Omi's Pancake Soup

This is pancake soup, or pfannkuchensuppe, a traditional Southern German dish of noodle-like strips of crepe my grandmother used to make when I was young. My grandmother (we called her Omi) was born in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau in 1921. She met my grandfather, a US occupation soldier, shortly after WWII. They soon married and moved to Indiana, where my grandfather was from. When they first moved in together, they lived in a cramped studio apartment with only a hotplate to cook with. They then opened a small clothing shop together, and soon enough could build their own house with a big kitchen. Although Omi liked to make many different German dishes, like nusskranz and lebkuchen, my siblings and I have a soft spot for the simple pancake soup. It’s still our go-to dish when we get sick. Omi loved cooking because it reminded her of her youth in Germany and because it was a means of sharing those memories with us. When she passed away a few years back at the age of 93, my sister gathered Omi's recipes into a cookbook so we could continue to remember her through her food. 

Place(s): Germany, Bavaria, USA, Indiana
Year: 1953

– Nicholas Parkinson

Relationship:  Grandchild of im/migrant Grandchild of im/migrant