Posted in Japan

Reminiscing about Ramen

Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo were just some of the hot spots on my latest adventure to Japan. From Harajuku girls (not something you see everyday in Belfast) to themed cafes, temples to war museums- Japan really is a crazy but cultured destination that should be on everyone’s go to.

Since coming back from Japan I’ve been reminiscing about ramen (calling someone, anyone, in Belfast, pleaseeee open a ramen joint!), the dish of the day no matter where you are. The perfect places for busy business men, with fast and fuss free eating. On entering there is usually a machine to order your noodles from where you pay and get your ticket.

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You then hand this over behind the counter and get served your noodles. Anyone who says you can’t eat cost effectively in Japan were going to the wrong noodle venues. We worked on the basis of if the locals like it, we’ll love it- so keep your eyes peeled for queues, it’ll be worth the weight and usually cheaper- BONUS!

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You can select how you want the noodles cooked, how hot (mild, medium, hot) you would like the broth, what extras you’d like on top! Hakata ramen is widely accepted as the best pork bone ramen in Japan (they aren’t wrong!).

The etiquette of ramen is sort of alien to us Brits- slurping in a restraunt is ordinarily frowned upon, and eating tends to be a social occasion. Ramen however is the perfect place to eat alone and the slurping is actually complimentary!

Gun to my head if I had to pick between rice and ramen, I’d go rice everytime… however after indulging in the best ramen throughout Japan i’m not so sure!

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Insiders tip…never wear white clothes and eat ramen- I learnt the hard way! Bon apetite! 

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Posted in China

Xi’an eXtravaganzas

Muslim Quarter- Beiyuanmen Muslim Night Market was one of my favourite local snack streets throughout my travels! Not for the faint hearted and definitely difficult to stomach for vegetarians but it trumps my food fanatics night market musts- food for thought…

  • Freshly made noodles (Xian is known for it’s cold noodles) and countless sweets
  • ‘Roujiamo’ marinated beef or lamb stuffed inside a freshly baked bun. (AMAZING! We followed the crowds and it lead us here…definitely worth the wait!)2016-20
  • Freshly made Xi’an Dumplings  

     

  • Rice Cake (sweet but savory… hard to get your taste buds around)sdr
  • Meat on a stick- Soooo it didn’t look the most appetizing or the cleanliest eat ever, but there’s no guarentee with that anywhere in China… These were definitely worth the risk of the dreaded TD!!  

    Be sure to check it out during your trip to see the terracotta warriors! Definitely worth a walk along Xi’an’s city wall (especially in the evening) when it’s lit up like Christmas, you could even take a bike ride along it… 

Posted in Bali

Beware of Bali Belly (BB)

So my travels took me across the globe, from the bright lights of China, to the tranquil temples of Japan and beyond. It was not always smooth sailing… Next stop Bali.

I love food- can’t get enough of it, however, this was precisely my problem when I arrived in Bali. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been to China (although I couldn’t claim it was tummytrouble free), experienced the sichuan peppercorns and suspect meat, enjoyed a little too much kimchi in South Korea and went wild for brunching in Oz, so I thought I knew my limits. Bali however  is a different ball game, buffet central, I think thanks to the high numbers of hotel complexes. I’m not one for buffets, in fact I tend to avoid them, getting overwhelmed by all the choice and piling it high on my plate (as if they’ll run out of food) when I should take a more strategic approach practiced by my sister. Bali buffets were an exception. Continue reading “Beware of Bali Belly (BB)”