Dear (food) diary, sometimes I wonder if the world will ever run out of delicious foods that I haven’t tried before… which is a frightening thought. Luckily I’m no where near that point yet, and I’m always still surprised by wonderful dishes I’ve never tried before! I love it! So here is my little collection of foods I ate outside of the Cheese and Chinese household this month, some new eats and some “classics”.
In Stadscafe van Mechelen (Amsterdam) we paired some Belgium beers with these lovely BBQ chicken wings. I’m tempted to say that they just went so well together.. but lets be real.. chicken wings go with pretty much anything. These BBQ wings were insanely juicy and the BBQ sauce had the perfect smoky flavor. Not too overwhelming, just perfect. Oh and yes, these wings are what inspired us to make some of our own a couple days later.
Awhhhh yeh. Look at that beautiful sushi and sashimi! If there was some sort of food modeling competition, these babies would definitely win. I think Sushi and sashimi are probably one of the prettiest foods (I know, that’s kinda weird). But besides that, it was also absolutely delicious. The fish here, at Hosokawa (Amsterdam), was super duper fresh and just incomparable to any of those all-you-can-eat sushi places. After this meal I officially decided that I am never going to an all-you-can-eat sushi place again. Well maybe.. if I’m broke and I really need to desperately satisfy a sushi craving.. then maybeee.. After a delicious miso soup, we had the chef’s selection of three kinds of sashimi, which was salmon, tuna and yellow tail. Then we had the spicy tuna roll (sorry I forgot to take a picture) and an inside-out roll with marinated wagyu beef and ginger. In all honesty, I probably would not have chosen the wagyu beef roll myself, because I’m all about that fish sushi, but the chef convinced us to try it. And oh boy, I definitely didn’t regret it. How do I describe this.. well.. it was just a crazy flavor explosion. You’re gonna have to take my word for it and try this roll the next time you see it on a menu. Last but not least, we had some nigiri with fatty tuna, langoustine, yellow tail, tuna, octopus and tomago. Again, it was all just to die for.
The other night I was having a late study night and I couldn’t resist the temptation of getting some take out from this lovely Indonesian place (Toko Kokkita). I ordered daging bali with spicy green beans and bahmi. Daging bali is an amazing spicy beef stew. This wasn’t the first time I ordered from this place and it definitely won’t be the last.
Deja vu (Hilversum) is another amazing place I’ve been to before, and another place I’ll keep coming back to. We started out with a lamb rillette, which was very rich in flavor. This was followed by a tartar of gambas with a stock/soup of eel fillet and spring onion. Excuse me if I get the exact terminology of this dish wrong, but regardless, it was absolutely divine. I don’t recall ever having something like this before, but I loved it. I’ll have to try it again to figure out exactly how it was made so that I can attempt to make it myself one day #lifegoals. After this we had an oriental flavored mackerel. Again, this was divine and I’ve never had a mackerel prepared in this way. I want more!! Next we had a gurnard and a scallop on black risotto. Both the gurnard and the scallop were perfectly soft, juicy and flavorful, and they went so well with the black risotto!
It was another heavenly month full of mouthwatering foods. Hmm I wonder what next month has in store for me.