Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Food Delivery: Old Swiss Inn Cheese Fondue Kit

It has been almost five months since I last dined in a restaurant. I miss the different ambiance, the background chatter, and being indecisive on which dishes to get. And with a stricter Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine back in place, it becomes harder once again to feel a bit of normalcy. I'm so happy though that there are a lot of creative minds in the food industry offering endless DIY kits for us to bring the whole dining experience a bit more engaging. This time, I tried a Cheese Fondue Kit from Old Swiss Inn. 

Hello, Old Swiss Inn.
The Old Swiss Inn has been a popular and favorite restaurant in Manila for decades. Established in 1946, this homey yet classy space has charmed locals and expatriates alike with its authentic Swiss and European dishes. And it has its founder Swiss national Emil Landert to thank for.

Now in its 74th year in the market, Old Swiss Inn continues to offer what it serves best. But this time, it comes in packages which you can enjoy in the comfort of your home. 
I was delighted when they sent me its Swiss Cheese Fondue Kit (PHP1,300). I've developed an insatiable appetite for cheese since I got pregnant. And with the weather getting gloomier and gloomier, a hot pot of cheese is perfect!

The Cheese Fondue kit comes with a pack of grated Swiss Cheese (mix of Gruyere, Emmental and Raclette), white wine, bread cubes, a clove of garlic, a spice mix, and a finishing spice mix. It also has very detailed instructions on how to prepare the fondue kit. 
I love that there are two ways to prepare the cheese fondue--with or without wine. Since I'm expecting, I went with its G-rated cheese dip.
Instead of wine, I made use of chicken stock as the base and added the minced garlic once the broth's simmering in medium heat. 
In a mixing bowl, I had the cheese cut into small pieces by hand and mixed in the white spice mix. 
Once the garlic and stock mixture is ready, I added the cheese and spice mix in the pot and kept stirring to keep its thick consistency.

It's best to have the bread in the oven for a few minutes while doing this to give it a bit of crunch.
I was so excited to have a bite that I forgot to put in the finishing spice mix. I'm just not so sure if it would massively change the taste of the cheese. But it was pretty good without it.
But I bet the cheese fondue would have been better with white wine instead of chicken stock. 

Old Swiss Inn offers other kits and dishes for take-out. Visit www.oldswissinn.com for details.

The Old Swiss Inn Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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