Well… as unapologetic as I might be about my scepticism for anything Friedrichshain, I never gave up on the district and – stop the press – here’s a new and utterly delicious reason to hit the always crowded streets around Boxhagener Platz: to get a bowl filled with intense broth and perfect ramen noodles at Hako, to sooth the pain of what seems like a once again never ending winter.
My disdain has made the rounds, I now receive emails asking me to explain myself, so I feel like this is kind of a redemption: I’m obviously open to Friedrichshain being not as bad as I thought, which is why I visited both newly opened Japanese noodle shops listed in the most recent Seriously: Ten New Places We Have to Visit article. And while the other unfortunately confirmed all my stereotypes, I was so happy to find out this one hits all the marks. Not only is the interior pleasantly low-key, the menu is concise, presenting classic ramen versions and a couple of mix ups, like the Tonkotsu Tan Tan, which combines the creamy sesame broth of a Tan Tan with a piece of braised pork belly. And there are three veggie / vegan options: Miso, Shio, and Tan Tan, the latter served with soy meat and an egg or shiitake mushrooms.
However, we started with edamame, a Sapporo beer and a little bowl full of pan-fried aubergines in soy sauce that were already so well balanced and delicious, my hopes were rising for my bowl of veggie tantan ramen coming up.
And there it was, the milky beige broth with dots of roasted sesame oil, a leaf of pak choi, an egg, the minced soy meat. Hidden underneath were the noodles, cooked perfectly right with a bit of bite remaining. And that was it.
My main concern with ramen is the broth anyway, I want something intense with multiple layers of flavour, something spicy and wholesome so that every spoonful feels like a much-needed hug. And yes, this one does all that and more.
It left me with that the satisfying feeling of a belly filled with warmth and goodness, which I crave from a good bowl of ramen.
A very, very good reason to come to Friedrichshain, indeed.
By the way, we met there at 6.30 and it wasn’t an issue to get two seats, however, it got quite crowded around 8, and a queue quickly formed. Nothing compared to what you have to deal with at Cocolo. Oh and if you’re asking how these compare: as it should be, the broths are different, so it’s a different experience. But quality-wise they’re pretty much head to head in my book.
This winter, I took a little break from cold and grey season and travelled from Berlin all the way south to Lisbon (and back), and I only returned this past weekend to a city that definitely has spring in the air, and I’m so glad. I settled in with a classic Kreuzkölln triple: breakfast and coffee at Okay, then I picked up a loaf at The Bread Station, and finished this round-trip off with a chai bagel at Brammibal’s. And while these favourites definitely made me excited to be back, I instantly wanted to work on finding new places to try out. Winter is a bit of a slow season for openings, but not entirely dire: we got some new places for Japanese soup, for fried food, and for sweets. Basically what we need to keep going through the last weeks of winter?
Of course, there’s been loads more openings, but as usual this is my personal top-interest list, sorted alphabetically. If you’ve visited one of these, please let me know what you thought about them in the comments! And if you think I missed a great new spot, let me know asap!
In case these are not enough new places, have you checked off all of these?
You might’ve seen this patisserie in France, Belgium, London, or even New York. And now at Olivaer Platz, where a French-Berlin couple opened the bakery and shop with special authorisation of founder Frédéric Vaucamps. Focus are obviously the Merveilleux, but there’s also brioche, croissants and all other kinds of sweet delights. Sounds delightful!
Olivaer Platz 2, 10707 Charlottenburg, Tue–Sat 07:00–19:00, Sun 07:00–16:00
The uber-successful vegan sweets business is expanding from its original Maybachufer location very much up north into the heart of bobo-Berlin, opening a new joint on busy Danziger Straße (taking over from a vegan ice cream parlor). There’s no doubt this one will be just as good and busy as their Kreuzkölln spot, their lil’ fried rings of goodness have fans all over the city, heck, all over the country.
Danziger Strasse 65, 10435 Prenzlauer Berg, opening early March
When the OG-Bully was done with gastronomy and decided to move back to South Germany, Behzad Karim-Khani und Achille Farese, known from Lugosi bar and Karloff (aka, my favourite Italian restaurant in the city), took a leap of faith and renovated and updated this lovely corner café. Don’t be scared, change is very good in this case and will bring you saffron milk rice tartes, licorice panna cotta, fresh juices, home-made cola (whaaaat), and home made brioches, ciabatta, and much more. Can’t wait to rediscover this former favourite.
Friedelstraße 7, 12047 Neukölln, Mon–Fri 09:00–19:00, Sat–Sun 10:00–19:00
Two opposite forces, basically: I love ramen, I do have very well known issues with Friedrichshain. I’ll definitely try this one, though, no question. Instagram is full of influencer praise, we’ll have to see what it’s worth.
Boxhagenerstrasse 26, 10245 Friedrichshain, Mon–Fri 17:00–22:00, Sat–Sun 15:00–22:00
One of the busiest initiatives to support refugees, especially with legal advice, Be an Angel e.V., just invested in a new and very interesting project: they took over a restaurant space and opened Kreuzberger Himmel, a Syrian restaurant operated by people who were forced to flee their countries and found a new home in Berlin. The food is Syrian, with hummus, kibbeh, maqlooba, mahashi judra and loads of more specialities.
Yorckstraße 89, 10965 Kreuzberg, Wed–Sun from 17:00
Folks, this is not a joke: there are two new ramen joints in the city, or better to say: in Friedrichshain. Just 500m away from Hako Ramen, Ramen x Ramen has set up shop, and besides offering the classics, it features a special vegan menu with three different bowls. Instagram praise is just as big as for the other one, but then ramen is one of the instagram-approved dishes, so we should make it a tour and try both spots in one trip.
Gabriel-Max-Str. 2, 10245 Friedrichshain, daily 12:00–24:00
You might have eaten something from Rødder, the Danish Smørrebrød enthusiasts, during one of their many pop-up stints in the past – end of last year, they finally found a home inside of foodie-heaven Markthalle Neun, where they’re now elaborately garnishing breads five days a week. Of course, everything’s local if possible, and definitely organic, from hering to chicken liver, kale to dill mayo. And they’re also offering cider with it, as well as some other treats from the north (you can even buy their pretty plates).
Eisenbahnstraße 42, 10997 Kreuzberg (inside Markthalle Neun), Tue–Sat 12:00–18:00, Thus til 22:00, Fri till 21:30
A new British gastropub has taken over the space where once was the Italian brio, and many years before, Little Otik, which helped pave the way for Berlin’s foodie reformation. A place loads of history! This new venture features small and big dishes to share, many of them with a focus on veggies, and a great selection of wines and drinks, and a pavlova for dessert! So I’ll definitely go and try at least that one.
Graefestr. 71, 10967 Kreuzberg, Wed–Sun 16:00–00:00
If you’re craving Southern US comfort food, namely grits, biscuits and gravy, and chicken waffles, this might be your place. Coming with an empty stomach seems mandatory, they don’t deal with light meals. However, they do brunch, heavy brunch perfect for a day with a hangover.
Lychener Str. 6, 10437 Prenzlauer Berg, Tue–Fri 17:00–22:00, Sat–Sun 10:00–16:00, 17:00–22:00
Berlin’s ripe for a pizza revolution, don’t you think? We just don’t have enough good pizza places in this city. A new one might be coming to Neukölln’s Weichselplatz very, very soon – Łukasz Sołowiej, founder and former chef of Zola at Paul Linke Ufer, is starting a new baking business with Darius Suski, a design dealer and collector, who already equipped the space with Bertoia chairs and an orange tiled brick oven by Stefano Ferrara. Fingers crossed!
Fuldastraße 31, 12045 Berlin, opening soon
The time has come, for us all to eat really spicy and hot food everyday. And lucky us, it’ll be an easy task: because finally, finally, finally, there’s a three-week-long pop-up series of ChungKing noodles lunch services. You remember ChungKing, don’t you? The delicious chilli noodle businesses set-up by Shanghai-born Ash Lee, creator of the Chī Fàn supper clubs? Well, if you don’t, you’re in for a treat. And if you do: you can have it every week from now on.
ChungKing will be a guest at Prenzlauer Berg’s The Hidden, this time covering the lunch service every Friday and Saturday for three weeks beginning Jan 12 until Jan 27.
She serves the classic dish, which originates in southwest China with her own chili oil, combined with noodles, her own broth, a number of condiments, and your topping of choice (either vegan or not). It’s so spicy, but still has so many layers of flavours, the memory of eating it will stay with you for days. At least until you get back and get another bowl.
A sweet, savory, spicy, salty, smokey, and sour year comes to an end. Berlin had it all: ups and downs and turn-it-all-arounds. With 69 articles, over 20 entirely new and very exciting spots, a re-designed online map, an ice-cream feast, a Veggie Bite Club, another round of successful clothing donations, and a very new printed map added to the stilinberlin family in 2017, it’s been a busy year with loads of dining, feasting, and yes, digesting on my side. Here’s a round-up of the most popular things on the blog this year.
For Berlin’s food scene itself its been an exciting year that came with a lot of challenges resulting out of the growing hype around food. One of the most peculiar occurrences that stuck with me was the explosion of certain food events on facebook. It’s been mind-boggling to me (and many others), considering their gimmicky appearance and more often than not rather lackluster appeal irl. Hosted mostly by dudes more interested in likes and shares who approach food with a start-up-mentality focussed on scaling, these blockbuster-style events have made it harder for real-life-players to gain attention. Peak-lunacy was reached when Thai park got its own fb page and event, liked and shared by thousands. Surprise, it’s not hosted by one of the Thai entrepreneurs present at the site, but more likely stemming out of the white guy group responsible for such gems as the Berlin Sushi / Kebap / Pizza / Poke Festival. It’s perhaps a natural development of the food craze that has been fed by me, you, and everyone I know, and all we can do is hold our breaths until it’s over and the vultures found a new scene to prey on.
Another rather unpleasant consequence that has seriously affected the development of the past year was the raised competition on the real estate market. I know quite the number of small-scale yet ambitious projects who are desperately looking for a space in a city, where every tenant of a former Imbiss is looking for a 100k as “key money”. Which oftentimes makes it necessary to find investors if you want to open a food business in a popular location, a task more difficult for chefs and entrepreneurs who’re not falling into the category that investors like to give their money to. Which results in ever more of the same concepts taking over the city: namely those, who have the skills to argue their alleged profitable prospects to people who have money. Is this the reason food-trend-exploiters and copycats take over many coveted spots? Can’t say for sure, but I for one am not a fan of the 2017 wave of poké-bowl joints customized to German mainstream .
This development has me slightly worried for the next steps ins Berlin’s food scene. Hype and craze and its many consequences can kill what could be a wholesome, diverse, exciting, and progressive home to those understanding food not as a profit-driven business opportunity, but as the most common element our society is resting upon. Everyone has to eat. Everyone wants to eat good. Everyone should be able to do so. Good food is not only benefiting its eater, but everything around us.
I promise to continue to focus on the small-scale and local, the artisanal and proficient, the ones focussed on quality and history, aware of their surroundings and influences, who strive forward. It’ll be an easy task, because they’re always the most delicious anyway.
Probably one of the best additions to Mitte in the past year was Commonground, the food and drinks place on the ground floor of Circus Hotel at busy Rosenthaler Platz. It’s managed by the crew behind Friedrichshain’s brunch and coffee powerhouse Silo, which means it has morning food options galore: a seriously delicious avocado on toast (they’re Australian, after all), velvety scrambled eggs, and a smashing french toast (pictured above), plus their very own very good coffee. Read more here.
Another until now peripheral player moved very much Mitte this year and added some pizazz: in a minimalist, chic environment dominated by a terrazzo bar, Five Elephant serves excellent coffee as well as a big selection of little cakes on fashionable Alte Schönhauser Straße – unlike their Kreuzberg joint, this one presents them in a more bourgeois kinda shape. Their bestseller, the cheese cake, comes in circular form with the crust formed as a bowl holding the cream. I personally think the cream-crust-ratio is just not right in that version, but the single components are delicious anyway. Read more here.
This general store and café has done loads of growing up in the past years, from a small and almost cramped space to a light and airy hall filled with excellent goodies. Not only are they serving one of my current favourite salads, they’re also a good spot to shop the stilinberlin map! Read more here.
After doing the Berlin’s Best Bread test for three years, I was hoping to expand this concept to the cinnamon bun. Turns out there’re plenty buns, just not a lot of great ones. Let’s hope this test inspires some delicious sticky-sweet wheels. Read more here.
This place is a beautiful paradise north of Berlin: a farm-to-table restaurant in the midst of a forest, with farmlands (don’t missen the frozen Brussel sprout trees) and loads of fun animals (that donkey!). The menu of the family-run business is composed of what they grow, plus a couple add-ons. Read more here.
I’ve said it last week already, Kin Dee is one of my fav openings of the year. The Thai restaurant is under the direction of head chef Dalad Kambhu and restaurant manager Moritz Estermann, and serves creative, joyful, and intense Thai food using local ingredients. Read more here.
This one’s definitely the most anticipated day in my office (left-overs!), and mine too – this was the fourth time I called in a jury to taste breads from Berlin’s best bakers to find the one to celebrate for the year to come. Find the results here.
I / we all fell for Sweethearts head over heals beginning of the year, not only because of its awesome looks (that lovely garden), but the sweet staff and excellent menu of brunch dishes (Käsespätzle topped with a poached egg!). But after only six months (the highlight being a frozen feast of ice cream), it all ended rather suddenly due to outside factors neither them nor we could’ve influenced. It’s questionable whether there’ll be a come-back, so let’s indulge in sweet memories… Read more here.
This is a sweet smasher of a guide – I’ve tasted as much ice cream as I could to bring you a list of scrumptious scoops. Unfortunately, most of the spots are currently enjoying their well deserved hiatus. But prepare yourself for the start of the season and read more here.
I’ve done it, I made a list of my favourite ten places to eat… Why? To celebrate the relaunch of the online map where you can now save your favs.
The list is still and definitely valid now, and I for one can’t wait to have more of the delicious Syrian sweets you see in the above picture. Find the whole list here.
One of my favourite openings of the year was without a doubt Kin Dee, the Thai restaurant under the direction of head chef Dalad Kambhu and restaurant manager Moritz Estermann that took over the space of renown Edd’s in the spring. From the start, Dalad made a point of focussing on the strengths of her home country’s cooking: fresh, high quality ingredients and intense herb & spice mixes. That’s why she rather uses local produce like kohlrabi or radishes than imported veggies, and makes all her pastes in house. And much to my delight, she also included plenty vegetarian dishes from the beginning. By now, nine months after opening their doors, there’s a full on vegetarian menu with many new dishes, that I can very much recommend. And for all you non-veggie friends out there: the meat and fish options are seriously delicious as well, my fellow eaters usually drool over the confit octopus with Kaprao sauce, some of them saying it’s the best they’ve ever eaten.
Yum Makeua – grilled eggplant
When it comes to Thai food in Berlin, it’s not as easy as I would like to get vegetarian options. One of my fav places on Kantstraße, Papaya, unfortunately has very little veggie options on the menu, so I tend to eat the same curry every time I’m there (it’s really good, though. And all their meat is sustainably sourced from Neuland butchers). Kin Dee’s veggie dishes are much more creative than anything I’ve seen in Berlin, Dalad’s food is so joyful thanks to its many herbs and spices, the complexity of flavours, and obviously the presentation on that gorgeous ceramics. I especially love that one green sauce made of loads of cilantro, chilli, and lime, which is, yes, spicy, but also fruity and sweet and much more. I eat it straight from the bowl, just to experience that flavour rollercoaster again and again.
There’s one thing parting ways with vegetarian Thai food though: the fish sauce. Asking Dalad to do a menu without fish sauce is possible if done a couple days in advance, however, it’s not her favourite thing to do. I think it’d be an interesting challenge for her to develop her own dishes without fish sauce, but it’s really not my place to judge. When I asked her about her approach to vegetarian cooking, she said: “At Kin Dee, we’re making Thai food like what we eat in our home country. There are so many dishes without meat in Thailand, as a matter of fact, no dinner would be complete without a sautéed vegetable dish. But most of these are seasoned with fish sauce or oyster sauce, it’s part of our cuisine. Using a seafood seasoning is a solid element and we’re very proud of it. I personally think Thai food is not very meat-heavy, and it’s always about being in harmony with nature. Herbs, spices, and vegetables are the main components and part of our culture and heritage, which I try to carry on. When I make vegetarian food at Kin Dee, I always check prior whether the guests are okay with the Thai ways of seasoning. Most of the time even vegans are willing to try once I explain that it’s a part of our culture, which I’m trying to preserve. But if someone let’s us know ahead of time, we can easily prepare a menu without it.”
Green vegetable curry
Tang Yang Pad Kai, creamy oyster mushroom over grilled cucumber, and Yum Tangua, cucumber salad with toasted peanuts.
If the disclaimer is still necessary, here it is: I tolerate fish sauce seasoning at Thai places. So here’re my fav dishes: definitely the glass noodle salad with pickled radishes, the tang yang pad kai, the eggplants with grilled eggplant powder (that come with such a great sauce), the green curry with squash, zucchini and eggplant is also delicious, as well as the mushroom and cabbage Gang Orm. Dalad says, it’s one of Thailand’s most famous soups that’s not nearly as known outside of the country. The key ingredient for her is the dill. But seriously, don’t miss out on the green cilantro sauce, it comes with fish dishes, but I’d just be bold enough to ask for an extra serving.
Kin Dee is a menu, not an á la carte restaurant, and the price of the menu is 45 Euro, all dishes are served to share and come with red and white rice.
Transparency note: I’ve had the vegetarian menu twice in the last weeks, to one of them, I was invited by Kin Dee. I started the other with a Thai Gin Tonic, and I’d highly recommend you do the same.
The other day, I more or less spontaneously ended up at a brunch pop-up by Ma-Makan at Home, the coffee shop in Neukölln’s Jonasstraße: chef Kaylin Eu served Nasi Lemak, curry puffs, and onde onde. And wow, that Malaysian breakfast spread was so delicious, fresh, spicy, herby, and just all of everything I wanted to have on that particularly rainy and cold day.
Her Nasi Lemak was rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf, served with roasted peanuts, cucumber, and a home-made spicy sambal chili paste, crispy tempeh (or, more traditional, crispy anchovies), an egg, and either a Sri Lanken eggplant moju with loads of spices, curry leaves, and tomatoes (8 Euro), or a Singaporean asam fish curry with tamarind and lemongrass (9 Euro). Or both for 11 Euro. The fragrance of an intense curry before midday is going to wake you up in all the right ways, if you know what I mean.
Kaylin Eu started Ma-Makan just in the beginning of 2017 after moving to Berlin two years ago from her hometown Melbourne, where her parents immigrated over 40 years ago from Singapore. For now, she’s into perfecting the simple and delicious dishes she grew up with, starting with the Malaysian and Singaporean favourite, Nasi Lemak, which she serves in different variations at each of the pop-ups she’s doing. And she already promised there’ll be more dishes once she perfected them.
You can find her food at different pop-up locations around the city, best is to follow her facebook and instagram. And if you catch her, order at least one serving of the very fresh and hot curry puffs: a flaky and buttery shortcrust pastry filled with curried potato, sweet potato, carrots and peas, to be dipped in a sweet chilli and coriander sauce.
After taking a time-off in her home in Australia (and in Singapore to raid the recipes of her 97 year old grandma), she’ll definitely be back at Home in February or March. I can’t wait.
I’m usually not one to hold off recommendations, there’s no secret list of places I want to keep to myself, however, this one took a while and I have eaten here more than once since my first time in the summer. It’s so, so, so delicious, I’m getting hungry just writing this, so I’m sorry I’m telling you just now… however, better late than never: here’s a really good Indian restaurant in Wilmersdorf called Bahadur.
First time I’ve heard of Bahadur was actually through Bite Club, the street food party by the Spree, where they brought a smaller tandur oven to grill paneer and meat on a spit, and served it with veggies and bread. The flavours were very promising, intense, and quite spicy. So I couldn’t wait to taste the full spread at their restaurant. Located in a side-street that I’ve never been to before hearing of this restaurant, Bahadur doesn’t look much different from other places, except it’s certainly not dealing with any type of “exotic” decorations.
The menu is big, and everything sounds super tasty, so what I usually do is to go for the thali, a big plate with Bhatoora, rice, pickles, raita, and three different dishes, selected to compliment each other. I also like to add some super freshly fried samosas to the mix, as well as whatever specials are on the seasonal menu. Let me tell you, this place is proper spicy. I made the mistake to overdo it more than once, and had to gulp down a big lassi to ease my sensitive German tastebuds.
However, all the dishes are delicious – freshly made from scratch, they are distinctively different and a refreshing change from most of the Indian food places in Berlin, which often seem to be very concerned about the mellow expectations of their predominantly white audience.
However, Bahadur ist already pretty popular and hence crowded, reservations are very recommendable, especially on weekends. And let the (super nice) staff recommend you a dessert.
PS, this, and many other places to have delicious food, is also on the new stilinberlin map, which you can order for just 9,90 here.
You probably know Hallesches Haus as one of the most instagram-ready places in Berlin, with a light filled café space adorned with loads of hanging plants and raw wood and black steel furniture. It makes a perfect background for your next hundreds of sosh-meeds likes. However, it’s not only about aesthetics at the Haus, but about serving scrumptious and contemporary breakfast, brunch and lunch fare. I went back to check their new menu und let me tell you, they’re currently making my favourite green salad in Berlin.
Here is the beauty, and certainly, if you think of tired lettuce leafs and a basic vinaigrette when I use the word salad, you’ll be surprised. I call everything salad that has raw ingredients and some kind of dressing, in this case, it’s shredded Brussel sprouts (often underrated as a raw ingredient), broccoli, fresh peas, zucchini, avocado, black sesame, pumpkin seeds, and a scallion dressing. They call it Ultra Green Bowl and sell it for 9,50 Euro, and it certainly isn’t for those who rather gulp down their meals, these raw veggies require some considerate chewing. However, it’s a great combination, utterly delicious, a salad I’d always come back for.
But we obviously had to add something less raw to make it a real feast: we also chose the smoked aubergine with braised lentils, tahini and preserved lemons (8,90 Euro), as well as ham hock hash, potato and ham Rösti, savoy cabbage, tomato chutney and an egg (10,00 Euro). And we couldn’t not order their French Toast, which they’re now serving every day. Made from Sironi’s sourdough bread, seasonal fruits, Greek yoghurt, ginger sirup and delicious hazelnuts (8,50 Euro).
Yeah, true, a bit much for a lunch if you want to work later. But we just cancelled all afternoon plans and took a long walk instead. There’re loads more new goodies on the menu, but I would definitely come back for that bowl of salad anytime. It’s still tough to find a bowl of greens that is well rounded and delicious, and not just sturdy so-called superfoods. Luvit.
Just so you know, this is one of 100 places featured on the new edition of my Best Places in Berlin map, which you can order here.
Transparency Note, we were invited to have this lunch by Hallesches Haus.
The map has arrived! Clad in bright Pantone orange, the new and updated edition of the Best Places in Berlin map is a stunner – easily doubling as a mood-brightener during grey winter days. First and foremost, it’s a collection of over 100 excellent places in Berlin to eat, drink, shop, and have fun. All of them were carefully selected by yours truly – only small-scale and independent businesses run by locals (albeit locals from all over the world). And it’s available to order now!
The map covers freshly opened restaurants like Thai newcomer Kin Dee, as well as old favorites like brunch powerhouse Silo Coffee. It’s not only about (justly!) in-vogue places such as the internationally renowned Voo Store, but I’m also showering love on less flashy places that still are very much worth your while — the brightly lit Chinese restaurant Da Jia Le, for instance. It reveals my most beloved destinations to shop for fashion, beauty, interior design, and books. So whether you’re a proud Berlin resident or a temporary/prospective one, let this map be your guide!
This edition was designed by Fondazione Europa, and it was printed in Austria. You can order it for just 9,90 Euro here, we ship worldwide.
Oh yes, it’s cold outside. And what we Germans call ungemütlich, which is so much more than uncomfortable, more like the opposite of cosy, a complete lack of comfort… What helps, you ask? A big bowl of spicy and numbing Chongqing Noodles! They’re rare in Berlin, I only know one place to get them: at ChungKing Noodles, who’re having a pop up next week in Prenzlauer Berg!
ChungKing Noddles is run by Ash Lee, who you might already know from her insanely delicious Chī Fàn supper clubs. She set up her noodle business during the summer at various Bite Clubs, but since this hot dish is really needed during the winter, she’ll do a couple of pop-ups in the coming months. The next one is happening on Monday at The Hidden in Prenzlauer Berg, where she’ll take over the lunch service with her spicy bowls.
Now when I say spicy, I seriously mean spicy. This dish originates in Chongqing, a major city in southwest China. Ash prepares her version with her own chili oil, combined with noodles, her own broth, a number of condiments, and your topping of choice (either veggie or not). It’s a dish I sometimes struggle to eat, it’s so spicy, but I can’t ever stop to try, because it’s also much more than only spicy – there are so many different levels of flavours, it surprises me all the time. Can’t wait for next Monday!
Ash with a bowl of her well stirred Chongqing noodles.