My Berlin Cooking Experience

In Singapore, I hardly cook. Usually, Uripah, my domestic worker, will be the one who cooks. If not, food is cheap and can be easily bought from hawker centers. Sometimes it is even cheaper to buy from outside rather than cook it yourself.But here in Berlin, where I want to become more independent, I have started to cook some simple dishes.

Instant Noodles

The first thing that I cook was instant noodles and eggs. Instant noodle is one of the greatest inventions by the Japanese. It is so convenient to cook and it provides a filling meal. But of course, you can’t eat this everyday as there is a lot of MSG(sodium) which is bad for your health. Yes, it is easy and fast to cook, it only takes 3 minutes, but I was quite proud of myself when it was completed.

Spaghetti

Yes, the all-time favourite thing amongst students is Spaghetti. It is also easy to cook as you only need to buy the sauce and add it to the noodles. Furthermore, it is very filling as well. I normally cook sausages and an egg to go with the noodles, so that I can have a complete meal.

Fish Fingers & Sausage

Actually, this is not counted as cooking; it’s just merely heating up frozen food like fish fingers and putting the sausages into the oven. And after 15 minutes, you have a meal!

Hmm, it sounds as if I can’t cook. But that’s really the case. I really can’t. I have some friends here who can whip up a nice hearty meal. For instance, they can cook beef stew and white asparagus. Well, I guess I should learn from them and experiment myself. I have 2 more months to try and experiment. Who knows, maybe I’ll fall in love with cooking.

Bye (:

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Chinese Food

Yup, as a Chinese, I am proud that there are many Chinese dishes that are delicious and well-loved by people from all over the world!

When I went to London, I could not help but miss eating Chinese food. So, I visited the Four Seasons  Restaurant @ 12 Gerrard Street Chinatown in London.

   

Four Seasons is famous for their roast duck, as you can see by looking at the roast ducks hung up for display at the front of their shop.

The Chinese usually eat plain white rice with a lot of different dishes which flavours range from hot & spicy to sweet & sour. Normally, the whole table will be filled with many dishes. It is a sight to behold. Now, let me introduce you to some famous Chinese dishes!

Roast Duck, 烧鸭 

 

Four Seasons uses their own secret recipe to marinate the duck. After that, the duck is then roasted  until the skin becomes crispy and the meat is juicy. It was simply wonderful. As it is cooked using the Hong Kong style, I feel that it tastes better than the roast duck that I eat in Singapore. What a surprise! Although it is fattening to eat the skin, I still ate it as that is the best part of the dish as it is crispy and the meat tastes better when eaten together with the skin too.

Sweet & Sour Pork, 酸甜猪肉

 

I absolutely love this dish. It is one of my favourite Chinese dishes. It tastes sweet and sour at the same time because pineapples are added to the dish to give it its sour taste. The pork is coated with flour and then deep fried, so that it is crispy on the outside, but tender on the inside. Furthermore, it is easy to eat as the meat is cut into bite-sized pieces, so you can just pop it into your mouth.

Tofu, 豆腐

 

Tofu is another one of my favourites. I eat Tofu almost daily in Singapore! It apparently makes your skin look smooth and silky. It is healthy as it is made from soya milk and is low in calories but high in calcium, so it is good for your bones. Although it tastes a bit bland on its own, it is normally cooked with a sauce or together with vegetables to give it some taste.

Char Siew & Roasted Pork, 叉烧烧肉

 

The pork is roasted until the skin is crispy, and is prepared the same way as the duck. The meat is tender and the salty sauce is quite addictive. This is a popular dish too as it is a good combination when eaten together with rice.

I highly recommend this place as the ambiance is homely and the food is good. Furthermore, the price is reasonable for the standard of food. However, do take note that the service may be a bit bad as the place is always full and they have many customers and orders. But I suppose the most important factor is that the food is delicious!

Maybe I’ll visit a Chinese restaurant in Berlin and find out if it tastes good or not.

Bye (:

p.s: For more information on Four Seasons Restaurant in London, please visit their website @ http://ukfourseasons.com/

Another Berlin Food Haunt <3

Fish & Chips @ NORDSEE

Yup, that’s correct. Nordsee is the place to satisfy your fish/seafood cravings. To me, it is like the fast-food chain for fish and chips and fish burgers. That’s because there’s always a Nordsee nearby and their service is fast and efficient. The prices are also quite reasonable too, with Fish & Chips and the XXL Fish Burger selling for just €2.99!

I love the way they serve their Fish & Chips in. It looks like a cone stuffed with delicious food. It is a unique way to serve it in especially if people order a take-away.

Hmm, maybe one day, someone will buy their franchising rights and open a Nordsee outlet in Singapore! Well, let’s hope that it happens, then, I can satisfy my cravings back in Singapore. I am sure it will be a bit hit amongst Singaporeans.

Brautwurst

Yes, Germany is famous for their Brautwurst! The Brautwurst is a long sausage served together with a bun, tomato and mustard sauce. It was my first time trying the sausage and I loved it. It’s different from those frozen sausages that we have in Singapore. The meat taste fresh and is chewy too. It’s good to eat this on a cold and rainy day because the Brautwurst is pippin hot and will surely be a joy to eat. It is affordable too, with a price range of €1.20-1.50.

Near shopping centers, there are many guys who carry their stalls on their backs. This is an interesting sight as there is no such thing in Singapore. I admire them as they are able to multi-task and stand on their feet all day long. I observed how they operate and found out that they are very skillful. It only takes them less than 1 minute to serve a brautwurst with bun! So it’s good for people who are rushing for time and want to have a quick snack or for afternoon tea.

Bye (:

A restaurant experience in Berlin – Eating Pork Knuckles!

Pork Knuckles @ Georg Braeu

When my sister came to visit me, I wanted to bring her to eat traditional German food. So I went online and searched for a restaurant to take her to. There were several restaurants that popped up, but I chose to visit Georg Braeu because of their rave reviews.

Georg Braeu is centrally located and is within walking distance from the Berliner Dome. When we reached there, the place was packed with people. We had to wait to find seats indoors as it was cold sitting outside. The place exuded a warm atmosphere, partly because there were a many people, but mainly because of the warm lighting used as well as a comfortable dining area.

We ordered the famous roasted Pork Knuckles. We didn’t realize how huge it was until the waitress served us the plate. IT WAS HUGE! It was served together with sauerkraut and potatoes. We had to stuff ourselves in order to eat finish the whole thing. But it was worth it. The meat was tender and the juice of the meat spilled out with every bite.

Even though the bill amounted to €30.45 (which was considered a lot to a student like me), it was truly an experience eating traditional German food in a traditional restaurant. I wouldn’t mind going to other restaurants and try other German food.

Bye (:

p.s: Here’s the link to Georg Braeu’s website for more information about the address and opening hours as well as for their menu list: http://www.georgbraeu.de/

Berlin Food <3

I love eating good food. Eating good food is an enjoyment in life, especially if it’s one of the most famous food in Berlin. There are many good food in Berlin, but Berlin is famous for Currywurst and Doner Kebab!

Currywurst

Currywurst is basically just sausage with a spicy sauce added to it. Although it sounds so-so, it tastes good. The sausage is so thick and the sauce has a unique flavor to it. It is sprinkled with paprika flakes on the top, to give it an extra ounce of spiciness. It is usually eaten with fries or bread. I love it because I love spicy food, especially curry.

‘Curry 36’ located @ the exit of the U-Bahn Mehringdamm station is the most popular stall with the locals and tourists. There is always a queue there, but fret not, the queuing time is quite short as they provide a fast service.

Doner Kebab

Doner kebab is a Turkish dish, however, there are many stalls selling this Turkish delight! Almost every street will have a stall selling it. As you can see from the picture, it looks so appetizing with the bun being stuffed with meat and vegetables. Oh my, just by looking at the picture, it makes me drool. It is also fun to eat it as it will be a messy affair. You will have to take a BIG BITE, if not, the filling will drop out and trust me, you wouldn’t want to waste that.

To try a doner kebab, I would recommend the stall ‘Mustafa’s Gemuse Kebap’ located @ the exit of the U-Bahn Mehringdamm station. There’s always a long queue of people waiting to grab their doner! Well, their secret is that they use chicken meat instead of pork, which makes the meat tenderer and juicier. They also add potatoes into the doner, which is indeed a special and surprising addition because I love potatoes.

Here’s a shout-out to local Berliners: If you happen to know any stall which sells good Currywurst and Doner Kebab, please tell me! I would love to try other stalls and give my review.

Bye (:

p.s: To get your fix of food, go to the U-Bahn Mehringdamm station. You can get both the Currywurst and Doner Kebab (: