“Cheese with music” might sound like something peculiar, but have no doubts - this is a tasty Frankfurt delicacy!
Handkäs (“hand cheese”) is a traditional sort of Frankfurt cheese, similar to Harzer and known for its texture and its characteristic pungent aroma. It is used in a traditional recipe - Handkäs mit musik (literally, “cheese with music”!), an appetizer consisting of marinated cheese with chopped onion. It is very popular, and locals will tell you that it goes down well with a glass of Apfelwein (a local cider-like drink).
The origin of the name Handkäs mit musik is unknown. One of the popular explanations for it is that the “music” comes from the clink of the bottles of vinegar and spices that are served as seasonings for this dish.