Spending few months in my hometown was a chance to rediscover this city, reconnect with friends and family and find many great places to eat and drink that were totally new to me. I am certain that whenever back in town I will be revisiting many of them.
Start is one of my favourite local places. It is a perfect choice for lunch or dinner and will please both vegans and meat eaters. I am still dreaming about the taste of their lentil shepherd’s pie and do not even get me started on a selection of cakes. Fantastic flavours, reasonable prices, friendly staff plus this place is located not too far away from the city center. Could it get any better?
Start Restauracja Poznan
My first sleeper train ride during this trip was very comfortable so I arrived in Xian rested and full of energy to explore the capital city of Shaanxi Province, a place with important ancient past and once eastern departure point of the Silk Road.
I included a visit to Xian in my travel plans to see the famous Terracotta Army. I first found out about Emperor Qin Shi Huang and his warriors back in 2008 when the British Museum organised and presented The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army exhibition in London. With the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing that year China was on everyone’s lips and there were many cultural events and significant media coverage dedicated to this blockbuster exhibition. Learning about this archaeological discovery and the Emperor, who wanted to rule in the afterlife was incredible and I promised myself that one day I will go to China to admire this impressive site.
The Terracotta Army
Dumplings, noodles and 40 days in China! My plan was to try a variety of dishes, snacks and drinks. Shanghai was my first stop on the culinary map of this huge country and I was happy to spend time with my friend Shen Nan, a passionate foodie, who introduced me to some Shanghai food classics.
Shengjian mantou is a type of small, pan-fried dumpling, which is a specialty of Shanghai. They are slightly bigger than other Chinese dumplings that I tried before and except a filling include hot broth. Soft top and crispy base were tasty and a perfect combination. Just be careful as fried dumplings get very hot and kind of addictive.
“Korean spicy is good spicy” said to me the owner of the hostel where I stayed while in Seoul. Well, yes I cannot disagree but Korean food is very fiery in my opinion. I am not exactly a whimp when it comes to hot food but when I tried rice cakes in chili sauce for the first time I quickly needed to grab my glass of water and afterwards a tissue as my eyes watered kind of embarrassing but what can you do?
Korean street food
Kimchi is another spicy Korean classic. It is a fermented cabbage served often as a side dish in many restaurants or as a standalone dish, for example as a kimchi soup that nearly killed me once. Many Koreans have a special fridge to keep their beloved kimchi. Thats is dedication! Continue Reading
I knew okonomiyaki from London and the thought of all that cabbage together with a pancake was not appealing to me and I decided to sample and try other dishes or snacks.. until I arrived in Hiroshima and discovered a great place serving this speciality round the corner from my hostel. Sitting in front of that sizzling okonmiyaki magic was one of my foodie highlights.
I love tea so it was a treat to try high quality Japanese tea and especially traditional green tea, which uses matcha, a fine powder tea. I think it even helped me to get rid of my jet lag! Many sushi restaurants also offer matcha powder for you to prepare your own tea. Amazing!
Green Tea Powder