A Lithuanian in Hamburg was looking for the best hamburger in the world, but he was disappointed: these are completely different sandwiches

At the beginning of the essay, I would like to immediately apologize to the dear language lovers who are protecting our state language. I know and use the word “mėsainis” that you invented and perfectly adapted to the Lithuanian language. But in this text only Hamburg and words for authenticity and beauty hamburger I use this English name for the famous sandwich and several others related to it: burger (snack light) and cheeseburger (cheese – burns). I hope you don’t get angry, dear language lovers.

A crispy and soft bun sprinkled with sesame seeds, a nice layer of buttery sauce, a crisp and juicy salad, a slice of tomato, onion, pickle and of course, a fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth patty made with the best beef. – that’s it hamburger I imagined him in his hometown, in the city where it all began. However, like millions of visitors who for some reason imagine that hamburgers are really great in Hamburg, I was very wrong.

Of course, no need to over-dramatize: after a good search, I found delicious, simple ones too. hamburgers. In Hamburg – there are many local restaurants that offer them, of course there are also the global chains McDonald’s and Burgen King, but if you are looking for a real restaurant hamburger you have to forget the original beef patty and round bun. You may be surprised, but the truth is that the perfect, world-famous sandwich has its roots in fish shops. You can find hundreds of small places selling Fischbrötchen sandwiches all over the city.

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The noble herring has been popular since ancient times in the seaside towns of northern Germany. The Germans were crazy about it and made everything from this fish. Herring paste, baked herring, herring soup, fried herring, stewed herring. And the simplest, most accessible, unimaginative and inexpensive dish was the herring sandwich. Here’s a simple, basic sandwich. When you cut a slice of bread, you put herring on it and eat it. In each house, people prepared it according to their own recipes. On top of the herring they put onion or onion leaves or some kind of cucumber as a third layer. Then these sandwiches became the main and cheapest street food.

Let’s try to imagine how it looked in ancient times. Gentlemen, the workers go to the port to unload incoming ships, but they need to be strengthened, they will not have the strength – they do not work well with ships. The working gentlemen line up and everyone gets a herring sandwich. Not even one, two, three.

Or working ladies, seamstresses and weavers rush to a large clothing factory. How many new sweaters and pants will they make if they are hungry and weak? Before a long shift, workers line up at the kiosk and all buy herring sandwiches. So the workers ate those sandwiches every day. It was not very convenient, the hands would get dirty, the little thing would fall on the floor, on the shoes.

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<p>For a slice of bread and herring, it’s perfectly normal to start with something and get bored – it’s not fun.  The stall started to worry that the trade might stop because the people were bored.  Therefore, smart entrepreneurs started experiments to make sandwiches with herring more convenient to eat and more interesting in taste.</p>
<p>That’s when one of the cooks came up with the idea of ​​baking buns, cutting them and putting them inside a sieve.  Add all kinds of matching accessories to her so she doesn’t feel alone there.  It worked!  Someone called this sandwich “Fischbrötchen” and a new era began in Hamburg.  The legendary herring sandwich has many variations, the most delicious combinations.  But mainly “Fischbrotchen” consists of herring, white fresh or dried onions, pickled or pickled cornice, <em>in recycling</em> (remoulade – mayonnaise with herbs and capers) or tartar sauce, the next layer is tomato, radish or shrimp cocktail sauce.  Many other vegetables are also added, but this is already a luxury, not every stall offers them.</p>
<p>Historically, Fischbrotchen sandwiches traveled across the Atlantic to the United States with German immigrants.  Emigrants from Hamburg couldn’t live without their favorite food, so they started making it at the local market.  And immediately attracted the attention of many people.  Not everyone liked herring.</p>
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<p>In the local market, Fischbrötchen have been refined and improved so much that they have completely changed their appearance and taste.  It is not known who, when and how decided to put beef cutlet instead of herring, you can read about ten different stories on the Internet.  One of them says that it was a German who came up with the idea of ​​combining two dishes popular in Hamburg.  In the Fischbrötchen sandwich, they put Hamburgo instead of fish <em>steak</em> (steak – burning).  Then, to make it cheaper instead <em>steak</em> started using meatballs.</p>
<p>In any case, the people of Hamburg are sure that it is the most famous sandwich in the world <em>hamburger</em> appeared only because of their ancestors.  by the way <em>hamburgers</em> Americans call not only sandwiches, but also the people of Hamburg.  The Germans say that this is not a coincidence, but another proof.</p>
<p>In order to attract as many tourists as possible to their restaurants, Hamburg entrepreneurs invite tourists to taste “Fischbrötchen”.  “This <em>hamburgers</em> ancestor, the most authentic, the recipe hasn’t changed for a hundred years,” Berta, a seller of herring sandwiches, flirts with customers.  Best of all, he recommends ordering the young sandwich <em>my friend</em> silkworm It has a mild taste and a weak smell.  Even if you’re not the biggest fan of herring, Berta says you’ll still love it.  At the stalls near the port of Hamburg, the €3.50 sandwich is topped with a lettuce leaf and a few onion rings.</p>
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<p>Hamburg stalls offer a large menu of Fischbrötchen sandwiches to please picky eaters.  You can find different options, not only with different herrings – smoked, fried or interestingly marinated, but also with salmon, tuna, shrimps, sprats, cod in batter, etc.  The most expensive is a sandwich with lobster meat, its price is 6.50 euros.</p>
<p>By the way, the same sandwiches are also sold in Dutch cities.  And if you’re in Holland, it’s their traditional dish, and the Germans copied it.  The Germans, of course, say the opposite.  Some Belgian cities watch everything from the sidelines and think that such sandwiches originate from them.</p>
<p>But let’s go back to the famous city of Hamburg <em>hamburgers</em>.  The market for these sandwiches is huge here, restaurants and cafes compete every year to cook the biggest and tastiest.  All kinds of competitions are held so that everyone can get at least one rating, and then they can brag in public and thus attract as many diners as possible.  So, if you see a sign somewhere selling “fuller”, “stronger”, “higher calorie”. <em>burger</em>know that this is only a trick of the sellers.</p>
<p>Here’s a list of some of the city’s biggest and favorite beef sandwiches, or vegan, every year. <em>burger</em> version.  Save the names of these bars: Dulf’s Burger, Burgerlich, The Bird, Bucks Burgers.</p>
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<p>One is very popular, well appreciated all over Germany <em>hamburgers</em> the chain is Otto’s Burgers.  Small foodies say that the tastiest can be found in these cafes <em>not more</em> hamburger.  Every month they offer something special, they make their own interesting sauces, they make caramelized onions very well.</p>
<p>I would like to remind you that I ate the most delicious hamburger in the world, not in Hamburg, but in Berlin.  Look for a Burgermeister in the Kreuzberg district of the German capital.  It’s a humble-looking stall under the subway tracks at Schlesisches Tor station.  I wrote about it in “DELFI Trips”, read it HERE.</p>
<p>Hamburg is a city of herring sandwiches, not hamburgers.  But not everyone knows it.  Be sure to try them when you go there and you’ll find yourself wanting to do the same at home later.  It is important to choose only a good sieve.</p>
<p>We remind you that there will be a direct flight from Vilnius to Hamburg at the end of March.  Airbaltic can offer up to three flights per week.  And for now, you can fly there daily from Vilnius or Palanga airports for a short period of time in Riga.  Enjoy your travels.</p>
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