Saturday, March 19, 2011

Minh Trang Vietnamese Restaurant

A vietnamese friend of mine, To anh, who visits Berlin for work, ask me for recommendation for a good vietnamese restaurant. Because of the limited time that we have, I couldn't bring her to dong xuan center for my favourite Bun Cha. So we must find something in town but still viatnamese enough for her.

I chose Minh Trang because before Dong Xuan center hits Berlin. It was the only place for decent Pho in town. It's naturally pricier than dong xuang center, but pho for 7/8 euro I think it's still reasonable.

Pho Special, with all different cuts of beef and beef meat balls. The soup is robust and filled with beefy flavour. Look at the pinky beef! that's how I like my beef, medium.

Hubby, a man of habit, always eat bun cha, whenever he eats vietnamese. Bad news for him, there's no Bun Cha for him. But at least there's something similar, rice noodles with pork satay. Hubby said it was good, but nothing beats Bun Cha from Dong Xuan center.

Rice with grilled pork. I didn't get to try this. But it should be good.

To Anh was very pleased with Minh Trang. The pho was almost the same as the one she used to eat in vietnam. When I asked her, what is the minor difference? it was the price! Haha, I guess in vietnam pho is dirt cheap.

Minh Trang offers not only vietnamese dishes but also other stir fried chop shuey. I heard it was alright. But the real deal here is their pho, some of my friends even still prefers the pho in minh trang rather than those in dong xuan center. Their reason is because minh trang offers the pho special, which has differents cuts of beefs and meat balls. The one in dong xuan center only offer one type of beef.

Minh Trang Asiatische Küche
Kantstraße 67 10627
Berlin - 030 31801117

S-Westend ICC
Bus X34/M49

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Bubble Tea Shop Jia Jia at China Kultur Haus

After the rave of BoboQ. Like mushrooms, bubble tea sprang everywhere in Berlin from the original BoboQ, the newer one in Prenzlauer Berg and this one that I'm going to blog is the one in Kantstraße.

It's a modest store and the owner is a lady from mainland China. The store was divided into two parts. On the left side is the Bubble Tea bar and on the right side is a foot massage section and a shop for small accecories and some tea services.

They have a modest mode, there are coffee, vanilla and chocolate flavour. Here is a picture of the bubble tea that we ordered in that night. Mine is the lighter coloured one, the original bubble tea without flavouring. The original bubble tea is good and the tapioca peal is soft and chewy.

They also offer some typical Chinese snacks, one of them which I tried is Zong Zi, a dumpling made of sticky rice and pork wrapped in bamboos leaves.

Unwrapped Zong Zi, I was so dissapointed to see one tiny pork belly for the filling. My aunt can make killer zong zis filled with 8 different ingredients. But the sticky rice was succulent and fragrant, at least it wasn't so bad

Bubble Tea Shop Jia Jia (China Kultur Haus)

Kantstr. 134

10625 Berlin

0 30 87331922