3.342 P31bO/Germany(42): Bauernsuppe

-Cycle 3, Item 342-
12 (Wed) December 2012

P31bO/Germany(42): Bauernsuppe


by me

at home

-Oksu, Seoul-

with Wife, Dominic, and Nanny 8

Germany is the 42nd consecutive country to be featured in the on-going Project 31 By Origin (see previously 3.341 P31bO/Egypt(41): Falafel).

Bauernsuppe is a German soup.  I found the recipe--by accident, while looking up something else--in a cookbook entitled 1 Stock, 100 Soups, one of those anonymously written texts featuring simplified versions of various items (I have another publication, Just 1 Pot, from the same series).  The recipe is offered as the entry to represent Germany in a section for "World Soups," the name of the dish meaning "farmer's (bauern) soup (suppe)" in German.  It's so generic, however--just beef and potatoes boiled in vegetable stock, seasoned with thyme, garnished with parsley and cheese--that the soup could be attributed to any European culinary tradition.  But for purposes of P31bO/Germany, close enough.

An impromptu addition intended to up the Germanic quotient, I served the soup with this Made-in-Germany red saurkraut, which I discovered by chance at E-Mart in the import aisle across from the beers.

A wide variety of German beers is available in Korea, even some obscure labels, like this Henninger--a pale lager, not very good--which I'd never heard of prior to seeing it on the shelf while searching for an appropriate drink to accompany this very meal.

Authenticity aside, the meal overall turned out quite well.  The soup was rich and hearty; after 2 hours of slow simmering, the beef had become amazingly tender.  The side dish of red saurkraut was a nice touch, although I have no idea whether Germans would eat the stuff in such a way.  The rustic bread actually made the experience feel a bit pastoral.  Come to think of it, an unfiltered hefeweizen would've enhanced that feeling even more.  A farmer's meal, indeed.

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