London: Food Edition

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Koen and me with the London Eye

Often for work I need to go to London and I always look forward to choosing where to eat in the evening. This time I was in the city for a week, so there were many opportunities to explore the culinary scene. Because my hotel was in Mayfair, all of the restaurants we visited are in the City of Westminster (click if you want to read an earlier post about the borough). To make it easy, I’ve divided the restaurants into 4 categories: British, Indian, Pubs and Street Food!

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Bánh Mì with Lemongrass Pork

Bánh Mì with Lemongrass Pork

Bánh Mì with Lemongrass Pork

 

Bánh Mì is Vietnamese for baguette. Almost all Vietnamese sandwiches are served on bánh mì with mayonnaise and other toppings, thanks to the French influence during the Indochine period. This was my first attempt at making a Vietnamese sandwich. I marinated the pork overnight with lemongrass, shallots, garlic, and many other spices and served it with pickled carrots and daikon (radish), cucumber, cilantro, chili peppers, and mayonnaise. Yum! I found this recipe on Rasa Malaysia, where I find most of my Asian recipes.

 

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Pho-Inspired Noodle Bowl

Pho-Inspired Noodle Bowl

Pho-Inspired Noodle Bowl

Koen and I recently discovered that our favorite supermarket in Chinatown is open on Sundays! In America all grocery stores are open on Sundays, but here in Antwerp this is an exception! So I searched My New Roots for an Asian recipe to try, and found the Pho-Inspired Noodle Bowl. Really delicious – the broth had a very interesting, delicate flavor.

 

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Antwerp’s China Town and Vietnamese Summer Rolls

This week has actually felt like it is really Summer here in Antwerp. What better way to celebrate than with Vietnamese Summer rolls? Sunday is always my day off, so I took advantage of the sunshine and visited China Town. Although it’s called China Town, maybe Little Asia is a better name because they sell food from all Asian countries, including Vietnam. It’s also the only recognized China Town in Belgium!

China Town is located close to the Central Station and the Koningin Astridplein. I passed the fair on my way. There always seems to be a fair somewhere in Antwerp.

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Ferris Wheel at Koningin Astridplein

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