For most of the tourists that have visited Frankfurt (especially those from another country) Handkäse mit Musik might be very misterious dish. When you see it on the menu and then you try to translate it there comes out probably “Hand cheese with music” which doesnt make any sense. Not if you dont know it!:-)
Handkäse is a regional sour milk cheese which gets its name from the traditional way of producing it. Handkäse is formed with hands. The tourists always ask about the “Musik”. The Germans says “Musik kommt später” – “Music comes later”. But what do they actaully mean? They mean flatulence caused by onions:) This information shouldnt keep you away from this amazing starter!
I have first tried the Handkäse mit Musik in very traditional restaurant in Sachsenhausen. There are different ways of marinating it, my favorite one says that the cheese should be marinated from the very beginning with onions. The marinade gives an amazing flavour not only the onions but also the Handkäse.
The cheese has a lot of protains and no carbs, therefore it’s a perfect choice in the restaurant when being on diet.
While preparing this recipe it is mandatory to take good quality cheese. If you dont have possibility to get good Handkäse there is no way you will enjoy this dish. In this case I would rather go to Frankfurt and try it/buy it there. Frankfurt is a nice city, so it might be worth the trip!