Since last summer pho and ramen restaurans has been blooming in Helsinki. I have only so far tried Fat Ramen in Hietalahti foodcourt and Momotoko in Kluuvi. Fat Ramen is so far my favorite, but I’m truly intrigued to try out HKI+ and Lie Mi. Fat Ramen is driven by a couple of young chefs that make everything from scratch and by using fresh ingredients. Good value for money! Do you have any favorite ramen or pho places in Helsinki area? Feel free to share!
Tallinn is THE perfect city for a student. Apartment prices are low, food is cheap and eating out is ridiculously affordable if you know where to go. Even though I’ve settled in Helsinki after living here for about 6 months, I long for some particular dishes from my favorite restaurants in Tallinn.
The pizzas from Pulccinella in the old town. This hidden gem is in the middle of the tourist mayhem, yet you can go and eat a GREAT buffalo mozzarella pizza without getting annoyed by drunken Finns. I mean, LOOK AT THAT PIZZA! It is the best pizza I’ve eaten outside Italy and only for about 10€.
Lendav Taldrik in the hip area of Telliskivi was one of my favorite places to go to eat a family styled meal with my friends. The restaurant offers Indian and Asian fusion dishes to an affordable price(5-10€), and the palak paneer is simply divine. The interior in the restaurant is interesting and industrial, but yet a place where you want to spend the evening and stuff your face with curry’s.
CARPACCIO! WHY CAN’T YOU FIND carpaccio in any restaurant in Helsinki? One of my favorite was from Kolm Sibulat (great place) or a scaled down version for 7€ could be found at Hetk (which is no longer open). Simple, three good ingredients, slob it with evoo and yes, food haven.
Last but definitely not least, Gotsu Koyuho’s Kitchens crispy, sticky, delicious, garlic and chili fried chicken. This is lethal, you WILL be addicted to this. And the kimchi. Sooo good! This gem is a short walk from the old town and only open on weekdays as it is more of a lunch restaurant, but it is always packed. They serve also bibimbap and other authentic Korean dishes. You will get the lunch of your life for 7€.
On the second day we drove to the coast to Cinque Terre. The road there was astonishing, and the village as well . On this particular day it was about 40 degrees, but we managed to walk around for a few hours and eat lunch at a really nice Michelin restaurant. I ate fresh tuna which was really good!
We drove back to the wine yard and ate dinner at the restaurant there. During the trip, the best food I ate was at the restaurant on the wine yard. Super delish!
So my vacation is unfortunately over and tomorrow I’m going back to work. The last week in Italy had been absolutely fantastic, the weather and food has been amazing! Last Monday we flew together with my boyfriends family to Pisa, where we spent the day sightseeing and adjusting to the heat. Your body is experiencing quite a shock if you are used to 15 degrees and then hop in to a toasty 35-40 degrees and full sun. But I really can’t complain, it was really nice to have some heat.
After our day in Pisa, the next destination was the wine yard where we were going to stay for four nights. The wineyard was in the middle of basically nowhere in between Pisa and Firenze in a small town called San Miniato. The wine yard was super cosy house with a few rooms and guest houses, pool and restaurant on top of a hill. The wine yard is family owned and they produce some nice redwines such as Chianti and Merlot, but also olive oil.
There was a lot of smaller villages near by and we had dinner in the neighbour village the first night. The restaurant was called 4 Gigli and the restaurant itself was stunning, it had a view over the mountains. The food was mediocre but the view made up for it.
Avocado, cured salmon and poached egg on a piece of toasted bread. Do I need to say any more?
Many might think that poaching an egg is hard, but it really isn’t. All you need is water, a splash of vinegar and salt, and of course egg. In a pot just add water, vinegar and salt, let come up to a simmer. The water should simmer not boil. Break the egg into a small bowl, and stirr the water until there is a whirl, then drop the egg. Let the egg cook in the water for about 3-4 minutes, then lift up and drain.
Toast some nice bread, add butter, rucola, sliced avocado, gravalax and the poached egg. Topp off with salt and chiliflakes.
I enjoy almost the most cooking with leftovers. Then you need to think about what to use and what goes along with each other. Yesterday I made a quick and tasty salad with spinach and ricotta tortellini, pesto, lettuce, yellow and red cherry tomatoes, a little red onion, crispy bacon, avocado, feta and pine seeds. Throw everything together and enjoy!
An other dish that consisted of leftovers from a dinner party was cauliflower puré, coriander meatballs and fried pak choi and zucchini.
For the meatballs I used 400g of beef mince, 1 egg, 1 spring onion, a large hand full of chopped coriander, 2 tbsp of Sriracha and salt. Then just mix together and form into balls and bake in the oven (200 degrees) for 10-15 minutes.
The pak choi I cut into strips, and sliced the zucchini with a cheese slicer. Then I fried them together with spring onion in a little olive oil and seasoned with lemon, salt and pepper.