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German Cuisine

Blumen Cheese With Sonnenblumenbrot
Dessert at an Austrian Chinese Restaurant
.Apple Cheese Cake. Cherry Cake. Linzer Torte.
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For the past three hours or so, I have been trying to come up with a post and pictures. I did type in a post but it was frustratingly long and even then, I still had more to type. Ironically, I'm not that talkative or so I think.

I have now resorted to only talking about the foods I ate in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. But first, let me launch some sad case complaints about my food situation during my trip. Why? Because the thing I hate the most is eating Chinese food when on holiday aboard. To me, it is a similar concept to 'if you want to sleep, stay at home and don't go aboard'.

Okay, maybe it is good in some ways to taste Asian food in another country and compare it to the ones at home. It becomes obsessively excessive when every meal must be with rice. Whatever happened to the saying 'Do as the Romans do in Rome?'. I made a point to buy non-Asian takeaway whenever rice was being cooked at my Dad's house.

I once asked a German what I should eat when in Germany. He told me "Just what everyone thinks Germans eat, sausages and mash". There was no such thing as true German cuisine, I suppose. He thought hard and told me that I should try sourprag i.e. sour cabbage and klossa i.e. large dumplings found close to the Czech Rep. border.

Whatever German food is, I personally liked it a lot. Bread, various types of wursts, potatoes cooked in every imaginable way, dumplings and the lack of vegetables. Logically, I don't quite agree with the lack of veges but overall it was good stuff. Pasta was another popular item on German menus. I could live there forever. The food there is much saltier than food in London but I'm alright with it. London food can taste so bland!

Dairy products were also abundant, my favourite! Food was pretty cheap in Germany. Portions are even larger than that in London but so were the people. However, food sold in Austrian supermarkets were pricey.

Germany (and Austria) seemed like 7th heaven for a sweet tooth and pastry loving person like me. Backeries there were totally original and unlike the commericial ones in London (e.g. Gregg's and Percy Ingle). The pastries were fabulous! Cakes had some sort of fruit camouflaging the (surprise!) cheese on it, some cakes looked like masterpieces that don't deserve to be sold at 1 Euro per slice and doughnuts rivaled that of Krispy Kreme. For a dessert food junkie, this was the ultimate euphoria. Good food at gentle prices.

The endless variety of schokolades made me want to cry for not living in GERMANY! I was especially intrigued with the Kinder family by Ferrero and bought as many of the range as I could. Some needed to remain in the fridge and I could not bring those back to London. The had Cocoa Happy Hippos, Chocolate rhinos filled with fresh cream, chocolate sponge cake with fresh cream etc.

Another thing I went hunting for was Magnum ice creams. In Germany and Austria, I saw Intense, Double Caramel, Nut & Caramel, Yogurt, Light, Almond and Light. I may have failed to mention a few others. I did take a picture of the ice cream cabinet but somehow, the picture is not on my hard disk. There was also Coconut at Prague. I tried Yogurt and it is similar to Magnum Sense's Strawberry but with a yogurty rather than creamy tasty. Nut & Caramel can be likened to a Snickers bar. Sweet and crunchy but lacking the sticky texture.

Let me make you envious by saying I had the pleasure of eating a Linzer Torte from Linz, Austria. The recipe for this torte is the oldest cake recipe in the world. I do not care if anyone thinks i was ripped off for paying 2.60 Euro for a slice because it was only I who had a taste. I'm not that self-centred. I let my father, uncle and aunty have a taste. Rest was MINE!

The pastry of the Linzer Torte was hard but crunchy allowing you to pick it up and not have it crumble in your hands. I like things crunchy. Dry but with enough buttery taste. Best of all it was not sickeningly sweet. The true star was the home-made jam. Sometimes it tasted sweet, sometimes sour but never reaching both exteremes. Prefectly balanced. The almond topping made the experience go full circle by giving it a nutty taste. Oh, my mouth waters just recounting the experience. If only I could buy 365 slices to last me a year.

Before I forget, I have to mention a restaurant in Germany. It is situated close to the Austrian border. I don't exactly know where it is because we made a rest stop there for dinner. The place was called Chiemsee/Ubersee and there was a sea/lake there. The sun was setting, the scenery totally photogenic but my camera's battery was low and I had no more memory space. They served fresh trout from the sea/lake at the restaurant. House special, the waiter told us. It was absolutely deli! I cleaned the giant dish by myself. Luckily my Dad's friend had mistakenly order an extra plate because I was going to share with my father. I don't have a picture of it but it was grilled fish marinated with thyme and salt. A garden of courgettes, carrots, potatoes and funnily, only one floret of broccoli in each plate. I'd go there again. If you're interested, ask me because I've got the name card of that place.


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