Archive | September, 2012

Chili Pork Singaporean Jerky (Bakkwa)

27 Sep

This original Singaporean jerky is quite sweet when you eat it and also a little bit spicy. I don’t know exactly how it is made, but I know it is slightly grilled before they stack it up as you can see above . I also do know that you can find it almost everywhere in Singapore, and as you can see it is also quite popular. If you like meat and if you are in Singapore, you should taste these sweet slices of meaty goodness.

 

 

Dinner at Café Des Arts

26 Sep

The dinner I ate at Café Des Arts in Antwerp was already a long time ago. The dinner was delicious nonetheless and worthy of posting. As you can see the dinner started nicely with a fine Belgian beer. As I am more of a beer lover than a beer connoisseur I just ordered a ‘Belle-Vue Gueuze’ since it was listed on the menu and I guessed it would be a Belgian beer. After ordering the beer the waiter looked strangely at me and asked me if I was really sure. Since this confused me a little bit I asked him why he said that to me. He replied by saying that the ‘Belle-Vue Gueuze’ was normally only ordered by old (elderly?) people. I ordered it anyway.
The beer tasted very unusual, having a distinct sour taste. Not bad though, just different.

Then the highlight of any meal: the food. I ordered a beef stew with fries and some Belgian mayonnaise on the side. When you see this picture above, don’t be afraid. That wasn’t all. I got my beef stew in a pan that the waiter put on the table, then he opened the pan and served the stew right there on the table. The fries were delivered in baskets that were even refilled when we were eating.

The black pan was filled with beef stew.

Whilst eating, I ordered another Belgian beer. This time a Hoegaarden Grand Cru, which is a more regular beer. Still good though.

This steak with pepper sauce was the dish my girlfriend ordered. It was good, but nothing out of the ordinary.

The good thing about Café Des Arts was definitely the location since it is near to the train station and also next to the crossroad that connects the busy Keyserlei and Meir. We were sitting on a table next to the window and we could see all the people pass by which was fun. Also, although I don’t know if it is regular policy at Café Des Arts or not, our waiter was really nice and gave us some more service than usual.

Döner Kebab at Dönerland, Amsterdam

21 Sep

After being absent on this blog for over two months, I’m back! The long absence wasn’t really planned, but unfortunately unavoidable. The good thing though is that I did not stop taking pictures of all the great, great food I ate. So, there is a lot to look out for.

But first this absolutely fantastic döner kebab I ate the other week. While visiting my friend N. we didn’t really wanted to cook and he told me he knew a place where they serve great döner kebab: “the best döner kebab of Amsterdam” to be precise;). Although I haven’t eaten enough döner in Amsterdam to really give it that title, I can assure you that it was the best that I have eaten in Amsterdam so far. Although I prefer veal above chicken when eating my döner kebab, N. convinced me to try the chicken. I was not disappointing. Oh what a great döner kebab it was. We settled for the large chicken döner kebab which costed 4 euros 50. This is not an expensive price since you will pay a lot more for a regular kebab at other döner places in Amstedam. Furthermore, what made it worth it were the big döner kebabs that we got which were not only filled properly with meat, but also had a great distribution inside. Don’t you hate it when you get a döner kebab that has all the meat on the bottom of the bun and all the vegetables on top? This döner kebab had both meat and vegetables evenly distributed which meant that you got a bit of both with every bite. Another really nice touch was that you had the sambal sauce and the garlic sauce on the table in a squeeze bottle. For those of you with experience, it means drowning your döner kebab in sauce after every bite!

To complete this simple yet delicious meal, the owners of the place offered us some Turkish tea since we were sitting in the place for our meal:

Yes ladies and gentleman, it was a great eating experience indeed.

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