A friend of mine and I went to Paris with the train. We were lucky that the sky was beautiful blue for three days and had a nice time there. Since my friend lived there for a while before, she knew a lot of great places to eat out. One of the restaurant she took me was Pottoka. It is a very cozy place and a bit hidden, so you need to be careful not to pass. People there were very friendly and nice. The meal was very unique in taste and color, which I really enjoyed. This is definitely one of the places that I want to go again.
When I miss Korean food, I go to this place called “Misoga” which is close to Kunsthause in Zurich. One of my favorite dishes is Yukkejian. It is a bit spicy but when it’s snowing outside like now, it is a perfect dish to keep you warm. Normally they bring you some side dishes such as lotus roots and kimchi as a starter so you can try different tastes.
This is a light dinner when we don’t feel like eating too much and heavy foods. The meal for today is a vegetable rice ball wrapped with soy beans curd and a thick soy sauce base dip sauce. Rice is seasoned with soy sauce, sake, mirin, and mixed with small diced carrots, shitake, and bamboo. If you have burdock, it also takes good to include. A soy beans curd is also called “Yuba” in Japanese. When I visited Kyoto this March/April, I bought some dried ones, which can be stored for long time. It is a kind of specialty from there.
As a side dish, some small fish, shrimps, shells and beans, which are seasoned quite salty (soy sauce base) give a punch to relatively soft taste rice ball with soy beans curd.
Pumpkin cookies tastes and looks like a pumpkin. It is made of an asian pumpkin, which is less watery and rather dense in consistency and sweeter compared to butternut, for example. Its skin is dark green and it has big white seeds inside. It tastes similar to sweet potatoes to some extent.