Awesome mac and cheese

Posted on September 18, 2007 by Aun

Last weekend, my wife S and I, accompanied by two friends, had brunch at one of Singapore’s most talked about new restaurants, Mimolette. Since it opened a few months back, we’d heard both very good but also very bad things about this little restaurant, discretely located next to the Bukit Timah Saddle Club on Fairways Drive. Early reports were a tad scary. We heard that the chefs and owner were serving what seemed to us inedible fusion fare, things like fried rice with foie gras and apricots. And while we’re usually pretty happy to try out any new restaurant, we decided to wait a little while and hear what friends said before heading over on our own. Some friends, who went when it first opened, reported that the restaurant was beautiful, done up in a chic, colonial yet comfortable style. They said that the food, however, was only so-so. More recently, however, we’ve been hearing great things. Especially about Mimolette’s brunch menu. Various people have told us that the food that they’ve eaten there was really, really good. So good in fact that several of these friends have even become regulars.

After visiting it this past weekend, I have to agree. Not only is Mimolette a beautiful and charming little restaurant, it serves great food. The brunch menu is fantastic. It’s a long list of European and American classics (yup, not a fusion dish in sight). It took me quite a while to decide which of the many delicious-sounding things to order. In the end, I decided to have one of my all-time faves, corned beef hash. In addition, I convinced S and our friends to share an order of macaroni and cheese. S had a croque madame, while our friends had a salad and a plate of mini-burgers. Everything was good, but the dish that blew us all away, and which I am now (after just one visit) addicted to, was the macaroni and cheese. It was light yet rich. It was powerful and savory and simply beautiful. It tasted to me like it was spiked with a bit of white wine or kirsch, but when I asked, I was told that no booze went into making it.

Like any other slightly obsessive foodie, I knew I simply had to recreate this amazing mac and cheese as soon as possible. Mimolette’s macaroni and cheese contains, according to its menu, mimolette (of course), gruyere, mozzarella, and emmental. With this list of cheeses in hand, I made my way to Jones the Grocer‘s absolutely awesome cheese room. I picked up 100g each of the mimolette, aged gruyere, and emmental. Sadly, Jones was all sold out of mozzarella, but fortunately Culina, just next door, had a couple packets left in stock.

Of course, I have no idea what porportions the chefs at Mimolette use for their mac and cheese, nor do I know what else they put into their sauce. So, I simply made what I felt would taste good. Fortunately, it did.

Mimolette-inspired macaroni and cheese
serves 4 for lunch or dinner

300g macaroni
650ml milk
500ml water
1 bay leaf
1.5 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons flour
150g buffalo mozzarella, shredded
100g emmental, diced
100g mimolette, diced
100g gruyere, diced
30g grated parmesan
1 tablespoon kirsch
salt and pepper to taste

Pour the milk into a large pot and combine with the water. Add the bay leaf and the 1.5 tablespoons of salt and bring the liquid to a simmer. Add the macaroni and cook until al dente. Be careful not to let the poaching liquid boil over. Drain the macaroni, reserving the poaching liquid.

Preheat your oven to 175 degrees Celsius.

In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Take the pan off the heat and add the flour, stirring quickly until combined. Then put the pan back over the fire and slowly add the reserved poaching liquid, stirring constantly. Stir until the sauce begins to simmer and thicken a little. Set aside a handful of the diced hard cheeses and add the rest to the sauce, stirring slowly until all the cheeses have melted. Add the kirsch. Then add the macaroni to the sauce, stirring. Cook for a minute and then transfer to an ovenproof dish. Cover with the reseved cheese bits and the grated parmesan.

Pop the dish into the oven for 30 minutes. Serve immediately.

Mimolette
55 Fairways Drive
Singapore 286846
Email: enquiry@mimolette.com.sg
Phone/Reservations: +65 6467 7748

(The management of Mimolette does not allow any patrons to take photographs, which is why no pictures of the restaurant or the food we ate accompany this post.)

About Aun Koh

Aun has always loved food and travel, passions passed down to him from his parents. This foundation, plus a background in media, pushed him to start Chubby Hubby in 2005. He loves that this site allows him to write about the things he adores--food, style, travel, his wife and his bouncing baby boy!

What Others Are Saying

  1. veron September 19, 2007 at 2:28 am

    It’s official! I’m making mac and cheese for dinner this weekend. I’ve been looking for an elegant mac and cheese recipe ever since I spotted one on the tv-series Bones last season. I found one but it only had gruyere, mozarella and parmesan. This sounds even better!

  2. Jeanne September 20, 2007 at 7:54 pm

    Holy cow… Would you believe me if I said I never realyl got the point of mac & cheese – but I really really do get the point of this one!! I think it’s the fondue-like quality with the various cheeses and the kirsch that appeals so much. This one’s a keeper for next time I’m craving comfort food!

  3. Annemarie September 22, 2007 at 12:44 am

    Oh, I think you can never go too wrong with all that cheese. It looks just fantastic though, and you have me very much in a comfort food sort of a mood now…

  4. Jean September 22, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    Hmm all that cheese and my favourite pasta :)

  5. buddhaboy September 25, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    adding Dijon gives it a nice addition

  6. Niamh September 25, 2007 at 11:40 pm

    Ooooh, that looks great! One to try, for sure.

  7. shadow September 29, 2007 at 1:12 am

    Their beef hash is the first I’ve ever tasted and I rather like it. How does it compare to the others you’ve had? Know any good recipes? Cheers.

  8. Chubby Hubby October 1, 2007 at 6:20 pm

    Shadow, it was very good. The portion was a tad small but it was good. If you check out my current post, I’ve offered a recipe for making it yourself. I hope you try it.

  9. cenmrk October 7, 2007 at 11:58 am

    Is it really 1.5 Tablespoon of salt?? I tried making it, and it seems to be a tad salty. Not sure if the cheese I used might hv contributed to the salt content – buffalo mozzarella, swiss gruyere and 200g of tegglio cheeses. Overall, it seems like a nice and easy dish to make.

  10. Chubby Hubby October 7, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    Cenmrk: You did notice that the salt is for the liquid in which you cook the macaroni? It’s not added to the cheese.

  11. cenmrk October 8, 2007 at 10:48 am

    Yeah, added it into the liquid for my macaroni…. but i procceed to add the liquid (after the macaroni is cooked), into the butter/flour mixture….so does that mean it’s not the case? “Then put the pan back over the fire and slowly add the reserved poaching liquid, stirring constantly.” A little confused here.

  12. Chubby Hubby October 8, 2007 at 11:17 am

    Cenmrk: I have a feeling then it’s because of the cheeses you have used. Taleggio, for example, is very salty and you seem to have used much more of that than the others. Every recipe, if changed, needs to be compensated by taste. If you use saltier cheese than what I suggest, you will, thus, have to temper the salt used elsewhere.

  13. cenmrk October 9, 2007 at 6:32 am

    I’ll be trying out this dish again for sure. And it would be even better than my last try! Thanks.

  14. CharSue October 17, 2007 at 8:18 am

    Yes, it looks good chubster, but gotta disagree about Mimolette. Thought the food was awful and the service more so…

  15. Brigitte October 29, 2007 at 10:23 am

    I was there at a b-yond party last weekend and felt in love with the wonderful atmosphere there…for sure I’ll come back for lunch….

  16. JB in San Diego December 18, 2007 at 12:29 am

    I made this last night, but put the casserole dish in the fridge so I can bake it tonight. The sauce tastes incredible! My only change for next time would be to *dice* the mozzarella and *shred* the mimolette. The diced bits of mimolette took forever to melt – in fact, there are still some chunks in the pasta because I gave up after stirring for 20 minutes. I might even give that cheese a head start melting next time when the sauce is at its hottest.

    The only small modification I made was to use large elbow rigatoni to better soak up the sauce.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  17. Jack February 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Hi I am a newbie at making my own meals.. would like to check something – when I added the poaching liquid to the butter flour mixture, the mixture turned into some pulpy mix. Where did I go wrong?

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