It’s supposed to be a sunny spring afternoon, but as April would have it…there was some rain, gray skies and quite cold winds for this time of the year. It does happen often in April, dubbed as the crazy-weather month that does what it likes in this part of Europe. The sky would have been perfect in blue, as a backdrop for the tulips that I, unfortunately, didn’t see much this season.
^By the Natural Science museum
Summer just flew by like that. Now, we only had photos to reminisce what had gone by. Still with Dexter, just walking around the 1st district, we headed to the Museumsquartier and the twin museums opposite it. It was past 12…we had late breakfast but I bet the kids would be complaining anytime soon so we just headed down the Naschkmarkt (naschen means to nibble or snack on), Vienna’s most popular market…although I don’t really know other markets around except for those appearing shortly on Saturdays under train stations. :/
The Naschmarkt has a variety of stalls where one can buy fresh fruit and vegetables from around the world, there are also exotic herbs, different types of cheese, baked goods – as bread, kaiser rolls, and torte, meats, and seafood. There have also been a lot of restaurants which offer different cuisines…there you’ll find the freshest sushi, kebab, fish, seafood and of course traditional viennese food such as Kaiserschmarrn or Palatschinken.
I often buy fresh seafood for sushi here. There’s also our favorite Japanese restaurant, Tokori. It used to have mostly Chinese and Filipino crews but when we came back last time, there are no familiar face to be seen. It seems the management changed over the months or perhaps the year prior. There stood a man in black who seem to be the owner now, manning the crew and greeting the customers. Now, they offer Asian cuisines.
The kids had their usual fare of maki rolls, with cucumber (for B), with salmon (for D) and with surimi (for C). My usual choice of bentou is usually salmon teriyaki but I went this time with tuna just to try it. My meal came with a bowl of salad first and miso soup which daughter happily had. Now, have you ever tried eating chopsticks with salad? What I had were a combination of greens and reds, carrot, onion, cucumber slices and corn kernels on vinaigrette.
My bentou also had salmon sashimi, futomaki, rice and lychees (not in photo) for dessert. The tuna teriyaki came with a variety of vegetables, zucchini being my favorite.
Dex went Thai, he chose half a duck breast on mango sauce which proved too big of a serving because we came home with half of it. Though he really enjoyed it he saved some space for dessert than going all out. Why not, we got free dessert courtesy of the owner. 😉
We were served caramelised banana, sort of in a tempura batter with honey. These are like banana fritters from home. After that hearty meal, we went about the Naschmarkt and bought some cooking ingredients, headed off to walk a bit more and landed at the Mariahilferstrasse, a shopping street…but that’s another story.
Sharing this to Food Friday.
It’s like I’ve been posting mostly Japanese dishes and I can’t help it too! My good friend, now based in Cali, whom I haven’t seen for 9 years came home too and she also enjoys salmon and sushi…So we had our grand reunion at Yakimix Chowfun, Mall of Asia…having no idea what they serve, I thought this is mostly about drinks, mixing drinks…I was relieved to see a cooktop grill on the table. 🙂 Yaki is apparently the japanese word “grill.”
They serve Chinese dishes from sweet and sour to noodles and Japanese cuisine, both raw and cooked buffet style…well, you get to cook and that’s the more exciting part of it!
As courtesy, I started off with miso soup, separately served from the chinese hot soup. You can put your own choice of tofu, green onions and wakame. So I did mine the same way I cook it at home.
The grilling could wait, I was a bit late along with some friends so we took turns filling our plates with sashimi, maki, temaki and most of all my favorite, beni-shouga (lol). Everything tasted good except for the unagi (eel) maki which is too salty for me.
(Vegetable-filled bacon, kobe beef slices, tofu and welsh onion)
There was an assortment of meats to choose from; beef, pork, chicken; korean-spiced, soy-flavored plus a lot of veggies too! I had a plate full because I was tasked to do the grilling…lol. Seconds after the attendant turned on the grill, I was in action, putting in slices of meat after the other, salmon and veggies and what my chopsticks got in between. Thank goodness it was a smokeless grill!
The best part of the meal is unquestionably, dessert…A combination of specialties from Red Ribbon and Goldilocks I presume…Ube Macapuno roll, blueberry cheesecake, dragon fruit, melons and these colorful marble chocolates (which we have fond memories of back in highschool) were all in my plate. Needless to say, nothing was left 😀
Yakimix has an ice cream station which I wasn’t able to try. They serve Selecta local flavors and premium and on the side would be your ice cream additions station; marshmallow, chocolate bits, candy sprinkles and m&ms! A haven for those child at heart (like me!).
^A friend’s plate of chocolate slice with candy sprinkle and marhsmallows, cheesecake with m&ms and fruit tart.
A very appropriate place I must say, the place is big enough for groups of people dining together. They also have tables outside so you can enjoy good food with a fresh breeze. I can’t speak for the price though since this was Catt’s treat (lol, thanks!) but I’ve read reviews and they said that it is by far cheaper than other buffets around town.
Oh, I forgot to mention the blue refillable lemonade! lol. See, pretty isn’t it? It’s not difficult spotting me here as I mentioned earlier I was tasked by my late comrades to grill. 😉 Let me take back what I said, the best part would be taking photos and reliving memories of decades-long friendship….
Unit 122-126 Ground Floor
SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City
Sometime ago Luna posted a tofu dish to which I said I haven’t been fond of…that I would try to somehow include in my menu. So here…one morning when the kids had no school I took them for a lunch out…wait, I had to take them out because I need to submit papers regarding tax and citizenship so I had to tag all 3 along. After getting frustrated for learning that there’s a new law for citizenship application, I was ready to gobble up food served in front of me. 😀
The nearest sushi-serving restaurant was the small joint I featured a few months back. It’s always a pleasure dining there…but I always dined alone…I was used to sitting at my nook and watch people go by with their busy lives while I savor my salmon or tori teriyaki meal. This time, with three kids in tow and a fully seated interior, we decided to eat outside…visible for all passersby to see…
So, what did we have? The maki platter was a unanimous decision, pickled radish, cucumber, surimi and california rolls to their delight. Yes, they each can finish a platter…(I know, poor mama low on budget teehee). I ordered a bentou of miso soup, maki, rice and tofu sir fry and spring rolls. The latter, you won’t see there ’cause each kid took one, all that’s left would be the mango sauce. Dawty took the soup because she was having a toothache and swollen gums, reason why the photo is a side view. 🙂
We later on went walking around…we found a park and they played there. There was also a trampoline that was for free! We passed by street performers and famous buildings, photos of which you’d soon see on my other blogs. So for now, I’m off–it’s 2 am and I have to get up early…yaaikss!
When I started foodblogging, there were a very few blogs that I hop to. Four of them were Japanese and of course there’s Oggi’s awesome food blog. Two of the Jap foodblogs are still on the run and I’d drop by once in a while to see what’s new. Obachan’s kitchen and balcony, now called Still Clumsy with Chopsticks, still has the awesome photos I enjoy everytime I swing by. Her latest post is mango jelly made from mango juice which I had in a cook book I stacked somewhere…hihi. It seems she is away on a trip so I’ll wait for her next tempting post for the moment. Nobu’s Japanese Oishi Food features a lot of dishes with a quick description of what the food is about, a bit of Japanese to English translation of words, which I really enjoy too.
I’ve long wanted to make the Unagi donburi (Grilled eel on a bowl of rice) or at least an unagi nigiri (eel sushi). When we go eating out, I would look for it in the menu but to no avail. I’ve also tried my favorite restaurant at the Naschmarkt since I buy tuna and salmon there but they also don’t have any. Obachan has a very interesting story about how the Japanese started the custom of eating eel during doyo no ushi no hi (day of the ox in midsummer), to read, please click here. Somewhat related, Nobu stated in a post how nutritious unagi is…he also mentioned how unagi’s secret is actually on the sauce served with it being a tasteless fish.
So I finally succeeded in finding unagi, 2 tram stations away from our place. 🙂 I was supposed to just buy some yakisoba for quick lunch…saw them there, resting at the glass display in front of the chef…I asked him nicely if they’re on the menu as nigiri, but he said they are only served on the special “boat” menu. Nice as he was though, he told me he could make some for me (Yoohoo!) for a price of 1,90€ (2.85$ / 114.50Php) each.
Yes, all worth the hunting for…if I’m not cutting down on rice, I’d definitely have this again and again…