Currywurst is what you must try to grab a bite of when you are in Germany, especially Berlin. I had my first authentic taste of Currywurst in Berlin all by myself. The weather, I remember, was cold, and the sausages turned cold within a minute. Nevertheless, the lingering curry taste was memorable and the spiced ketchup helped to warm up my lonely heart.
In actual fact, this German dish originating from Berlin is a typical snack that can be found at roadside carts or stores along the streets (Schnellimbiss), not just in Berlin, but almost all over the country. When we were both in Frankfurt, we tried out the Currywurst at a famous roadside stall known as the ‘Best Worscht in Town’. This is where you can select the level of heat and spiciness you would like to have in the ketchup sauce, from ‘Nix’ (not spicy) to ‘Mundorgasmus’ (mouth orgasm) to ‘FBI’ (hell level) – refer to ‘Best Worsht in Town‘ website for more information. We were both curious and skeptical about how hot these sausages could get, given our love for extremely spicy food stuff. Well, I must say, curiosity did kill the feminine cat this time, because after downing a plate of ‘C’ grade 110,000 SCU (Scoville Heat Units) hot curry sausages, I puked out my dinner and felt horrible in my stomach. The guy almost had to carry me back home that night.
From then on, I did not feel like having any more Currywurst in Germany. But now that I am missing the country in every aspect, Currywurst sounds like one great and easy way to satiate my cravings for all things German again. Heh heh.
- Oil: 4 tbsp
- Frankfurter bratwurst (sausage): 6 pieces
- Ketchup: 450g
- Sugar: 1 tbsp
- Ground blackpepper: 1 tsp
- Salt: 1/2 tsp
- Onion: 1/2, sliced
- Paprika powder: 1 tbsp
- Curry powder: 2 tbsp + extra to serve
- Heat oil in wok.
- Fry sausages till evenly browned. Remove from heat. Slice into 1/2-inch thick pieces and place on serving plates.
- Add ketchup, sugar, blackpepper, salt, onion, paprika and curry powder into a saucepan. Boil till well mixed. Remove onions.
- Spoon ketchup on top of sliced sausages. Sprinkle with additional curry powder to serve.
- Alternatively, grill the sausages in an oven till browned instead of frying them. This would give them the grill lines that everyone loves.