Kimmade new dessert: Chè bắp

On a beautiful sunny Sunday Lazy Penguin and I went to Kimmade for that delicious banh mi. Chef Kimsang surprised us with a new dessert: chè bắp. Chef is still fine tuning the dessert for the new menu. Let’s take a look at Lazy Penguin first reaction…

Always thinking about Kimmade’s banh mi.. so good

New dessert in the making: Chè bắp

Vietnamese drip coffee and chè bắp

Visit them!

Kimmade Food Village
Oudegracht aan de Werf 61, 3511AD, Utrecht
www.kimmade.nl/food-village

Monday till Sunday
Breakfast     08:00 – 12:00
Lunch           12:00 – 16:00
Dinner          17:00 – 22:00

Recipe: Xinjiang lamb skewers – 羊肉串

Hi Food lovers,

I have written a BBQ lamb skewer recipe before and today I am sharing the video version with you. My father will show you how to make it. For all the measurements and steps, check out the written recipe.

Story time!

My father has created this recipe and he has fine tuned the recipe over the 30+ years. Yes, this recipe is older than me! When my father was a student he started making lamb skewers for his friends. He became known as the guy who makes delicious lamb skewers. I think all his friends have eaten his lamb skewers before and loved it.

Lazy Penguin and I also love his lamb skewers, so whenever he is in the Netherlands, we ask for lamb skewers (羊肉串) and pulled noodles (拉面). His top two dishes.

Coming soon

These days I am be working on a video project. Lazy Penguin and I have followed a chef for a day to see his food craft. Here is a sneak preview:

Have a good Friday!

Just Meet ~ meat heaven in Leiden

Dear readers! I need to tell you about this awesome place in Leiden: Just Meet. A steak house which have given me an exceptional dinner experience.

It was a normal dinner date with Lazy Penguin and Lazy Kitten (new Lazy friend!), using his birthday as excuse. I thought: “let’s not work this dinner” (a.k.a making million photos and observing the room etc.). But the menu, the drinks, the PICK-YOUR-OWN-KNIFE experience and the food was too good to NOT share with you guys. So here it is, my enthusiastic photo story:

Story time

When entering one part of the restaurant (they have two rooms) you feel cozy and warm with the wooden interior and high ceiling. Soft sofas over there.

Food & Drinks

Just Meet offers a big selection of Gin & Tonics and wines. Since we are Gin & Tonic noobs, we took forever to order a G&T. This type of drink is getting popular, I often see it in restaurants these days. We also asked for the main menu to see what we could pick to match the drink. They offer dry aged meat, which has a richer taste nomnomnom. Lazy Kitten and I ordered the tenderloin and Lazy Penguin the rib eye for more fat taste.

We also ordered some shared side dishes. Just check out my art plating, doesn’t it look delicious? So how was the food? The meat was so soft and tender. This comes so close to sous vide meat. This really was the best meat experience I have ever had in a restaurant (better than Rodeo). Also because of the big selection of side dishes which complement the meat really well. Our chosen side portions were 2,50 euro each and not too big, so you can try a lot. Lazy Penguin was really enthusiastic about the truffle risotto. He will also make it as side dish for his sous vide meat. The quality of the meat, the side dishes were just “ah” 😙 👌* kisses fingers *.

Oh, I was so enthusiastic about the food that I skipped the fun part. It was very interesting to try out the different Gin & Tonics. They are all bitter, but have their own scent and tastes. We had [coffee bean + blood orange], [rose petals + black pepper] and [mint + red rasberry]. The coffee bean one smelled like old grandpas, but the taste grows on you. It became my favorite of the three.

Pick your own knife!

What blew my mind away was that we could choose our own meat knife! What kind of awesome service is that! For the perfect meat experience, you get the pick out your own tools. They take their meat very seriously. Lazy Penguin told us that it is not good to have a serrated meat knife (kartel mes), since you will break the fibers of the meat. While I was looking for the English translation of ‘kartel mes’ I found a cool article (in Dutch) about Chef George Jasper and Robin Verloop from Just Meet. I am just getting hyped up about the knives! I picked a flower laser cut knife with strange holding area. I assure you, the next time I will visit them, I will pick the same. It grows on you.

Middle knife is mine.

Dessert time! We were already quite full, but since the food had been awesome, we also had to try out some desserts. Just look at these pieces of art!

And again, the taste and the textures were so interesting and delicious. Glad we didn’t skip the desserts.

Price & Service

All this food, drinks and awesome experience was ónly 50 euro per person. I think that is a great deal for good food + alcohol. The service was also friendly and easy going. I felt a bit uncomfortable taking so much time to pick a G&T, but our waitresses were really patient and friendly.
So… time for you guys to visit?

Visit them!

Just Meet
Breestraat 18, 2311 CR, Leiden
T: 31(0) 717 50 45 70
just-meet.nl Facebook

Daily food sketches and Youku

Hi guys, one month ago I started with a daily drawing challenge: draw something about food everyday (weekdays). I use my 13+5 minutes in the train to think of an idea, draw it and post it on Instagram. BAM! and it’s done. Below are a few drawings I find worth sharing. Follow me on instagram.com/lazypigpassion. (Shameless self-promotion)

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For the readers from China, I have posted all “Foodventures with Lazy Penguin” on Youku.com, since YouTube can’t be accessed in China. Another shameless self-promotion.

Coming soon..

I have some good stuff in the planning: be prepared for a delicious meat restaurant, a meat recipe video and a big project in the making. Some spoilers: noodles, a Chef and Lazy Penguin. Doesn’t that sound delicious? See you guys tomorrow with a new food story ^~^ Good night~~

Djebena ~ East-African food in Delft

The beginning…

About two years ago, Lazy Bear and I went to the center of Delft to meet up with Lazy Monkey (new Lazy friend!). Lazy Monkey was having a late dinner 21:00 at Djebena. He was sitting outside with a plate of gooey spinach and a pancake. He let us try it and we were sold! We also ordered a spinach (Hamli) dish for ourselves, even though we already had dinner.. But when you can eat good food, your stomach just opens up a secret pocket to fill in more delicious food.

That was the start of our East-African food relationship. Since then I have been there for about 5 times. The food is really delicious and tasty.

Spinach dish. It doesn’t look very pretty, but it is sooo good!

Food

When you have ordered your dish, you will get your meat and veggies on a shared pancake dish with your eating companions. You can eat everything with your hand. Take a piece of pancake and grab some meat or veggie. I always want to eat the spinach dish, so I often order the 4 veggies surprise meal. The 4 meat surprise meal is also very nice. Some meats are a bit spicy.

In the photo you see Lazy Bear’s meat surprise dish and my veggie surprise dish. Sharing = more food tasting!

The pancake has little holes, because it is fermented. It also tastes a bit sour, but that matches really well with all the toppings.

Menu

They also offer a range of fruit beers. I tried all of them, and I like the coconut the best. The alcohol percentage is not very high, 3.7% to 7%. The mango juice is also really recommended. Mmmm…
The price for a dish and some drinks is about 20 euro p.p.

Visit them!

Djebena
Marktplein 75, 2622 GS, Delft
Weimarstraat 52A, Den Haag
Noordeinde 21, Leiden
☎: +31(0) 15 – 36 49 828
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Tue-Sun    10:00-22:00? (there was no end time for Delft)
Mon        Closed

Nijmegen coffee and lunch tips

Hey food lovers!

Lazy Penguin here. Lazy Piggie asked me to write about the culinary treats of Nijmegen. Pheeew. That’s quite the challenge, because there’s a loooot to taste in this lovely city! Well, here goes. Let’s start with the coffee and lunch places.

De blonde pater

Consistently excellent.

Well-known and always bustling with people, I just can’t fault de blonde pater. Consistently excellent coffee and food, friendly service, located in my favourite street in Nijmegen (Langehezelstraat) and very fair prices. If you want to try the tried and tested lunchbar in Nijmegen with no margin for error, go here.
Recommended drinks:
If you like your coffee a lot, like, you like it to be a lot, try the ‘espropress’. French-pressed coffee enough to fill your entire coffee-craving mug. Also try their eight treasure tea. There’s nothing quite like it.
Recommended Food:
Everything is good. Seriously. Everything. If I had to choose one thing though, try the ‘pater deli’ for a real treat. A mountain of thinly sliced marinated meat on a bun, you simply can’t go wrong.

blondepater.nl

Sid en Liv

Well made sandwiches and coffee in your- uhhh… Their living room.

This cosy lunchroom wins the price for bringing your home to a cafe. With an idyllic garden behind the cafe, this is the place to go if you like your cafes with a intimate, warm atmosphere.
Recommended drinks:
They have a great selection of teas- dare I say the best in Nijmegen I tasted? Yes I do.
Recommended Food:
Their ‘flammkuchen’, an imported food from our German neighbours, are a delight and quite unique in Nijmegen. I also loved their hot dog for its well-balanced flavours. All food is recommended though.

sidenliv.nl

Fika

Scandanavion delights.

A unique concept in Nijmegen: choose two smaller sandwiches to complete a lunch meal. I simply adore this concept. You mean I get to try more food?! Yes please. The interior is sober yet stylish, Scandinavian style. Just a lovely cafe.
Recommended drinks:
In my memory nothing really stood out. Just try whatever!

Recommended foods:
Who cares?! Just mix and match and try different things with your lunch partner for maximum taste variety! (I liked the carpaccio with truffle mayo, but I’m a sucker for truffle. Go for your gut feeling. Get it? :D)

fika-nijmegen.nl

This was the lunch part, more tips coming soon..

T&C Haus ~ Taiwanese food and dessert heaven in Den Haag

Mango dessert heaven and crispy savory fried chicken? Yes please! You can find it all at T&C Haus. This time we try some Taiwanese food and desserts in Den Haag.

History 

Once upon a time there were two brothers, Chong Lau and Tony Lau. They went to Taiwan and enjoyed the delicious food in eat cafes. They liked the eat cafe style and wanted to bring it to the Netherlands. With their background as chef (Chong) and pastry chef (Tony) they joined hands and created the T&C Haus in Den Haag!

“T&C” stands for “Tony and Chong” or “Taiwanese Cafe” or “Tea and Coffee”… whatever you prefer.
“Haus”; the brothers Lau originate from Germany and this way they keep a bit of ‘home’ in the name. Also the whole family helps at T&C Haus. When you look at their logo you can see the character 台(Tai), which looks like a little house. A well thought through logo.

I also have to praise them for their interior, it just perfect and well balanced for the eye. The colors, chairs, decoration and light is just perfect. I especially love their clock!

The food

The noodles are nice and firm. The taste of the soup is quite light, but very tasty. It’s a good warm meal. The first time I tried the fried chicken, it was soooo good! Thin, soft, but a crispy layer. Nice and salty, juicy soft chicken… It’s like, wow! how do you get chicken breast this soft!? The second time I ate it, it was less wow, because it had cooled down. That’s the downside of making a foodvlog. Your food becomes cold T^T.

The desserts were really good. Not overly sweet. My favorite was matcha tiramisu. The mango cake is really an explosion of taste, as you might have seen with Lazy Penguin. Again, the dessert visuals are also a feast for the eye. So beautiful :3

Cake service

It’s also possible to order a personalized cake at T&C Haus. You can select your favorite ingredients and Tony will create a cake for you. Tony has a background in patisserie and creates the most stunning cakes for birthdays, weddings and other cake occasions. Check out their Facebook photos for the pieces of art.

Price

Our dinner was around 70 euro for 3 persons. We had 3 noodle sets, 2 side dishes, 2 desserts (+free dessert) and 4 drinks. The drinks are also very good! Of course they have Taiwanese bubble tea and the mocha frappé was really yummy.

Visit them!

T&C Haus
Herengracht 48, 2511 EJ, Den Haag
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Sun-Tue    12:00-21:30
Wed           Closed
Thu-Sat     12:00-22:00