Sometimes, you want the best of all things. Yes, we love mashed potato stew but we also love a good hotdog. Hallelujah ! Meet ‘Be my Stoemp’. What you get at this place is a gourmet dog with all the trimmings and a dash of ‘stoemp’, which is actually dialect for mashed potato stew in Brussels. We dropped by at Les Halles Saint Géry in the lively heart of Brussels and dived into this brand new phenomenon, the stoempdog. Wanna know what it’s all about ? Read on.
‘Be my Stoemp’ takes the tastiest things of Belgian cuisine, mashed potato stew and sausage, a puts them in between a lovely bun. Don’t be scared ! Potatoes are veeery low in calories, considered you prepare them in a correct way. Mix them up with for example cauliflower, tarragon or celery and they become a true taste explosion. Put all that between a high quality bun with a local produced sausage and you have all ingredients for a lovely fastfood experience. ‘Stoempdog’ is the brainchild of Cédric Gérard (coached by the master of mashed potato stew, Albert Stoemp).
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Out first sampler of two mini-stoempdogs consists of ‘Le Tout’ and ‘The Four’. That’s pretty straightforward when it comes to naming conventions but inside two brioche style buns (that neatly sit in a trendy packaging) things get more sophisticated. ‘Le tout’ (on the right) consists of carrot stoemp, ‘Be Mediterranean’ sausage (with some tasty fennel seeds inside) and homemade pesto topped with tomatoes, arugola salad and Parmesan cheese. Great taste, nice balance between sweet and sour. We like ! ‘The Four’ (on the left) radiates more exotic flavours with carrot & coriander stoemp, ‘Be Sun’ sausage and plain yoghurt. On top come dices of tomato, red onion and lemon zest. Very nice flavours there too.
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Our second sampler consists of ‘The Salven’ (on the left) and ‘Le Eyt’ (on the right). ‘The Salven’ immediately punches the tastebuds with some delicious celery stoemp yet mixed with mussels, shrimps and a secret dressing topped with tomato dices an capers. Was it too much of a flavour feast in there (perhaps the tomato and capers were too much) or was ‘The Salve’ not our cup of tea ? We don’t really know but we soon found ‘Le Eyt’ (on the right) to make up for that. ‘Le Eyt’ is a vegetarian wonder with caramelised onion stoemp, roasted tofu, roasted onions and sesame & citrus sauce topped with green onions. Delicious in taste. Marvelous. Nothing to add to that. No, we’re no vegetarians at all but we have to put things to the honour and remarkably this vegetarian version of the stoempdog was packed with flavours. We love !
If you want to enjoy some tasty fastfood in an historic setting at the very heart of Brussels, you should try ‘Be my Stoemp’ in order to discover an all-in-one solution of Belgian delicacies. Wanna be a Belgitarian (did we just made that up ?): then go check out the place sito presto. It’s surely worth the visit. All ingredients are from local produce, so what you eat over there is 100 % Belgian. That puts ‘Be my Stoemp’ high up there on the (tasty and healthy ) fastfood ladder in Brussels. Kudoos for Cédric and his team !