Budget Travel
Germany Menu DecoderBy Kerrin Rousset of MyKugelhopf.ch
General Terms
essen to eat
trinken to drink
Biergarten/Bierhaus beer garden/restaurant
offen/geschlossen or Ruhetag open/closed
Frühstück breakfast
Mittagessen lunch
Abendessen dinner
Kellner/Kellnerin waiter/waitress
Tisch table
Speisekarte/Weinkarte menu/wine list
Getränk drink
Vorspeise appetizer
Hauptgericht main course
Nachtisch dessert
hiesige/deutsche Spezialitäten local/German specialties
hausgemacht homemade
Rechnung check
Bedienung inbegriffen service included
süß/salzig/scharf/sauer sweet/salty/spicy/sour
roh raw
geröstet/gebacken roasted/baked
geschmort/gekocht braised/boiled, cooked
gebraten/gedämpft panfried, roasted/steamed
blutig/mittel rare/medium rare
kalt/warm/heiß cold/warm/hot
frisch fresh
Gabel fork
Messer knife
Löffel spoon
Serviette napkin
Teller plate
Schale bowl
Tasse cup
Glas glass
Flasche bottle
Krug jug
Salz/Pfeffer salt/pepper
guten Appetit! enjoy your meal!
prost! zumWohl! cheers! to your health!
Staples
Fleisch meat
Rind beef
Lamm lamb
Kalb/Schweine veal/pork
Wildfleisch game
Wildschwein wild boar
Wurst sausage
Bratwurst/Weißwurst grilled pork sausage/veal sausage with bacon
Blutwurst blood sausage
Schinken ham
Aufschnitt cold cuts
Hackbraten meatloaf
Geflügel/Hühnchen poultry/chicken
Ente/Gans duck/goose
Brot bread
Schwarzbrot whole-grain rye bread
Brötchen/Semmeln rolls
Brezel pretzel
Butter/Honig/Marmelade butter/honey/jam
Käse cheese
Quark smooth, creamy fresh cheese, similar to yogurt
Eier eggs
Gemüse vegetables
Kartoffel potato
Spargel asparagus
Kohl cabbage
Spinat spinach
Zwiebel onion
Mohrrübe carrot
Erbsen peas
Pilz mushroom
Bohnen beans
Lauch leeks
Frucht/Obst fruit
Kirsche cherry
Apfel apple
Zitrone lemon
Erdbeere strawberry
Himbeere raspberry
Aprikose apricot
Tomate tomato
Fisch fish
Hering herring
Forelle trout
Karpfen carp
Lachs salmon
Senf mustard
Öl/Essig oil/vinegar
Gewürz spice
Meerrettich horseradish
Spätzle small, pressed egg noodles
Nudeln noodles
Knödel/Semmelknödel dumplings/bread dumplings
Linsen lentils
Suppe soup
Nüsse/Mandeln/Walnüsse nuts/almonds/walnuts
Kastanie/Maroni chestnut
Zucker sugar
Popular Dishes
Kartoffelsalat sliced potatoes with chopped gherkins, onions, and mayo or oil and vinegar
Wiener Schnitzel thin veal cutlet, breaded and panfried
Sauerbraten pot roast marinated in vinegar and spices
Rouladen vegetables rolled up in thick slices of beef, veal, or bacon
Jägerschnitzel breaded pork cutlet in mushroom sauce
Kasseler mit Sauerkraut cured pork served with sauerkraut
Eisbein cured ham or pork hock
Heringssalat/Bismarckhering salad of salt herring with potatoes, apples and pickles/marinated herring
Schweinebraten pork roast with gravy
Gulasch beef stew with onions and peppers
Erbsensuppe pea soup with onions and potato cubes in beef broth
Brathering mit Bratkartoffeln fried, marinated herring served with fried potatoes
Leberknödelsuppe Bavarian clear soup with liver dumplings
Kohlroulade/Krautwickel cabbage leaves stuffed with meatloaf
Bratfisch breaded and fried fish fillet, often served with fries
Obatzda mixture of cheeses, butter, onions and spices to spread on bread or soft pretzels
Käsespätzle homemade egg noodles mixed with grated Emmentaler cheese and fried onions
Königsberger Klopse/Soßklopse boiled meatballs in creamy white sauce with capers
Maultaschen large ravioli stuffed with meat, spinach, onions and herbs
Saures Lüngerl veal lung cooked with vinegar and spices
Steckerlfisch fish, grilled on a stick, often mackerel or herring
Leipziger Allerlei vegetable casserole served in white sauce
Böfflamot pot roast marinated in red wine
Drinks and Desserts
Wasser/Mineralwasser water/mineral water
Leitungswasser tap water
Saft juice
Apfelschorle apple juice and mineral water
Kaffee/Tee/Milch coffee/tea/milk
Tafelwein/Rotwein/Weiß wein table wine/red wine/white wine
Sekt/Schaumwein/Champagner sparkling wine/champagne
Bier (dunkles/helles) beer, ale (dark/light)
BerlinerWeiße sour wheat beer often mixed with raspberry syrup
Alsterwasser/Radlermaß light beer with lemon soda
Weißbier blond beer made from wheat
Weinbrand/Kirschwasser brandy/cherry brandy
Kuchen/Torte cake/tart
Apfelstrudel apple strudel with raisins and almonds
Schwarzwäldertorte chocolate cake with cherries and whipped cream
Linzer Torte almond tart with raspberry jam
Sachertorte chocolate cake with apricot jam
Gugelhupf round yeast cake with raisins and almonds
Lebkuchen gingerbread cake
Bienenstich sweet almond pastry
Käsesahnetorte light, sweet cheesecake
Krapfen doughnut
Berliner jelly-filled yeast doughnut
Eis ice cream
Kompott fruit compote
Kaiserschmarrn shredded pancakes with sugar and raisins
Schokolade chocolate