A "Hungerturm" (literally - hunger tower) is a term which comes from Berlin. It is the fully glass-enclosed display case with glass on all sides sitting on the bar or near the check out at the local "Kneipe" (pub). Small, hearty fare is dished up in the display, such as "Schmalzbrot, cold "Buletten" or "Mettwurstchen" (small, smoked sausages). The word, "Hungerturm," is a joking reference to the medieval city prison, often placed along the city wall in a tower structure.
In the "Hungerturm" or on the bar, you might also find a glass jar filled with brine and "Soleier". These are the ubiquitous pickled eggs you can find in pubs, especially in Berlin. As a matter of fact, they are considered a specialty of Berliner cuisine. "Soleier" are also eaten with "Dicke Linsen" on Good Friday. A usual way to eat "Soleier" is to cut them in half and remove the yolk. Place a few drops of oil and vinegar and bit of freshly ground pepper in the hollow, top with the yolk and a bit of mustard and then place the half egg in your mouth all at once. Guten Appetit!
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