The machine that works wonders

Yes, the machine that makes miracles happen for the poor tight-budget students. Even if it is just for reheating food, this machine still works wonders.

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Lunch specials: KIMCHI

Image credit: Hophouse/Kimchi Facebook page

Today we are going to talk about a Korean restaurant, KIMCHI aka Hophouse (the bar’s name).

It is located on Parnell Street in the city centre, so if you are shopping by the area, don’t forget to drop by and take a look! If you are not interested in lunch, you can also drop by at night for a bottle of sake, as they sell a huge variety of them.

Image credit: Hophouse/Kimchi Facebook page

The lunch specials were nice, I strongly recommend ordering the rabokki which is ramen and teokkbokki(korean soft rice cake) stir-fried together. It is a bit spicy though, so be prepared to get a glass of warm water by your side to get rid of the heat in your mouth! They have a set meal which you can order the gimbap(Korean rice rolls that are similar to sushi, but are made out of normal rice as opposed to sushi’s vinegar rice) together with the rabokki, making it suitable as a meal for two, yet dependent on one’s appetite though.

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Rabokki. Image credits: Winnie Yap

In the cold weather like this, having a nice bowl of stew would be nice to your belly. One couldn’t miss out the iconic kimchi zigae(stew) in a Korean restaurant. In most Korean restaurants, the stew comes with a rice as a set meal.

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Gimbap and Kimchi Zigae. Image credit: Winnie Yap

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Image credit: Winnie Yap

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Korean bibimbap, rice with mixed vegetables and meat placed on top. Image credits: Winnie Yap

If you are curious for more details on this restaurant, you can visit their website here: hophouse.ie for a quick look at their menu.

Ps. You can refill your rice that comes in a set meal with no extra charge. So be sure to ask the staff whether the food you are ordering belongs to the set meals and how many bowls of rice you can get altogether!

Lunch specials: Aoki Sushi

Aoki Sushi Noodle Bar. Image credits: Aoki Sushi Facebook Page

There are a lot of restaurants nearby Griffith College, due to the high expenditure of students even though most of them are constantly saying that they are poor but spending tons of their money on unnecessities.

This restaurant is located on South Richmond Street, which is near Camden Street, a busy street which students and office workers frequent.

Like most restaurants, they have a lunch menu which you can enjoy certain items at a cheaper price. The bento box seems to a mandatory item on the menu, which they change the main course everyday. The lunch menu can be ordered from 12pm to 4pm, ideal for lunch breaks.

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The lunch menu. Image credit: Patrick Leow

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The bento box. Image credit: Patrick Leow

As you can see from the image above, the bento box consists of a main course, rice, salad, pickled ginger and 2 pieces of sushi. Even though it is comparably pricey, it is still in an acceptable price range considering the area has a lot of expensive restaurants.

Students are alloted a 10% discount, which you can show your student ID card to get your discount.

The Beauty of fans: Crepes

When we talk about crepes, most people in Europe would immediately think of France, with French crepes being known all over the world. When crepes are mentioned in Asia, there are two countries dominating the crepe market, which is Japan and Taiwan. Technically speaking, Taiwanese crepes are influenced by Japanese crepes, but they are crispier and darker in colour than Japanese crepes and French crepes.

Crepe w/ Chocolate Syrup

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Even though people flood over to France for the marvellous food over there, people in France themselves agreed that if you want to eat the best crepes you have to go over to Belgium.

Whilst most creperies use electric crepe makers to make their crepes, several shops still use the traditional frying pans for their crepes, as they said it is a family business and tradition.

The electric crepe maker. Image credit: Dvorsons

The crepe could vary in sizes, fillings and how they are presented. The fillings could be sweet or savoury, depending on the person’s likings. For the sweet fillings one could put in a huge variety of fruits, jams, Nutella, sprinkles and ice cream. For the savoury fillings, a personal favourite here is cheese, ham and tons of vegetables, topped with a bit of mayonnaise.

Whilst French crepes are placed flat on the plate, with fillings scattered all over it, the Japanese crepes have taken on a different approach where they place the fillings inside the crepe, with it rolled into a cone shape, like an ice-cream cone.

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The Taiwanese crepes are a variation from the Japanese crepes as an aftermath of Taiwanese culture being influenced by Japan during its colonization days. There is soda added to the Taiwanese crepes, which makes them more crispier with a different texture as compared to the normal crepes we have. This version of crepes is highly popular in South East Asia’s creperies.

Visually appealing, I would choose the Japanese crepes over French crepes on the street food category as they are more convenient to consume and a large variety of designs to choose from.

Here is a blog on the daily lives of a German living in Japan, writing about the food and culture of Japan. http://bohnenhase.blogspot.ie/2013/09/japanese-style-crepe-with-strawberry.html This is a post on how to make Japanese style crepes. If you are interested in making French style crepes, try the video by Allrecipes below:

 

Crazy milkshakes! Shake it shake it!

Due to a housemate of mine constantly playing this song during the summer, nowadays if one says “shake it” I would immediately think of this song which is extremely addictive. It is a single “Shake it” by Sistar, a Korean girl group that released it this summer.

My friend went to Candy Lab that was located on Temple Bar and enjoyed this great milkshake that was a bit pricey but nevertheless good.

The shop entrance. Image credit: Candy Lab Facebook page

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A girl’s world is about dreams and chocolate

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Girls are addicted to chocolate, or at least I am. May it be dark chocolate, milk chocolate or white chocolate, each has an audience of its own. When I was a young child where my parents would dress me up in pink and be princess-like, my favourite type of chocolate would be the white chocolate, due to its colour that reminds me of my Prince Charming. But as I grew, the bitterness of the chocolate starts to win me over. Continue reading