I had tried beef cheeks before in London and loved it, so when I went to Poland and there were beef cheek filled pierogi on the menu, I knew exactly what to order. This was at a old Jewish restaurant in Krakow called Starka, where I shared a couple of dishes with my friends.
The dumplings looked a bit anemic, boiled and without any sauce, but they made up for it in taste. The dumplings were stuffed with strand upon strand of beef cheek. Any more and they would burst. The cheeks were cooked until they were super soft and tender. There didn’t seem to be much added flavor to it, but I didn’t think the dish needed it as the beef was so strong tasting on its own.
Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 9