Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Costilla Ahumada Kassler at Restaurant Dackel in Montevideo, Uruguay

Gaze upon the greatest pork chop ever cooked. One wouldn't expect Uruguay to have a good German restaurant, but Dackel is real good.


The specialty at Dackel is the Costilla Ahumada Kassler. This pork chop is almost 3 inches thick and slow cooked in a smoker. They then finish it off with more dry rub (mostly pepper) on the grill. The sides are Papas a la Suiza which is a hash brown by US standards, and apple sauce.


Dackel has a good selection of traditional German cuisine that you seldom find in Buenos Aires. While the photo doesn't show it, they have lots of more traditional German breads...which I ate before the photog

. As Dackel is 2 clocks from the beach in Carrasco, there's also some seafood selections. The neighborhood is a good 30-40 minute cab ride from Ciudad Vieja, where most tourists are in Montevideo. But it's well worth the trip. Besides, you can just head to the beach and walk off all that pork fat.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Bear Sirloin of Panda & Chinese Broccoli

For those looking for more exotic game meats, here's something for you: grilled sirloin of panda, served with Chinese broccoli from Xing Wang in Buenos Aires. The meat is similar to what you get from typical bear meat in that it has a greasy texture to it. But with the animals diet being bamboo, you can taste the differences compared to say, black north american bear meat. Much like tasting the difference between grass and corn fed beef. The meat is cut up and tossed in a sauce and served upon chinese broccoli. It's very expensive since the Chinese government only allows a few pandas to be shipped worldwide for consumption.

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