Thursday, 17 November 2016

Omicho Market, Kanazawa

Whenever we visit a new city we always find time to explore its local markets. It's always an incredible sight and makes me excited to think what I might discover next. Market experiences are unbeatable for there is so much to explore, learn, see and eat. Imagine all quality produce under one roof. It's going to be hard to choose where to focus your attention to.  

If you are a seafood lover, you are definitely heading in the right direction. Kanazawa is located near the coast of the Sea of Japan hence its seafood is one of the best in Japan and what better place to try fresh seafood in Kanazawa than Omicho Market? It has been Kanazawa's largest fresh food market since the middle of the 18th century. If you want choice, quality and freshness this is the best place to be! You won't be disappointed.
Walked past some ornamental cabbages and kales on our way to the market.

Mackerel spit roasting 
Atka Mackerel with "irozuke"

Spit-roasted Scallops

Loach or eel dipped and broiled in soy-based sauce.

Broiled Eels "kabayaki"

Lotus root and edible chrysanthemum flower

Wasabi- Japanese horseradish

 Sumo Mandarins

Salmon Roe

Ready-to-eat fried shrimp snacks.

Manjugai clam or “longevity clam” is served raw or boiled with a bit of soy sauce.

Scallops drizzled in some special sauce.

Tamago shop

A taste of Winter Snow Crab or in this case Koubako Crab, the female crab with heaps of eggs. 
Winter is the best season to enjoy it.

Focus on those beautiful eggs and the meat is so tender.

Snails with Radish.

Delicious fresh uni. I'm in heaven!

Sweet prawn with blue colored eggs. This unique type of prawn can only be found in Kanazawa. 
The taste of this raw prawn is unbeatable!

Yaki-saba or Grilled Mackerel

Friday, 11 November 2016

Bridge Brasserie, Ghent

 Belgium is famous for many things, it is home to some of the world's most amazing beers, producers of the finest chocolates in the world, they have the best tasting waffles and in case you don't know, "French" fries originated here. Surely there is more to it than that. As we continued on our exploration of Ghent we sampled some of its best traditional local cuisine. A short walk from Saint Bavo Cathedral is Bridge Brasserie, this restaurant serves a variety of delicious, traditional Belgian cuisine. It's so easy to fall in love with Belgian food as it is simple, 
comforting and a bit rustic too.

Meal won't be complete without Belgian beer.

Bread and Frites (fries)

Shrimp Croquettes
Belgians love their croquettes and theirs are certainly different and a lot better than the ordinary stuffed with potatoes that we usually see. These traditional croquettes often come with shrimp or creamy cheese fillings. 

Gentse Stoverij
Stewed beef cooked with brown local beer rather than wine gives it a stronger, richer and earthier taste. 

This hearty casserole usually comes with frites for dipping.

Gentse Waterzooi, named after the city where it originated.
The original dish is often made of fish, but these days chicken is more likely to be served. It is made with vegetable stock thickened with egg yolks and cream then vegetables like celery, leeks, carrots, potatoes and onions are added. This Flemish stew is said to have been the favourite dish of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, 
who was born in Ghent.

Entrecote Beef with Garlic Butter
Basically it's a boneless ribeye.

Jaw-dropping Flemish architecture too beautiful not to share.

Bridge Brasserie
Sint-Baafsplein 21, 9000 Gent
+32 9 223 61 67