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!
I have been extremely lazy with grocery shopping during the past week. I have been extracting every little corner from the fridge! So, I came up with this dish as I found; a carrot, a chili, garlic, half a red onion, two limes, some coriander, noodles and ginger. All I needed from the store was then coconut milk and minced meat.
Lamb and beef mince is quite a common sight in the meat counter in Estonia, and it costs 5-6€/kg, which is a bit more expensive than beef-pork mince, but I like the flavour of the lamb.
Asian spiced meatballs:
– 400g of lamb-beef or beef-pork mince
– 2 cloves of garlic
– 1 thumb sized piece of ginger
– 1/2 red onion ( you can also use spring onion, I just wanted to get rid off it)
– handfull of coriander
– cest from 1 lime
– 1 tbsp of sriracha sauce/ or 1 chili
– 2 tbsp of sesame seeds
– 1 egg
Coconut lime sauce
– 1 can of coconut milk
– 1 chili
– 2 tbsp of soy sauce
– thumb-sized piece of ginger
– juice of one lime
Start with chopping the red onion and coriander as small as you can, add to the bowl with the meat. Grate the lime cest (try not to grate any white parts), ginger and garlic. Add the sesame seeds, salt, sriracha and egg and stirr well. Let sit in the fridge for about 10-15 minutes.
Meanwhile you can do the noodle salad. For the salad you need: rice noodles, 1 carrot, 1 tbsp of soy sauce, 1 tbsp of fish sauce, juice from 1 lime, 1/2 chili and 1 tbsp of water, top off with coriander and spring onion.Put on some water and let boil, add noodles. Boil according to instructions on package and drain. To a bowl, add soy sauce, lime juice, fish sauce, chopped chili and water. Stirr, and add noodles. Peel the carrot, and slice thin strips of the carrot with the vegetable peeler. Add carrot to noodles and toss.
Form the meat into small balls, if it sticks to your hand, wet your hands a bit with water. Fry the meat balls quickly just to get some color on every side, because they will cook through in the sauce. When fried on every side, remove meatballs from the pan, and add the coconutmilk to the pan and the chili, lime juice, soy and ginger. Let simmer 2-3 minutes before adding the meatballs. Let simmer on a low heat for about 6-8 minutes (depending on how big your meatballs are) and serve with the rice noodles.
Yesterday, me and my lovely dinner company ate a nice dinner at Kolm Sibulat ( Telliskivi 2). It was my first visit , and I was positively surprised even though everybody has been complimenting the place. The place itself is cosy, staff is friendly and the food was tasty. Definetly in my top 3!
Some appertizers, goatscheese salad with beetroot and carpaccio, yum!
We took all different main courses, I ate duck with noodles and plum sauce (delish)!
And the desserts……oh my the passion fruit cheese cake, it was right to my taste! And the Bailey’s tiramisu was reaaally good!
So, next time when you are in Tallinn, book a table to Kolm Sibulat! x