told the cook what I want, he asked me something back; didn’t understand, I asked Mita for help and three minutes later I put a piece of the
hotdog, I mean Currywurst, in my mouth. ZOMG it was super tasty! The steamed and then fried pork sausage was so juicy and flavorful, perfect for the chilly weather that night. Please, PLEASE try Currywurst from Curry 36 when you visit Berlin.
Culprit No. 2 – Mustafa Kebap
When it’s finally our time, I ordered one as well, because the Currywurst had been long gone. Was it worth the wait? OH YES! It was hands down the best kebab, I have ever eaten in my life. They put all the fresh ingredients, tender chicken and what I believed as secret sauce. Next time I visit Berlin, I am going to stay just around the corner from Mustafa Kebap. Speaking of the name, I wonder, why is it called Kebap instead of Kebab?
Culprit No. 3 – Salted Pretzel
It’s not like I have never eaten pretzel before, but once I tried the salted pretzel from the bread stand at the Alexanderplatz train station, my relationship with the pretzels has been upgraded from acquaintances to best friend. I had to get my fingers to those salty crunch weirdly shaped bread everyday and once we were back to the room, I munched on their miniature version ones. Germany pretzels single-handedly increased my weight by at least one kg.
Culprit No. 4 – Christmas Market
Look at the above picture. That’s it. I believe is no need for further explanation. How can I not?!! And this wasn’t all. Mita took us to her favorite hang out place, Barcomi’s. Another time we had delicious ramen in a secretive corner house. We had the best cake at The Barn and we also had Indonesian spicy fried rice on our last day there at the Mabuhay. All thanks to Mita. Wait, does this mean Mita is to blame for me gaining weight? Hmm.. Don’t worry Mita, I forgive you. Now, please courier that kebab to my address.
How about you, which country’s, other than your own, food you love the most?