Lemongrass and Rhubarb Cheesecake (Kosher for Passover optional)

by Irvin on May 1, 2017 · 4 comments

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This unique lemongrass and rhubarb cheesecake is beautifully fragrant with infused grassy citrus lemongrass and a stunning red rhubarb streak inside. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Lemongrass and rhubarb cheesecake. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

About 15 years ago my brother called me up asking for a favor. He had moved from Missouri to do a fellowship at UC Davis in forensic psychology. It was suppose to be a two-year temporary move, after which he was planning on moving back to Missouri to be with his then girlfriend (now wife). At the end of the fellowship, he had a graduation dinner with his advisor and his girlfriend was scheduled to fly out to join him. Disaster struck when his girlfriend’s car broke down on the way to the airport (she lived in the middle of the state, about 2 hours away from the closest major airport). She couldn’t make it to his dinner.

Lemongrass Rhubarb Cheesecake by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

My brother called me up last minute and told me he had plans at a fancy restaurant but since she wasn’t able to make it, could I come in her place? The restaurant was a little farther away, in Napa, so I might have to borrow or rent a car. But he didn’t want to just bring anyone since it was a fancy restaurant and a graduation celebration. I would have to figure out what to wear a suit as well as there was a dress code at the restaurant. I said I was happy to join him. What was the restaurant? He replied back “I think it’s called French Laundry? Something like that.” I told him I’d go with him but he owed me big time for the last minute filling in.

Lemongrass and rhubarb cheesecake. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Of course, if it isn’t evident, my brother knows very little about food. I went and enjoyed myself immensely, knowing I was eating at one of the best restaurants in the country. And though the entire meal was memorable, I specifically remember that one of the dessert courses was a lemongrass panna cotta, something I had never had before, never even thought existed. So when my friend Peter asked me to make a dessert for his Passover dinner, I decided to take inspiration from that meal from so long ago and make a lemongrass and rhubarb cheesecake. Like that fancy restaurant in Napa, it didn’t disappoint.

Lemongrass Rhubarb Cheesecake by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Lemongrass and Rhubarb Cheesecake! Recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.
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heather (delicious not gorgeous) May 1, 2017 at 3:05 pm

*just* the french laundry. nbd.

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Kathleen M. May 3, 2017 at 6:13 am

Sounds lovely ! Forr us, non-americans… how many grams creamcheese would this take ?
Thanks, Kathleen

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