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Kimchi Jjigae

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Seoul, January 2011 in Vienna, Austria

Imaging a cold winter night, it’s windy and raining outside or snowing or sometimes both. You went into this very crowded small restaurant, and as soon as you opened the door, the warm steamy air along with the smell of mouth-watering food came into your face. The hot Kinchi Jjigae (Korean stew-like hot pot) was still boiling when served. The tofu and the thinly-sliced pork belly meat soaked up the rich flavor of the kimchi soup….

This is why I always go back to this small place again and again, when the service is even not very friendly!

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March 27, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Cupcake Yet Again

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Gerstner, January 2011 in Vienna, Austria

Cupcake yet again. Vienna City is in love with cupcakes now, so am I.

Gerstner is one of my favorite pastry shop/café in Vienna and it is also one of the old K&K Hofzuckerbäckerei (appointed Imperial Court Confectioner) of Austria.

The café on the shopping street Kärntner Straße is not very spacious but elegantly decorated in sapphire color and dark wood chair with marble table, and is always, always full of people.

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March 1, 2011 at 12:11 am

Heidelbeer Topfen Schokolade Cupcake

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Home, February 2011 in Vienna, Austria

Cupcakes became very popular this year in Vienna. Many pastry shops, even some traditional Viennese Konditorei start to display these colorful little sweet things in their windows.

I got this one in Cup Cakes, a lovely cake shop where you feel the passion of the owner/cake designer immediately after entering. It’s with Heidelbeer (European blueberry) -Topfen cream and chocolate cake.

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February 11, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Matcha Latte

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Homemade, February 2011 in Vienna, Austria

I was in Japan last year and brought this small can of matcha from Uji, the ancient city that has been famous for green tea cultivation since centuries, after attending a tea ceremony.

Here’s an animation video on how to prepare matcha: http://www.ippodo-tea.co.jp/tea/matcha_01.html

*This matcha latte is with soy milk and muscovado sugar.

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February 2, 2011 at 11:41 am

Brötchen & Pfiff

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Trześniewski, August 2010 in Vienna, Austria

Die unaussprechlich guten Brötchen – the unspeakably good sandwiches –  is the motto of Trześniewski, one of locals’ favorite places for a quick bite in Vienna (well, the restaurant name is also unpronounceable to most German speakers).

Among more than 20 choices of mini bread, Speck mit Ei (i.e. bacon with egg) is the most popular one. Don’t forget to order a pfiff (1/8 l) of beer to go along with it.

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November 9, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Gebratene Weidegans

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Homemade, Christmas Eve 2009 in Vienna, Austria

Can’t say it’s typical, goose is our choice of “Festessen” (festive food in German, i.e. banquet or Christmas dinner) this year.

Stuffed with apples and marrons glacés (candied chestnuts) and grilled in oven, this traditional Austrian dish is served with Rotkraut, and instead of Serviettenknödel (dumpling) we made Kartoffelknödel (potato dumpling).

*Rotkraut is red cabbage prepared with sugar, onions, red wine, apples, and lingonberry jam

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December 26, 2009 at 12:05 am

Langoustine

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Hanner, May 2009 in Mayerling, Austria

This is the first time I have raw shrimp/lobster in European cuisine, and indeed Restaurant Hanner is famous for its creative dishes.

Creamy raw langoustine, fresh flower, green noodle, and crisply roasted sour-sweet black currant are not only fabulously arranged, but also  a great combination of texture and flavour.

*Langoustine is also called Norway lobster
*Michelin Guide

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May 30, 2009 at 10:12 pm