Burgers German-style – Frikadellen

My hubby asked for Frikadellen and I thought, oh wow, that’s a kind of burger other countries don’t know.

Ingredients (2 p.):

  • 400 g ground beef
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 roll, previously soaked in water and squeezed (I used a Brez’n)
  • 1 tsp. spicy mustard (we love French Maille – “il n’y a Maille qui m’aille”)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • pepper (cayenne pepper makes for a good mood)
  • 4-5 potatoes, boiled and sprinkled with paprika and butter
blend all ingredients well

Mix all the ingredients with a fork until blended. If the dough is too moist you can add bread crumbs. Moisten your hands and shape patties, best all of the same size. Cook in a heavy skillet with some margarine, turning the patties several times to ensure they are cooked all the way through.

Cook on medium heat turning the patties several times. Make sure the beef is cooked through.

Serve the Frikadellen with spicy (Maille) mustard and the boiled potatoes, buttered and sprinkled with paprika for flavor.

Veggie Variation: Sometimes I add in grated carrots, which offer a special touch of flavor. We call those our “Bunny Burgers”.

Mountain cable car in Guilin, Yaoberg, China and Li river

We had heaps of fun borading the cable car that goes up the hill Yaoberg. Actually, we had even more fun calling out to the Chinese children (and grown-ups) coming down the hill “Hello! How are you?” and listening to their delighted giggles when practicing their bit of English. Also it was refreshing having the cool breeze on the cable car after the heat farther down in the tea plantation.

We then went aboard a larger tourist boat to see the landscape of the Li river. As usual, we Germans were stared at a lot by the friendly Chinese. Many asked us to pose for a photo with them. Most speak quite passable English and we enjoyed the cultural exchange. We especially loved the bizarre mountain formations on both sides of the Li river.

In the evening we went to Guilin to see a dance show depicting the river, the rice planters, the rowers etc., with fusion music and hundreds of dancers with long, billowing, colorful scarves and local costumes with heavy silver headdresses.

Guilin is a quaint little town with market stalls and street vendors and even some “German” restaurants in one street. The Sauerkraut and sausages and beer tasted quite like the original. Of course, this quarter is rather “touristy”, but fun in its own way. Some Chinese ladies were wearing traditional costumes from different regions.