Whilst the husband wanted to challenge his stomach to a whole pork knuckle, and with me lamenting that I had yet to sample any schnitzel, we agreed to share the mixed plate and a salad between us, knowing that German serves are more often hearty than not. We had to laugh at the “Chef’s Salad”, with strips of ham, cheese and wedges of hard-boiled egg hidden underneath, which is larger than the mixed platter of meat consisting of duck, pork belly, pork knuckle, sauerkraut, dumpling and vegetables. The meat was less salty than anticipated and the surprise standouts were the far-from-tart sauerkraut and the spongy potato dumpling with hidden croutons at its centre.
Being the only female in our party of 3, I happened to be the only one to order a lager. The boys opt for non-alcoholic beers which look very much like the real deal but taste more like apple cider. The lager itself is much more enjoyable in terms of flavour – this coming from someone who doesn’t normally drink beer – and is light and crisp. Just don’t chug down the last third and run for a train...
The husband did eventually get his pork knuckle fix from a hot food bar near his work. That huge thing below cost only €3.99 (approx AUD$5.30) while a neighbouring bakery has pretzels for €0.52 (approx AUD$0.70). As for those chickens... Well, they belong to a nearby property to our hotel which lets them out each day to roam on a wide median strip between the main road and a laneway!
All this German food (and pork) is starting to kill our tastebuds, especially when we’re normally spoilt with such variety in Sydney. We miss our seafood, which is pricey here, as well as a wide range of other cuisines. A casual dinner with the husband’s work friends was had the other night and, I tell you, Mexican – along with its promise of beef, haha – was welcome music to my ears! A recent public holiday saw us make our way into Munich centre to wander through the Englischer Garten and enjoy a cheeseburger and club sandwich along the way.
Our meals were only €7.50 (approx AUD$10) each, whilst 2 scoops of my beloved Häagen-Dazs (newest flavour of salted caramel!) in a waffle cone amounted to €4.90 (approx AUD$6.50). Along with local chocolate and bier, local dairy products are inexpensive – a two-scoop cone normally costs only half as much – and, interestingly, a tub of Ben & Jerry’s even is cheaper than in Australia! And yes, I’m determined to have some before returning home.
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