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Meat and Fish

German and South African meat cuts are not similar.
South Africa tends to follow the British way of cutting meat

German beef cuts

  1. Rinderhals, Kamm or Nacken (Chuck steak)
  2. Querrippe (Short ribs)
  3. Rinderbrust (Brisket)
  4. Hochrippe or Fehlrippe (Standing rib roast)
  5. Vorderrippe or hohes Roastbeef
  6. Rostbraten or flaches Roastbeef
    5. & 6. together are the Roastbeef or Zwischenrippenstück
  7. Filet (Fillet)
  8. Spannrippe or Knochendünnung
  9. Dünnung or Bauchlappen (flank steak)
  10. Falsches Filet, Schulter, Bug or Schaufel (shoulder)
  11. Oberschale, Unterschale and Nuss
  12. Flanke, Schliem or Rindfleisch
  13. Hüfte mit Hüftsteak and Schwanzstück or Tafelspitz (Top sirloin))
  14. Hesse or Wade (Beef shank)
  15. Fricandeau
  16. Schwanz or Ochsenschwanz (Oxtail)


German Beef cuts downloadable file


Rewe has a very good page about seafood.

If  you would like to buy seafood or fish online try the following online shops:

Where to buy meat

Most people buy lamb at their local Turkish butcher, or at Italian Food stores that have a butchery.
For lamb and other meat cuts you can try Selgros or Metro (need a customer card), or support your local butchery.
Shops like Rewe and Edeka have their own butchery section, and if you want a specific cut you can pre-order it from them

For Boerewors and Biltong look at the listings on our website. 

You can also buy meat online. I found the following online shops, but have not personally used them so can only add them as suggestions.
Most of these also sell Venison


Here is a list of translations and some additional information about meat and fish in Germany. 

ProductSubstitute & Translation
“Sardine” and “pilchard” are common names used to refer to various small, oily forage fish in the herring family Clupeidae. – Wikipedia. Herring also belongs to this family
Sardellen is smaller than Sardinen (Pilchards). They are not longer than 20 cm.
When they are found in salty or sweet-sour lakes they are called Anchovies in Europe

AnchoviesAnchovis or Sardellen that are found in salty or sweet-sour lakes are called Anchovies in Europe
SalmonDer Lachs
MackerelDie Makrele
DoradoDer Schwertfisch
SoleDie Seezunge
HakeDer Seehecht or Der Hechdorsch
Cape horse mackerel Die Bastard- oder Holzmakrele (Trachurus trachurus), auch Stöcker oder Suri genannt
Fish FingersDie Fishstäbchen
SeafoodDie Meeresfrüchte
MusselsDie Miesmuschel
ScallopsDie Jakobsmuschel
ClamsVenusmuscheln or Vongole
CrayfishDie Flusskrebse or Die Langusten
LangoustinesDie Langusten
King prawnsDie Hummerkrabben or Die Riesengarnelen
PrawnsDie Garnalen.
ShrimpsTiefseegarnalen or Grönlandshrimps or just shrimps or Nordseekrabbe
LobsterDas Hummer
Calamari/SquidDer Tintenfish or Die Calamares. Fried Calamari is Frittierter Tintenfish
OystersDie Austern
CrabDie Krabben
Lamb ShankDie Lammhaxe. Lamb is not very popular in Germany. The German lamb also tastes very different from a Karoo tjoppie.
You can sometimes get frozen New-Zealand lamb.
Some Italian Deli’s also sell very good lamb, and they will cut if to your liking.
I have seen frozen Lamb shank in Lidl, but it is also seasonal.
MinceDas Hackfleisch
Ribeye SteakIt is known as Entrecôte. Also know as Scotch Fillet
Cuts of BeefHere is a list of the different cuts of beef. They do not list South Africa but we follow the same cuts as the British. You can compare the German cuts
Cuts good for BiltongSilverside( Tafelstück) or Topside (Schale)
Offal/Afvaldie Innereien
Caul fat / NetvetFettnetz
Kidneysdie Nieren
Liverdie Leber
Stomachdie Magen
BaconFinding back, shoulder or lean Bacon can be a real challenge. The best options are the English Bacon you sometimes get at Kaufland or their “Frühstucksspeck nach Amerikanischer Art”. Rewe also sells English Bacon. Metro sells “streaky” bacon. You can also buy online for example at Geordie’s
Pork Sausages (Eskort) Info from Eskort – Ingredients: Pork (minimum pork content 75%, maximum fat content 22%), Water, Cereal (Maize), Salt, Phosphates, MSG (Flavour enhancer), Sodium erythorbate, Flavours, Preservative (Sodium sulphate).

A good substitute is Nürnberger Bratwurst
or Krakauer (might have Beef in as well). you can also buy online at British shops for example British Shop EU

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