To market, to market … when in Munich

To market, to market … when in Munich

My meanderings through various cities inevitably lead me to the city market.

ViktualienMarkt
ViktualienMarkt

I find markets to be places where you can always find a plethora of local food that you mightn’t always get from a restaurant. I’m a believer that you can’t really experience a country until you eat it. A market is a great place to start.

The ViktualienMarkt in Munich is a gourmet foodies paradise. Stalls line the streets filled with rows upon rows of Bavarian specialities, as many kinds of wurst as you can poke a sausage at, cheese wheels that are the size of small children, bakeries stacked full of bread, pretzels also the size of small children and fruit and veg stands bursting with the season’s latest (white asparagus right now).

Munich markets are not really a place for a vego … though who really knows what’s in all those sausages anyway?

Pretzel Turd anyone?
Pretzel Turd anyone?

Speaking of sausages, you can have any kind of sausage you want. Dried black sausages, white sausages, spicy sausages and even pretzel “breze” sausages. I had to try a breze salami, if only because it looked like a pretzel shaped turd. It was ok. Honestly, just like salami, only turd shaped.

Have you ever heard of a rollmop?

I squealed with delight when I saw these at the fishmongers. If you haven’t tried one then you’re seriously missing out, though the taste and texture is somewhat of an … acquired taste.

The cross section of a rollmop
The cross section of a rollmop

A rollmop is a piece of pickled herring rolled (hence the name) around a gherkin or pickle. Usually they are pinned together with toothpicks and you eat them cold. If you’re a fan of pickles then I’d recommend you try them. Just hold your nose as the pickling and fish smell can be a little nosey.

Cold. Pickled. Fish and gherkin. mmm

The best kind of lunch
The best kind of lunch

I could have walked around forever eating all the goods in the Markt but a couple of bread rolls with Blood speck (bacon) and Paprika speck sausages in them, a rollmop and a litre of beer to wash it down makes for a great bargain lunch.

Plus a poo shaped salami.