Germany has a lot of culinary weirdness to offer. Not only are some of our regional specialties very peculiar in nature, they often also come with names which are rather silly. Can you decipher the titles and find out what these dishes are made of? Caution: Some of these are not for the faint of heart.

1. Germans love minced pork meat so much that they eat it raw, on a piece of bread. Do you know how it’s called?

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2. If you’re bored by regular cheese, try “Milbenkäse”, …

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3. Fortunately, “Kalter Hund” (cold dog) contains no meat products. It simply stands for …

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4. “Arme Ritter” (poor knights) refers to …

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5. Fanta was invented in Germany, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that “Fantakuchen” is a thing. But what is it?

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6. Why is this pickled herring called “Rollmops”?




 

 

7. Do you know what “Himmel und Erde” (heaven and earth) refers to?

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8. These donut-like pastries are quite popular in Southern Germany and are called “Nonnenfürzle”. But do you know what that actually means?

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9. Which type of “Spargel” (asparagus) is typically German?

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10. Everyone knows “Bratwurst” and “Currywurst”. But do you know what “Teewurst” is?

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11. “Saumagen”, a specialty from the Pfalz region, basically is nothing else than …

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12. It’s well known that Germans love “Bier” (beer) but do you know what “Bierkäse” is?

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