My First Risotto

Coming from Melbourne, the land of great Italian food outside of Italy, it would be unthinkable to not have had risotto ever. Well, yours truly has achieved the unthinkable. I’ve never had risotto before (except for a spoonful or two I stole from my dinner companions once, and it was rather forgettable anyway) until today.

Fuelled by my recent curiosity over the dish that has received a lot of attention (and flak over how it should be cooked), I took the plunge and ordered my first ever risotto during lunch today. To add some more thrill to that, it was at some untried and untested cafe that I had lunch with two girlfriends today.

I couldn’t decide what to eat and time was ticking fast; with exactly thirty minutes to place my order, wait for my food, and scoff it all down, I jumped at the safest bet – the classic mushroom and onion risotto. I barely waited five minutes before my lunch was served, and spied the mound of grains on my plate with reasonable caution (and suspicion!) as they placed it in front of me.

The verdict? If not for the fact that risotto is basically a whole plate full of CARBS (and the fact that I wasn’t exactly starving), I would’ve wolfed it all down in 10 minutes flat. With my limited knowledge of risotto, I thought it was pretty good. It was done pretty much al dente, not at all starchy, and actually very easy on the palate. It had a good balance of parmesan and white wine in it, with the tartness of the wine cutting through the creaminess of the cheese beautifully.

It was a wonderful experience, quite unforgettable in fact, and will now go down in my books as a dish to behold with great respect (because I can foresee many more risotto experiments and I’d expect gluggy ones along the way). And on that note, I recently stumbled upon a book that had a tip on how to cook risotto (I can’t remember which one though). The trick, apparently, is to shake the pan and not stir it so that it doesn’t become starchy.

So there, I’m pleased to report on my first risotto experience…and many more to come!

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4 Responses to “My First Risotto”

  1. staticwanderlust Says:

    oh! have i ever told you that i love risotto? yum.. i had my best risotto experiences in melb though, the ones i’ve tried in spore are average by far.

  2. hey babes, you are not alone. i’ve watched countless cooking videos on risotto but never tried one myself! i guess its just not so common in spore… hardly find it on the menus of italian restaurants. even if there is, the choice is limited and unattractive. i will have to try risotto myself too!

  3. The Pseudo Epicurean Says:

    staticwanderlust – Yes! I vaguely remember you liking your risotto…I can’t wait to cook it! Btw, when are you coming to Melbourne…if ever?! πŸ˜€

    cass – I FEEL HEAPS BETTER! πŸ˜€ I guess you’ll just have to try it. Btw, are you and Paul coming to Melbourne? I’ll take you to that risotto place if you do! πŸ™‚

  4. Just to assure you… it is not that difficult to cook… but have to stir quite a bit. πŸ™‚ I tried a few times before.

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