Thursday, February 23, 2017

HK/香港 HOTSPOT: Korean House

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At Korean House in Hong Kong which did not really serve 100% Korean food (where was the bibimbap?) but more a mix of Asian food which is still fine by me. And what also was fine is their price because it only cost around 5 bucks to just use their buffet for 1,5 hour. Or! Pay another 5 bucks to include the Korean BBQ! Korean BBQ includes lots of meat and since I don't eat meat except fish, me and my aunt only picked the buffet package one only. One thing for sure, Korean House is a playground for dessertlovers!   
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Bij Korean House in Hong Kong serveren ze alleen niet echt 100% Koreaans eten (waar was de bibimbap?) maar het was meer een mix van diverse Asian food wat natuurlijk nog steeds ok is! Wat ook zéér ok is, is de prijs. Je betaalt namelijk rond de €5 voor het buffet waar je 1,5 uur onbeperkt mag eten. Of betaal €5 extra dan krijg je de Koreaanse BBQ erbij! Sinds je bij Koreaans BBQ best veel vlees eet en ik helaas geen vlees meer eet, heb ik en mijn tante maar voor de buffet pakket van €5 gekozen. Een ding is zeker, Korean House is een speeltuin voor toetjesliefhebbers!

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And no that`s not a faucet but an equipment for indoor grill & BBQ on the table. And a great tripod for my camera too ha.

Korean House 韓舍 - Mongkok - Hong Kong 

Me and my auntie F. were seated in an almost empty dining area on the 9th floor.

Bae, I`m a freak at a buffet
But I`m also a pretend professional foodblogger and so I plated up all my food nicely.
Round 1
I was for a couple of weeks in Hong Kong and my taste buds were kind of craving for Western food and I remembered how happy I was to see and eat raw vegetables such as cherry tomatoes and cucumber!
Round 2
One downside is that there were no English translations at the buffet dishes and so when I grabbed this steamed bun I hoped it was 100% veggie steamed bun but that was unfortunate not the case. It was 50% veggie and 50% pork. Sigh, I gave it to my aunt.
Round 3
This is my third time scooping up and it`s also a transition between savory to sweet. Because I was starting to feel full and I really really want to safe space for dessert.
Crispy salmon fish chips!
This is why I want to reserve space for dessert
Because it`s all selfservice at Korean House and you can do whateva you want. Like the mango ice cream from above that I scooped up myself.
In line to make your own microwaved chocolate cupcake. It was more fun to make than to eat it but still.
I also made taiyaki pancakes which tasted yum and fresh!
ADDRESS: 9/F, Chong Hing Square, 601 Nathan Road, Mongkok - HONG KONG

FOOD: •••• 4/5
INTERIOR: •••• 4/5
SERVICE: ••• 3/5
PRICE: ••••· 4,⁵/5

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A foodie date with Gülşen

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A couple of weeks I had a foodie date with my old schoolmate and friend Gülşen (hiya!) in my favorite Dutch city Rotterdam. You might have seen Gülşen before in this post were me and her were in a canoe!
Anyway this time me and Gülşen have decided to take a relaxing one with food and good talks only where I also had the privilege to take Gülşen on her first dim sum/yum cha as well (and yes she's fan!)! Read it all below.  
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Een paar weken terug had ik een foodie-date met een oude klasgenoot en vriendin Gülşen (hoi!) in mijn favoriete stad Rotterdam. Misschien ken je Gülşen in een eerdere blogpost waar we samen gingen kanoën!
Dit keer hebben we besloten om het wat rustig aan te doen en ons richten op lekker eten en goede gesprekken. Ook mocht ik 
Gülşen onder andere meenemen voor haar eerste keer dim sum/yumcha (en ja ze is fan!)! Lees het allemaal hieronder.

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Lunch
Down with dim sum! It was also G. first dim sum as well. I gotta take her to an authentic restaurant of course which was at the Grand Garden in Rotterdam. Which was also my first time eating at this place too.
(the bottomline: G. likes to dim sum, woo!)
Grand Garden - Rotterdam - The Netherlands

Since G. was new to dim sum, the ordering of food was all on me. Well no problem at all! Since dim sum for beginners like G. herself can be quite overwhelming and so I chose dim sum dishes that are innocent and delicious.
Warming up and dealing with the chopsticks before the real deal is about to happen.
And don`t worry I slip sometimes too. These deep fried shrimps in a crispy coating were delicious by the way!
We also ordered:
Guys, behold, these are durian tarts and were pretty good! I was so surprised that Grand Garden had it on their menu!
Coffee break
After the dim sum lunch I took G. for a nice strong cup of Vietnamese coffee! Which was also G. first timer too.
Little V - Rotterdam - The Netherlands

And Little V just became my favorite new Vietnamese restaurant and all I had there was Vietnamese coffee. I mean, the interior only is beyond already and makes me feel like I am in some Asian country for a second. We didn`t order any food because me and G. were still full of the dim sum.
Even their restroom was worth picture snapping. #becauseiamweird
Time for coffee!
Vietnamese coffee in a special slow dripper with a layer of sweet condensed milk, delish!
Din din
Our final stop of our foodie date was also at a new restaurant called `Kaapse Maria`. I`m not so impressed by their food but their building and window views are surely my favorite feature.
Kaapse Maria - Rotterdam - The Netherlands

It turns out that the Kaapse Maria is a bar-restaurant kind of thing is and serves a quite big variations of beer, wine and other alcoholic. Me and G. were not that much of a drinker and so we ordered soda: lemon & cardamom and strawberry with tarragon herb.

I had the strawberry with tarragon and even though this combination is quite odd but o boy. It was very delicious and refreshing and I bet it would taste a lot better in a hot Summer day too!
We ordered:
1 vegetarian scallops
1 in boter gebraden platvis met pittige dip
Vegetarian scallops

When they are called `vegetarian` scallops and I am a vegetarian, I want to know what it`s made of. Turns out it was made of... daikon! I like this concept dish because it`s creative though the huge dollop of miso paste was way to salty making the dish way out of balance.
Butter pan seared flatfish

Kaapse Maria uses fishes that are accidentally caught in the mass fishing industry which would be thrown and wasted away. Me and G. were eating a enviromentally friendly fish! The fish was cooked quite good but I find the spicy broth dip a quite
missmatch.