Monday, March 02, 2009
Frankfurt food in Moscow
Raclette probably isn't from Germany...but when I think raclette, I think Frankfurt, which is where I first enjoyed this style of eating. Today, I took my raclette set out for the first time since leaving Frankfurt 3 years ago and had a feast.
The set's been in storage since Frankfurt days cos I couldn't find raclette cheese in London. Also, Eddie hates that it stinks up the house plus he's not a fan of raclette. Well, two weeks ago, I found raclette cheese in Metro (a supermarket), happiness! Bought more than 1kg back, thinking we could have people over for a raclette party. But I've been sick for 2 weeks, cough is gone but nose is blocked...appetite is as good as ever though.
Well, I finally decided we'll just have our own party, just the two of us, today! Two of us as in Brian and Mummy, the only two huge fans of raclette. So at exactly 11am, ie, right after Eddie stepped out the door to fly off for a business trip, we turned on the grill! Hopefully, by the time he gets back, the house will no longer stink.
When you have raclette, you've gotta use raclette cheese. Once in Germany, someone tried using other cheeses, and it didn't work out at all. While the Caucasians have their raclette with potato, gherkins, that kind of stuff; we have ours with marinated beef, prawns, mushrooms, onions, garlic...very much like Korean bbq, but combined with melted raclette cheese, it's just out of this world.
What you do is grill whatever it is that you like, for us, it's beef, prawns, mushrooms, for others, it could be sausages, capsicum, zucchini. Each diner then places a thin slice of raclette cheese into his individual cheese tray and slides it under the grill. My raclette set has 8 trays. Once the cheese has melted to your preferred consistency (some like it melty, some like it slightly burnt), scrape it with your personal wooden spatula (comes with the set) on to the grilled food you've placed on your plate. That's it, makan time.
Best downed with red wine.