Of all the delicious dishes in German cuisine, from Currywurst to pretzels, or from sauerbraten to Black Forest Gateau, the most popular is the Döner Kebab!
According to a survey by YouGov, the top 2 most popular dishes in Germany are Currywurst and Döner Kebab. Asked to choose between the two, 45 percent of adults picked the Döner Kebab, 37% the wurst, while 15% liked none of them.
Currywurst consists of steamed, then fried pork sausage served with curry-flavored ketchup and is believed to have been invented in Berlin in the late 1940s. It quickly gained popularity, being a delicious cheap street snack, it even got its own museum in Berlin, Deutsches Currywurst Museum. An estimated of 800 million currywursts are eaten every year in Germany, with 70 million in Berlin alone.
The Döner Kebab was invented in the 19th-century in the Ottoman Empire, but became widely popular in Germany and other parts of the world in the 1970s, when Turkish immigrants began opening kebab shops. Currently there are about 40,000 kebab shops and Turkish restaurants nationwide, Berlin hosts 4,000 of them, which is more than Istanbul.
In the survey, the Currywurst scored better among older Germans, especially men, with most respondents over the age of 55 preferring it. The Döner is significantly more popular among young people, 57% of respondents between 18 and 24 years preferring it, only 21% of them choose the wurst.
The Döner Kebab is also women’s favorite, 47% of the women choose the wrap, while only 30% of them preferred currywurst.