Culinary Memoirs of A Biologist Who Loves Food

Posts tagged “jamur

The Pizza That Fights Back – Pizza Berlusconi, Kotipizza, Finland

First of all, thank you @KotiPizza for the nicest pizza I’ve ever eat in Finland, my first experience to eat reindeer meat (although it’s chunk sized) and chanterelle mushroom, and after I read the history, I salute the pizza you made here in Finland! 🙂

Not much people know about Finnish food. Even myself, before I know my professor in Åbo Akademi University and watch some TV cooking show about Nordic food, I have completely no idea about food in Finland. In my thought, it’s… fish, something nature and gamey, bread and cheese. I remembered in my childhood that I read a magazine that said Finns have black bread and cheese. My curiosity lasts long enough until I discovered it’s a rye bread and some kind of smoked cheese.

I read this story from Wikipedia about Finnish Cuisine and KotiPizza. Years ago, two leaders of two countries renowned for their excellences in culinary art, French president Jacques Chirac and Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi gave negative critiques to Finnish cuisine.

“I’ve been to Finland and I had to endure the Finnish diet so I am in a position to make a comparison.” “The Finns don’t even know what Parma ham is.” – Silvio Berlusconi

“After Finland, [Britain is] the country with the worst food.” – Jacques Chirac

These statements however, were countered by some international food reporter:

“Chirac and Berlusconi are wrong! Finnish cuisine is much more international than I expected. I have eaten very good food in wonderful restaurants, visited market places and enjoyed in good cafeterias. Cheese is very good in Finland. I also love Finnish cloudberry and smoked fish.” (Ute Junker, Australian Financial Review MagazineSydneyAustralia)

“Food in Finnish restaurants is extremely good. Especially I love Finnish salmon, mushroom soup and desserts. I have also got very good Finnish wines. The worldwide reputation of Finnish cuisine isn’t very good – but it should be!” (Liliane Delwasse, Le FigaroParis, France)

“I have eaten only good food in Finland. Food in Finland is very fresh. Bread, berries, mushrooms and desserts are very delicious. Finnish berries (especially cloudberry), salmon, cheeses and reindeer should be available in London, too.” (April Hutchinson, Abta MagazineLondon, England).

Personally saying, I have to agree. Finnish cuisines are fresh and true (combinations of the foods here, even it has low on spices… are all delicious for me!). Although as someone who comes from Indonesia who accustomed to spicy and foods with stronger flavors, I really love to eat salmon, breads, and some other meals in here!

In 2008, Kotipizza from Finland won America’s Plate International pizza contest in New York, while their competitor, an Italian-American pizza stood in second place. Outstandingly, they name their award-winning smoked reindeer pizza Berlusconi as payback to the Italian prime minister.

Okay… that’s the story. What is it look like? Awesome news, I bought it in my second week of my stay in Turku!

FI - KP - Berlusconi

Berlusconi pizza… damn, I have to eat it while fresh next time. Waiting for bus for more than 20 minutes in the weekend under 2ºC of outside temperature is a bad idea.

FI - KP - Berlusconi Zoom (1)

The slice…

FI - KP - Berlusconi Zoom (2)

Zoomed for reasons… look at those stuffs!

The pizza is thin crusted pizza (of course unlike the American pan pizza with thick crust), with tomato pizza sauce and mozzarella. For crust, they use rye fibre crust. For the topping, they use chunks of smoked reindeer, marinated chanterelle mushroom, red onion, and some sprinkles of dried oregano. Once you open the cardboard lid, the smell of smoked reindeer and onion say hello to you. The flavor itself is absolutely wonderful! For those who never tried the marinated chanterelles, it tastes like normal button mushroom but in shape close to oyster mushroom (the fresh one is claimed to has apricot aroma). Have to say that I agree with my friend, this is a Holy Grail of pizza!

Can’t wait to taste more of it! Kiitos Kotipizza!

Price:

Berlusconi Pizza – EUR 10.90

AW’s Rating: √√√√√ (full score, no complain!)

KOTIPIZZA

For address, it’s spread around Finland. You can found one in both Turku or Helsinki. I bought this one in:

Uudenmankatu 19, 20700 Turku. Ph: +358 2 251 5660

Opening hours:

Restaurant: 12:00 PM – 22:00 PM

Home delivery: 12:00 PM – 21:30 PM (minimum order: EUR 10.00)

Foursquare: Kotipizza

TripAdvisor: Kotipizza

-AW-

Advertisements

Black Rice And Portabello Mushroom Risotto

Black Rice Mushroom Risotto (2)

Risotto, merupakan makanan khas Italia yang dibuat dari nasi dengan kaldu, krim, atau bahan2 lainnya. Beras yang biasanya digunakan adalah beras berukuran hampir bulat yang disebut beras arborio. Jenis beras ini bisa menyerap kandungan air dalam jumlah besar dan menambah tekstur creamy ketika risotto dimasak. Tapi kali ini saya mencoba berkreasi dengan menggunakan beras hitam. Beras hitam, bukan beras merah. Beras kultivar ini memang jarang digunakan sebagai bahan masakan utama. Beras hitam memang tidak memiliki serat seperti beras merah, tapi kandungan vitamin E dan peran sebagai antikolesterolnya sangat baik untuk kesehatan. Untuk itulah, kali ini saya menyulapnya jadi sesuatu yang beda. Dimasak dengan bahan sederhana, metode yang sederhana juga, belum tentu sesempurna metode asli pembuatan risotto, tapi rasanya saya akui berani diadu!

BAHAN

3/4 cangkir teh beras hitam

500 mL air untuk merebus beras

220 mL air hangat

100 mL krim masak

1 buah jamur Portabello ukuran besar, buang tangkainya dan iris tipis dengan ketebalan 0.5 cm

1/2 siung bawang bombai, cincang

2 siung bawang putih, cincang

1/2 sdm cabe bubuk kasar

2/3 sdt lada hitam

1 sdt daun oregano kering

Garam secukupnya

Minyak zaitun (light) untuk menumis

Sejumput keju mozzarella, parut (untuk mengatur kekentalan)

Keju parmesan untuk taburan (optional)

CARA MEMBUAT

  1. Masukkan beras hitam ke panci, masukkan air, masak 1/2 matang (masih kaku, tapi sudah bisa digigit; tekstur seperti kacang rebus, agak lunak tapi masih “melawan”). Pastikan air habis atau tiriskan jika masih ada. (Note: Di saat saya masak, tekstur ini saya dapat bersamaan dengan air menguap seluruhnya setelah api dimatikan)
  2. Panaskan wajan, tuang minyak zaitun, tumis bawang putih dan bawang bombai yang sudah dicincang hingga wangi. Jangan sampe menguning.
  3. Masukkan jamur Portabello. Tambah sedikit garam dan lada hitam. Masukkan cabe bubuk dan oregano. Aduk hingga jamur layu.
  4. Tuang krim masak ke campuran jamur, tambahkan air hangat. Aduk merata.
  5. Tambahkan beras hitam yang sudah dimasak setengah matang ke dalam campuran. Aduk hingga merata. Cek rasa, tambahkan lada hitam dan garam lagi jika masih dirasa kurang.
  6. Ambil sejumput keju mozarella, tambahkan dan aduk.
  7. Setelah air berkurang dengan tekstur agak kayak bubur dan creamy, dan nasi sudah matang, matikan api. Pindahkan ke mangkuk.
  8. Sajikan selagi panas dan cocok disantap dengan taburan keju parmesan. Porsi 1 orang.

Black Rice Mushroom Risotto (1)

Tambahan dari saya, memasak yang satu ini memang menantang. Karena jujur saya khawatir nasinya undercooked. Alhamdulillah ngga. 🙂

-AW-