We’ve been to Munich twice – once in December just after Christmas, and once in late September for Oktoberfest. For our first visit we went with one of my housemates and her boyfriend, and we met up with GJ, a friend of ours who was studying in Germany. The second time we were in Munich we travelled with HR our flatmate (at that time).
Paulaner was probably the first place we ate at in Munich for both our trips. In fact, the moment we set foot in Munich we knew we wanted a good solid pork knuckle and some juicy sauerkraut. Paulaner was the obvious choice for us, as we knew about this restaurant since it had a branch in Singapore. We’ve not eaten at the Singapore branch, but we will definitely try to remember to check it out when we’re back home for good.
Anyway, the pork knuckle at Paulaner was awesome. When it came, it was presented to us tall and proud on the plate, with a huge knife stuck right through the center of it. There were 2 huge dumplings next to it, and an enormous pile of sauerkraut on the side. The portion was very big, and I don’t think any of us managed to finish the entire portion of dumpling or the sauerkraut, but we made sure the pork knuckle was eaten clean to the bone. (I can’t stop myself salivating as I’m typing this.)
The skin of the pork knuckle was really crispy and the meat was very tender. It’s not the most glamorous dish to eat, as you genuinely have to battle with the knuckle to extract all the meat from it, and by the time you finish you kind of feel like you’ve just had a workout, but it was all worth it. For the 3 guys at the table, there is no such thing as too much meat to eat, and this was indeed a feast we were very happy to partake in.
The dumplings were nice and soft, and they provided a good palate cleanser in between mouthfuls of pork. The sauerkraut was really good as well, though it was definitely not A’s favorite choice of vegetable.
On our second visit we ordered the sharing platter of cold meats, on top of 3 plates of pork knuckle, one for the each of us. When it arrived we were reminded of how huge portions are in Paulaners, and we totally couldn’t finish all our food. Once again though, we made sure that all the pork was finished, so it was just the poor sauerkraut and dumplings that had to be wasted.
Pork in Munich in general, is very good. Not only can you get pork knuckle, you can also get a very good roast pork sandwich at the market place, just a few blocks down the road from Paulaner. This was the first time I had such a good roast pork sandwich, with the most amazing crackling. I absolutely loved it. The next time we went back to Munich, I went right back to the same stall I bought it the first time round, and got the exact same sandwich again. It was just like how I remembered it to be. We’ve managed to find a pretty good version in Borough Market (London) that isn’t quite as good, but hey, I can’t keep travelling to Munich to eat that perfect roast pork sandwich all the time can I?