Even before our recent trip to Germany, I had eaten my share of German style sausages or wursts. I’d tasted Bockwurst, Knackwurst, Bratwurst, Mettwurst , liverwurst and frankfurters ( of course). I enjoyed them all except for the liverwurst ( ugh). There are dozens of others that I haven’t tried including the oddly named extrawurst which is reputed to be very much like American bologna. Another was currywurst and I was eager to find what it tasted like.
I got my chance on a trip to Luneberg, at a hole-in the-wall, little more than a kiosk, called Jimmys. What a disappointment ! I’d assumed that currywurst was a curry flavored sausage. Not true. What was served to us was a sliced bratwurst ( steamed fried pork sausage) doused in a curry ketchup and served with French fries and a bread roll. Currywurst is an improvement on bratwurst which is rather bland , but that’s about it.
Talking to my German friends, I learned that this is an exceedingly popular street-food, with upwards of 800 million currywursts being consumed each year. There is even a Currywurst museum in Berlin and by tradition, every candidate for the post of Mayor of Berlin is photographed at a currywurst stand. I can understand some of the appeal of currywurst because it adds a little zip to the blandness of bratwurst while, at the same time,its spiciness is tempered by the ketchup component. However, it’s not something I’d go out of my way for.