Viennese Street Food
What to eat when out in the street
This is the third installment of our series on Viennese cuisine.
You can find the other parts here:
- Part 1: Meat Dishes
- Part 2: Sweet Dishes
- Part 4: Beverages (non-alcoholic)
- Part 5: Gluten Free
- Part 6: Cakes & Strudels
Today we cover food that can be consumed on the go. So let’s jump right into the action:
A beloved classic – for both children and adults. And a ridiculously long word. So let’s take tackle it piece by piece. Extrawurst is a pork sausage speciality that will be served in a roll (Semmel). You get extra points for ordering the popular add-on: Gurkerl (sliced pickles).
Where would you order this? You can order it at the, another long word, Feinkosttheke (counter at the supermarket for ham, sausages and cheese) or at the butcher of your choice.
A more upscale version would be a roll with Beinschinken (bone-in-ham) and Kren (Horseradish).
This speciality (literally “liver cheese”) is made of corned beef, pork, bacon and onions that were finely grinded and then baked until it has a crunchy brown crust. Usually served warm, this comes in delicious variations: classic, spicy, pizza or, a fan favorite, with cheese.
This can be ordered at both supermarket and Würstelstand (sausage stand). Some popular outlets are:
A vegetarian option at last, this spread is made of curd and peppers. My personal favorite is getting it in a Salzstangerl (a long bread roll with salt on it). Available at supermarkets like Billa and Spar, but not at the sausage stand. It’s also quite popular at the Heurigen. We’d probably get back to that Viennese classic in a later post 😉
Representative for the various other sausages you could order at a sausage stand we’d like you to meet the Käsekrainer. A cheese infused grilled sausage. Traditionally it is served with bread (Brot) and mustard (Senf – either sweet or hot, the latter being the more popular one) on the side. Some Ketchup is fine as well. If you want to treat yourself you can add horseradish (Kren) and/or chili peppers (Pfefferoni, which aren’t as spicy hot as regular chilis).
What else can be ordered at the sausage stand? Let’s do some name dropping:
- Frankfurter (which are wieners, but we call them Frankfurter because we are in Vienna)
- Debreziner (a spicy version of the Frankfurter)
- Waldviertler (which I personally don’t like)
There is more, but one can only eat that much 😀