Strammer Max

“What that?’ I ask Max. Max’s explanation is unenthusiastic as he tries to convey the extremely simple concept of this classic German street food and why it’s a thing…with a funny name.

This was interesting, I have been here for over 3 years and this one has passed me by completely. Its bread with cheese, ham and an egg. Or variations of that. What amused me is that every country has something similar. A sandwich, Croque Moussieur, open sandwiches, English breakfast, Bruscetta, Pizza, Welsh rarebit (sorry, had to get that in!)…my point being, its hardly an original idea. But most cultures have one, therefore it counts!

The name, I read, comes from Saxon slang and its to do with men and sexual prowess (cue childish giggling). The term was introduced into Berlin street slang and became associated with this dish as it was supposed to enhance the sexual prowess of the person eating it. The pictures thrown up by Google were as usual less than inspiring, so it seemed the perfect opportunity to bring this slightly simple, drab, appetite ; ) pleaser into 2015.

I asked Max to make the best Strammer Max he could, still easy to pull together, but just to feature as much deliciousness as we could fit on top of a piece of toasted sour dough. I think it’s the best hangover food you can make!


“Was ist das denn?” habe ich Max gefragt. Relativ uneuphorisch versucht er mir die Idee dieses deutschen Klassikers, den man in jeder Kneipe bestellen kann, zu erklären. Und wieso eigentlich dieser Name?

Ich fand es interessant, dass mir dieses Gericht in 3 Jahren Berlin noch nicht untergekommen ist. Ein Brot mit Käse, Schinken und einem Spiegelei. So ungefähr. Lustig, weil doch im Grunde jedes Land eine ähnliche Spezialität im Repertoire hat. Sandwich, Croque Monsieur, open sandwiches, English breakfast, Bruscetta, Pizza, Welsh rarebit (das musste ich einfach anbringen, sorry)… Ich will nur sagen, neu ist die Idee nicht. Aber genau weil sie überall zu finden ist, ist sie interessant!

Der Name ‚Strammer Max‘ kommt aus dem Sächsischen und hat mit Männern und sexuellem Können zu tun (hihi). Der Begriff fand seinen Weg in den Berliner Straßenjargon und es hieß, das Gericht verhelfe dem Esser zu mehr Manneskraft. Google präsentiert wie üblich wenig inspirierende Bilder, für uns und unseren Blog also eine hervorragende Möglichkeit, diesen eingestaubten Klassiker in ein neues Licht zu rücken.

Ich habe Max gebeten, den besten Strammen Max zu machen, mit einfachsten Zutaten aber einem Maximum an Geschmack auf einer simplen Sauerteigstulle.

Für mich das Beste Katerfrühstück ever!








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4 thoughts on “Strammer Max

  1. noms.
    unser geheimtrick: trüffelbutter unter den käse. allerbeste.

  2. Stunning. What a beautiful sandwich from bread to the topping!

  3. It’s the fried egg that makes this a winner for me 🙂 I will eat just about anything with a fried egg on top 😉 Here in Thailand, eggs are served on top of a lot of street food. Really adds to the flavor. Will be trying your sandwich too, as it looks delicious 🙂

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