Rachel Lacava is a sophomore at Ohio University majoring in Audio Post Production for Moving Image and minoring in German. She is currently studying in Salzburg, Austria at the University of Salzburg.
Many of you probably are curious about the food in Austria. How different is it really from the food in the US? To be completely honest it isn’t very different. The one main difference between foods is breakfast. If you ever come to Austria or Germany, be ready for a different breakfast. You will have bread rolls, jams, cold cuts, coffee, tea or juice. The biggest meal of the day is normally lunch and not dinner. Some of the most popular dishes are: Knödel, Wiener Schnitzel (which is usually made with veal), Krapfen (deep fried pastries, like doughnuts, usually filled with jam), Erdapfel Salat (potato salad very popular with Wiener Schnitzel), as well as sausages. My favorite sausage in Austria is called Kaiser Krainer. This sausage is cheese filled and is especially good with Senf (mustard) and some Erdapfel Salat!
Most of the food here though is pretty normal. There isn’t really some weird cuisine that you have never heard of from some foreign animal. Although I think the strangest dish here that is favorite amongst locals are the heart and lung dishes. A friend of mine on the program actually ordered a lung dish once, I honestly have to say it was not too bad. I would have never of guessed it was lungs. That is probably the strangest dish. Sausages, knödels (dumplings), Apfelstrudel, Goulash, Palatschinken (Austrian Pancakes), and bread are the most popular dishes throughout Austria.
The food here is amazing and if I had to pick I think I would choose Austrian food over the USA. If you ever come to Austria you must try Wiener Schnitzel, Knödels, and Apfelstrudel!!! Trust me you will love it!