Guyanese German’s Soup
re-opens in Crown Heights
By Nelson A. King
Originally opened in 1960, the
German’s Soup, in Guyana’s capital
of Georgetown, is considered
one of the country’s most iconic
and popular dining spots.
In 2018, Clinton Urling, the
son of Hubert “German” Urling,
Sr., brought German’s Soup to
a small storefront in Brooklyn’s
East Flatbush, Brooklyn.
There, it quickly became a
popular destination for Guyanese
Creole cooking, highlighting
the diversity of the Caribbean
with influences from Africa,
India, the Caribbean and China.
Having outgrown its East
Flatbush location, German’s
Soup has just re-opened in a
new, larger space, with expanded
menu, in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
The re-opening marked the
60th anniversary of the original
German’s Soup, “which is
still serving everyone from local
workers to the country’s political
elite,” Clinton said.
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With a larger kitchen, he said
he has added new items, including
popular Guyanese snacks,
such as pholourie, egg balls
and roti flatbread, and sweets,
like mittai (fried cinnamon pastry
sticks) and squares of milk
Clinton told Caribbean Life
that the Creole dishes are based
on “closely guarded recipes”
handed down from his father.
He said five “nourishing
soups” are built on a slowcooked,
yellow split pea base and
loaded with meat, plantains and
corn, among other items, “making
them heartier than brothbased
Clinton said the signature
cowheel soup, chicken foot,
chicken, beef and a vegetarian
option are “always on offer.”
He said new
snacks include pholourie, fried,
spiced dough balls, served with
mango sour chutney.
Clinton said there are also egg
balls, hardboiled eggs covered in
crushed yuca, with sweet peppers
and parsley, then fried –
similar to a scotch egg.
Mains showcase Guyana’s
ethnic diversity, with
a rotating selection of curries
and stews, with a choice
of fried rice, raisin rice or plain,
plus lowmein and roti flatbread,
He said snapper and chicken
come either stewed or curried,
alternating during the week,
German’s Soup BBQ Chicken and Fried Rice dish. German’s
though both preparations available
Clinton said the popular BBQ
chicken is “best paired with fried
Beverages include “housemade
mauby,” a fermented drink
made from the bark of the Mauby
tree, “with sugar and spices popular
all over the Caribbean.”
Traditionally fermented in
small batches, mauby is now
sold commercially as non-fermented
soft drink or syrup to
mix with water.
“At German’s, it’s made from
scratch,” Clinton said.
He said the restaurant is open
for delivery via Uber Eats, Postmates,
Seamless and Grubhub.
Takeout, with limited indoor
dining, starts on Sept. 30.
Hours are: Monday – Thursday
10:30 am – 8:30 pm; Friday
– Saturday 10:30 am – 9:00 pm;
and Sunday 10:30 am– 7:30 pm.
German’s Soup is now located
at 410 Utica Ave., Crown Heights,
Patrons can call (718) 513-
0376, or visit www.germanssoup.
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