Try the Fritattensuppe

Fritattensuppe at Grand Hotel Europa

I kept seeing Fritattensuppe on menus around Austria. I had no idea what it was until I dined at Europa Stuberl in the Grand Hotel Europa this evening. The menu read, “Beef broth with pancake stripes.”  That in no way sounded appealing to me but as a local dish I thought I’d give it a try. Besides, it’s just a soup so if it was disgusting, I wasn’t wasting my entire meal. 

The bowl arrived and the pancakes were thin strips that looked more like rolled up crepes. I smelled it first but I could only smell the broth. I put as much of the pancake on my spoon as I could fit and took a huge bite. It was delicious! The pancake had absorbed a lot of the broth and it was full of flavor.  I would have been happy ordering a second bowl and having it as my main dish, but I had already ordered something else.

I’m constantly expecting Athena to try new foods and this was the perfect example of why. You never know if you’ll like something unless you give it a try for yourself. Who would have thought to put pancakes in soup? If you’re visiting Austria, try the fritattensuppe. Have you had it before?

What’s the weirdest dish you’ve tried in another country?

 

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30 thoughts on “Try the Fritattensuppe

  1. Sounds like an interesting dish! The weirdest dish I’ve tasted is roasted guinea pig in Cusco. It had a very rich flavor and was pretty chewy. (I don’t think I would order it again…) 🙂

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  2. In Ecuador, my favorite meal was Remolacha, which translates strictly to beets, but they would be deliciously prepared: mixed with mayonnaise and onions. Seems so weird, but was so good, and such a beautiful color.

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  3. Ooooh, let’s see …. I suppose the strangest food I’ve had, to my fellow Americans, at least, would probably be horse. Don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it, though. Horse meat is very popular in Germany and Holland, where I spent several years as a child. It’s a rich, dark, sweet-ish meat, with a fine grain, and it tastes simply wonderful! As a German friend once explained it to us, we Americans eat pigs, and that’s fine, but what do the pigs eat? We feed the pigs our trash, the food we wouldn’t want to eat, ourselves, and then the pigs just roll around, getting fat … and then we eat the pigs. But! What do we feed horses? The best grains, the best hay, the best oats, delicious apples, all sorts of wonderful foods. And the horses work hard, building lean muscle with hardly any fat on them! It only stands to reason that, at the end of their useful lives, if the horse is not a family pet, its meat would be sweet, lean, and delicious! And it is, it really is.

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  4. Mmm! that sounds good, might have to try and find a recipe. I had rabbit and moose on the same night in Alaska 6 years ago- rabbit wasn’t so great, but moose was alright. I don’t remember trying anything particularly strange when I was in Germany and Austria 2 years ago. Lots of sausage, some schnitzel. meat and potatoes mostly.

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  5. Loving your post! In Germany this is known as Flaedlesuppe, and just as delicious! When I moved to South Africa it took me a while to get used to the extremely sweet pumpkin dishes which I still do not like hahaha. I once sat in a home in Singapore when I noticed that little green snails where busy climbing out of a stone jar. The poor things where later dropped into boiling water for some kind of dish that I didn’t have the stomache for. I had to try shark fin soup and durian fruit too that day, let’s just say I felt I’ve had enough adventure that day.

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  6. That soup sounds fabulous! I was visiting Paris a few years ago and was convinced to try escargot and foie gras by some locals we met. Surprisingly I enjoyed both quite a lot! Here in the states I have eaten a bison burger that was wonderful- much more rich than a regular beef burger.

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  7. It wasn’t actually all that weird, but, “glutinous fish balls” was the first thing I tried in Singapore and it’s certainly got a name that suggests something weird is going on.

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  8. I wish I could tell you what the weirdest thing I ate was, but I don’t know what it was! I was in Peru, couldn’t speak Spanish, so I just pointed at the menu and took ‘Menu Economico no.1’. Whatever came I was a mystery to me. It kind of looked like tripe (intestines) though I don’t think it was that. Anyway, it tasted kind of iffy so I only ate half. From then on I stuck to things I could pronounce. I ate a lot of ‘pollo’ that trip, let me tell you. 🙂

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  9. Goat in India – goat isn’t that weird, but what was unexpected was how absolutely delicious it was – nothing like “goat” served in the United States. We had it on several occasions in India and it was fantastic!

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  10. Love that you tried this. In Germany (or at least in Bavaria) we call it Pfannenkuchen Suppe (literally pancake soup). It’s absolutely delicious!

    The weirdest food that I enjoyed, is probably tiny snails that I tried in Korea. I was hesitant to try it, but I’m glad I did. They were pretty tasty, though the occasional grains of sand, not so much. As for weirdest food I did not enjoy, it’s a tie between chicken feet and eel soup (complete with bones).

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  11. New use for crepes! Mmm sounds delicious! My most recent unusual food was cuy (guinea pig) in Peru. Who would have guessed that a cute furry rodent that we keep as pets would be a lobster-esque (because some places let you pick out your meal, much like the lobster tanks in US restaurants) delicacy in another country?

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  12. I tried Pig ear’s and octopus tentacles at Duck and Waffle recently. Both were surprisingly delicious. I’ve had chicken hearts previously, but those were not for me at all. Definitely going to try Fritattensuppe next 🙂

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  13. I have always said, “I’ll try anything twice!” Just in case the first go around was a bad experience for whatever reason. Sometimes trying things twice is a very good thing, not just with food. Sometimes…
    Thanks for your post. I’ve filed it away for future outbursts of adventure.

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  14. Yeah that’s our great Fritattensuppe…one of my favorite dishes as Austrian Native 🙂 but we have even more “weird but delicious” food such as the liver-dumpling soup called “Leberknödelsuppe” 😉 or the famous “Käsekrainer”, a meat saussage partly filled with cheese you’ll get at almost every saussage stand “Würstelstand” in Vienna…oh there are so many of these very special dishes 🙂

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