Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Trying more food from Vancouver Christmas Market 2023

The benefit of the Vancouver Christmas Market 2023 season pass is we can enter as many times as we want. This is our second time at the beautiful market this year. Of course, the goal is to try food items we have yet to try before.

I am using this menu I created as a checklist.

Thuringer Brat and Bavarian Smokie from Bratwurst Haus

Last year, we went for the Farmer Sausage from the Bratwurst Haus. Today, we gave the Thuringer Brat and Bavarian Smokie a try.

The Bavarian smokie is as classic as it will get in terms of bratwurst flavour-wise.

Bavarian Smokie from Bratwurst Haus inside Vancouver Christmas Market 2023
Finest cuts of pork, the most flavourful blend of spices, naturally smoked

Meanwhile, the Thuringer Brat is impressive. Surprisingly, it was so delicious, thanks to the garlic and marjoram. The latter adds a distinctive and slightly sweet flavour which complements the meaty richness.

Thuringer Brat from Bratwurst Haus inside Vancouver Christmas Market 2023
Medium-fine grind pork with a distinctive blend of spices heavy on the marjoram and garlic

Both sausage is generously topped with sauerkraut, adding that German flare. The distinctive sour taste is such a fantastic palate cleanser when you find the meaty sausage greasy.

Helmi's Potato & Cheddar Perogies

Every year, the pillowy perogies are available in the Vancouver Christmas Market. The only difference is the brand. This year Helmi's is the perogies brand. A serving comes with 6 pieces of perogies topped with savoury crumbled sausage, sour cream, grilled onions, and sauerkraut.

Potato & Cheddar Perogies from Helmi's in Vancouver Christmas Market 2023
Served with crumbled farmer's sausage from Rempel Meats in Abbotsford, sour cream, grilled onions, and sauerkraut

Traditional Plum Knedla

We discovered Knedla last year. It is a traditional Eastern European (mostly sweet) dumpling. When we got it in 2022, the conventional plum was already sold out, so it was our first time trying it this year.

Traditional Plum from Knedla in Vancouver Christmas Market 2023
Back to the roots with sweet plum flavour! We will fill our signature potato dough with locally sourced pitted plum, then coat it with our secret crumb coating,

Traditional Plum from Knedla in Vancouver Christmas Market 2023

I love the soft, doughy texture. However, I discovered that I am not a fan of plums.

What food will we try again next week when we visit the Vancouver Christmas Market? Any suggestions?

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