HOB and I have been together 18 years, sharing a of love of art in situ and adventurous eating, and finally, in Frankfurt, I’ve found something I’ll eat that he won’t. Handkäse mit Musik “hand cheese with music” is a sour milk cheese aged and marinated in oil and vinegar and a specialty of Frankfurt, Germany. The nice woman who sold it to us at the market explained the name “You eat the cheese now, and later you get the music.” There’s only one way I could interpret this explanation: Handkäse mit Musik causes farting. While I’ll spare you a description of the consequences of digesting this cheese, I’ll tell you I loved it in all it’s weird and funky glory. HOB on the other hand, was grossed out and declared it “smelled like death”.
What we both agree on is the yumminess of Frankfurt’s other culinary specialty, Grüne Sosse. Grüne Sosse (green sauce) is a mixture of sour cream or yogurt with seven herbs. We devoured it with cucumbers and bread.
How we got to Frankfurt: train from Bamberg.
Where we slept: Hotel Excelsior. Price: €77 for a double. Recommended: yes.
Handkäse mit Musik
Bucket full of Grüne Sosse in Frankfurt’s Kleinmarkthalle.