‘Haxe’ is not the German word for ‘Hake’

October 14th, 2008  |  Published in All, Around the World, Meats and Sausages, Sausages, Meats  |  60 Comments

10 days into my work trip here in Germany, and my first big culinary misinterpretation…

The menu read someting like ‘Gegrilltes Haxe mit Semmelknödel und Sauerkraut’

I thought I was getting grilled fish.

Instead I got an enormous (ENORMOUS) grilled pork shank.  Imagine my surprise when it came out of the kitchen…

Thankfully, it was delicious, even though unexpected. :)

Hake:  type of fish
(photo from Capfish.co.za)

Haxe:  German word for pork shank, usually 1-2 lbs each
(photo from Wilfriedmayer.com)

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