No matter if you are a local or a tourist, the must-do on an average sunny Sunday in Berlin is to have a late brunch (you might want to check out Café Morgenrot for a great veggie option) and hang out the rest of the day in the Mauerpark in P’berg.
What you can do there? It would be easier to answer the question: what not?
Mauerpark flea market
Mauerpark, is it name already reveals, is a piece of forgotten history. You can still see bits of the Berlin Wall here, as it used to be part of the Death Zone. To date, there is an awesome flea market every Sunday and it’s a hip place to chill. Loads of organic food options, Berlin-based art and unique vintage fashion, traditional flea market with bargains, street performances every five meters, robo-art, Turkish families grilling, latinos having a crowded reggaetón/salsa party, Japanese doing some weird flashmob, and the biggest hit of all: a huge karaoke.
With huge I mean really huuuuuge!!! The Bearpit Karaoke Show was started by an Irish guy some years ago, who thought it’s said to leave that big open-air amphitheatre abandoned. First an informal karaoke, now a must-see attracting several thousand people every week. If you are good, people will have fun. If you s*ck, you will ber cheered even louder! The old guy Detlef, who sings My Way every week in German, has already his own fan page.
(I could link a video about Detlef, but I decided to search the video of my friend Albert, who visited us from Spain when I was living in Berlin. We decided to play a wicked trick and sign him up for karaoke – and he dared!! Thanks for this unforgettable show, Grasshopper!)
You know what else you can find there? The most delicious vegan burgers (with gluten-free options) at Sunny Day Burgers! An ordinary vegan burger becomes fab with the different types of salsas they offer: from chipotle to mango-maracuja. And the raw vegan cakes will take fly you directly to paradise!!! (Try the peace-braker cardamom-chocolate cake, we had to argue for the last piece).
Sunny Day Burger
Raw Vegan cake, especially the one in the left is recommended!
Inspired by this visit, I altered somewhat my tofu burger recipe learned from my Mum.
TOFU BURGER from the Mauerpark
Ingredients (6-8 big ‘burger meat’):
- 1 package (400 g / 1.5 cups) of plain tofu – or smoked tofu, as an option
- 1 carrot grated (1/2 cup)
- 1 medium potato grated (1/2 cup)
- 1 big onion chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic (pressed)
- 3/4 cup of oat flakes
- 3/4 cup of bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup of oil + oil for frying
- 2 tbsp of soy sauce
- about 1/2 tbsp of salt (actually, according to taste)
- 1/2 tbsp of curry powder or Kitchen King
- 1/2 of powdered sweet paprika (hot, if you like it somewhat spicy)
- 1/2 tsp of pepper
- 1/4 cup of parsley chopped or 1 tsp of dried marjoram (optional)
- about 1/2 cup of warm water (depends on the softness of the tofu)
Preparation time: 1 hour
Pour warm water over the oat flakes. Crush tofu and add soy sauce and salt. Then add chopped and grated vegetables, spices and oil. Mix it. Finally add the oat flakes and enough bread crumbles so that it has a texture that is easy to form but doesn’t fall apart. Leave it for half an hour to soak through. Heat some oil and form the desired size hamburgers with wet hands. It shouldn’t be thicker than 1.7 cm or the middle will remain raw. Also, it shall be too crispy if very thin. As a final touch (and being a good Hungarian), I like to cover the burgers in bread crumbs once again before frying.
We ate it last time with some spicy potatoes, vegannaise and a nice fresh salad. And you?