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A visit to the Grandparents - "This is where Mama came from?" - 172
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I was mulling quite a bit about the place's name. Kinda wanted to go with the alliteration, and I'm sure there's even places like this - most names with "W" are kinda dated...? Eh, could be the guy's father, maybe...

I was toying with the idea that Shinji would imagine Currywurst as a sausage filled with a curry dish, but - well, that's kinda tricky to convey. Unfortunately, this way now the joke may fall a little flat, given that, even with me trying to reverse the "coloring" there a bit, he's not really too far off (more on that below). And I wouldn't even be surprised if there is a dish like this.

That said...

Concerning Currywurst, part 1:
So, why Currywurst? Well, aside from me liking it, I wanted to go with a German "specialty". It's probably not the No.1 popular fast-food in Germany; without looking it up, I would assume Pizza, Döner, potentially even Burgers these days have it beat*. However, Pizza and Burger are obviously out for not only not originating here and being way too much of a global thing to get a spotlight on the Germany trip, and the Döner, while in this form has some origin here, has quite obvious roots in Turkey. And of course to mention the stereotypical Schnitzel (that IIRC even the English dub used to replace Shinji's iconic "Baumkuchen" (with funny accent even then ;P)?), while the deep-fried "Wiener" form and variants of that might also be popular fast-food - well, it's in the name, that's not German either (and I wanted to avoid to just use the same old stereotypes anyway :P). So Currywurst was the quite obvious choice.

(*Actually looked it up now, and it seems the statistics wildly differ, with it actually still coming out on top in some. Huh, all the better. :P)

Now, getting "a good one" might actually be tricky. Of course, as with pretty much all dishes, you'll get varying degrees of quality between restaurants (aka "Pommesbuden"), different ingredients for the sauce and sausage and so on. But beyond that, it can differ quite a lot between regions in Germany, with probably the biggest rivalry for the "best" being between the "Ruhrpott" area and Berlin.
The basis is the same everywhere: A fried/grilled sausage and a "spicy" (usually not hot-spicy, but "pikant", as we'd say - but a bit more on that next time) tomato sauce.

Regarding the sauces, I can't personally speak much about regional differences - I was about to say that it's pretty much the same everywhere, but looking it up again, apparently not? Some regions are indeed just use "ketchup with curry powder"...? Those poor souls...
Thing is, I was actually intending to go off a tangent to say that it's NOT just that and if it were in the place you're currently in, to take it as a first warning sign regarding the quality. Cause, believe me, I tried. It doesn't come close to a proper sauce. And don't even get me started on "Curry-(Gewürz-)Ketchup". Fortunately, since a few years ago, you can finally get some proper - not great but decent - convenience Currywurst-sauces in stores. No idea what took them so long though.

Now, sauces aside, the choice of sausage and with it your enjoyment of the treat might differ quite a bit, depending on your taste.
Personally speaking, as a child "ausm Pott", I'm obviously biased towards the version common here, a fine Bratwurst with skin, usually cut into slices to take a swim in the sauce.
I've once tried the Berliner style with a skinless Bratwurst (not in Berlin admittedly, was actually an accidental buy on my part) - and it was alright, I guess? But I certainly missed the texture the skin gives it.
My most sincere condolences though if you're in an area (particularly towards the north) where they use Bockwurst instead. That's a sin against nature.

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