Tour Locations | The Vienna Food Walk

  • LOCATION 32 | The Vienna Food Walk

    Cafe Korb - Fifth and Final Food Stop

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    Get ready for dessert. Please order a Melange as the coffee. This is a coffee with milk. If you don't want milk please order a Mokka. For dessert please choose between a Kaiserschmarrn and an Apfelstrudel, an Appel strudel.

    The first thing that you need to know about coffee houses in Vienna is how to order: We are coffee snobs and we know the name of how we want coffee to be prepared. Please don't order "Einen Kaffee bitte" or "one coffee please". This outs you instantly as being a tourist and if you do it in German even worse: it outs you as a German. If a German asks in a German accent "Einen Kaffee bitte" the classical answer of the waiter would be "Kaffee hob ma kan", which is Austrian accent for "we don't have coffee". He would then continue with naming the different coffee types like Melange, kleiner Schwarzer, Einspänner, Pharisäer and so on.

    When getting coffee in a Viennese coffee house it has to be on a tray, with a glass of water on the side. This is because coffee arrived in Vienna courtesy of the Turks, during their siege of the city in 1529. Turkish coffee is brewed to be very strong. As you already have found out, most of our dishes don't have strong flavours, so when the first coffee houses opened up in the 16th century and they served the Turkish coffee, they always added a glass of water to water down the coffee to the level that you liked. Please don't do that today! But the tray and the glass of water show that this coffee house cares about coffee. If you are in Vienna and you are served just the cup of coffee, this means somebody pushed a button on a machine and coffee came out. The coffee will taste appallingly bad, so get up and leave.

    The first recommended dessert is Kaiserschmarrn. Kaiser is the German word for emperor and schmarrn is an extremely nice word; a word that the emperor would use for shit. Of course, a name like that has to have a story attached to it. Emperor Franz Josef was also an avid hunter. He would go out hunting at 4am and return at 6am. And when he came back he wanted his breakfast on the table. What he liked best was Palatschinken, which is our kind of thin pancake, with apricot jam. And of course in a food story like this, what has to happen? The cook overslept and as the entourage of the emperor rolled in, he woke up, rushed down into the kitchen and thought: "I need to make those pancakes fast!". So he made the batter and poured all of it into the buttered pan. He looked at it: "This is not going to be thin pancakes". He turned it over: "Still not going to be thin pancakes". He chucked it into tiny pieces, put it on a plate, put sugar over it and served it to the emperor. The emperor - stoic as he was - ate the whole plate and then said: "cook, come here" - "Des waren keine Palatschinken" - "These were not pancakes" - "Eigentlich wars ein Schmarrn" - "It was shit" - "Aber gschmeckt hats gut" - "But I really liked it" - hence the name Kaiserschmarren. The dish nowadays is a very fluffy, scrambled pancake, that we serve with roasted plums.

    The second recommended dessert is Apfelstrudel - apple strudel. The Viennese version is just about apples and not about dough. The dough is just there to keep the moisture of the apples in the strudel. That's why it is just flour and a little bit of water and oil. You need to be able to roll out the dough so far, that you can read a newspaper through it. If it breaks, you start again, because the moisture would evaporate. So enjoy the apples.

    Once you've had your fill of dessert, exit Cafe Korb and turn right onto Brandstätte. That's the road you crossed to get here.

    If you plan on spending a long time, you can exit the tour. When you're ready, start the tour outside Cafe Korb by choosing Resume.

    If you are still on the corner opposite Cafe Korb, then just turn left into Brandstätte and keep going.

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