I’m slightly obsessed with cheese, so I Googled German cheese in Frankfurt. That is when I discovered I was located in the region specializing in Handkäse.
Handkäse is a sour milk handmade cheese usually served with caraway seeds. I’m up for trying any kind of cheese, so I ordered it the first time I saw it on a local menu.
Handkäse is often ordered mit musik, which translates to “with music.” That means it comes topped with raw onions. The not-really-that-funny joke is that the music comes later.
I can’t really speak to that. Perhaps the German digestive system is not equipped to handle onions.
But I can tell you that this cheese does not look like cheese at all.
When it was brought to the table, I was confused. This did not even look like a dairy product. It was a yellowish lump that looked like a congealed substance.
I have to admit it looked a little gross.
I followed my friend’s lead and sliced off a piece of cheese with a little bit of onion on top and placed it on the dark bread. I took a bite.
It didn’t taste like cheese either.
But I liked it.
Other visitors give it mixed reviews, but I’m a fan. This may be my new favorite German food.