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!

Captain Joe ~ The freshest seafood in Nijmegen

I didn’t expect a seafood bar in Nijmegen, it is so far from the sea!
Lazy Penguin discovered a new seafood restaurant in Nijmegen and suggested to make a video. Trusting Lazy Penguin’s exceptional food nose, I said: Let’s do this!

 

Food & Menu

Captain Joe serves cold and hot sea food. We went for the cold dishes, so we don’t have much experience with the hot food. But hot lobster on Monday for 24,50 euro sounds good! (For more info about the cold food, please watch the video.)

Lazy Penguin also ordered two white wines with the seafood. ‘Senora Rosa Chardonnay’ and their home wine ‘Holy Cow’. The ‘Holy Cow’ was really nice with the seafood, not too bitter. I also took a sip.

After all the seafood we were okay full, so still place for a dessert. The dessert where little art pieces by themselves.

So I also made an art piece:

We went to the restaurant at 17:00, quite early for dinner, so we had the place for ourselves. After we were done with filming and eating the place was full with other customers and it was on a Monday!
Don’t forget to make a reservation if you want to eat around 18:00.

My verdict: really tasty and fresh seafood. I particularly liked the “chicken” vongoles and the razor shell salad. I was disappointed there was no cold lobster in the Fruits de Mer, so the next time I want to eat the hot lobster. Yes, that makes a lot of sense. Have a lovely day!

Visit them!

Captain Joe
Kelfkensbos 22, 6511 TA Nijmegen
+31 (0)24-333 3171
captainjoe.nl       Facebook

Mon-Thu     16:00-23:00
Fri-Sat         16:00-24:00

Preparing a food vlog

It was so much fun to make and edit a food vlog, so a new video is coming soon. Here are some pre-work stories to show you the process of making a food video.

Before visiting a new restaurant

It’s so fun to search for a restaurant for the next food vlog. First Lazy Pinguin and I decided the city: Utrecht (equal traveling time for the both of us).
Then google: “Restaurant Utrecht” and I get a list of the best places, all 4+ stars. I am more attracted to Asian food, so I choose the Vietnamese restaurant Kimmade. The reviews are praising, so let’s check out their website. Damn, what a beautiful website with soooo pretty food photos. How did they edit them?! I need to learn.

kimmade website

Doesn’t it look tasty? (www.kimmade.nl)

Apparently Kimmade has two locations: Street Food is a small place and Food Village is a restaurant next to the canal.

I can’t wait to film their places and try out the food. Makes me all giddy inside.

Filming day – behind the scenes

This time I wanted to have some visuals of the city, so we walked around to find the two locations. Meanwhile we are filming some street footage and some talking parts to introduce the city and the kind of food we will be eating. This time I have a audio recorder for better sound. The last video had crappy sound from the camera. We filmed a lot of takes to get the perfect sound. In Düsseldorf we did everything in 1 take. But actually it is nicer to have only 1 take, since now I have too many takes to choose from…

Takumi Düsseldorf & Rotterdam ~ Japanese ramen in Germany

Finally. The time has come. That famous Takumi store from Düsseldorf, which has also made its appearance in Rotterdam. Finally, I could eat the ramen I have craved for. Is it better than Rotterdam’s?
During the Düsseldorf food trip with Lazy Pinguin we recorded a food review video about the ramen at Takumi’s. I proudly present you my first food vlog, presented by Lazy Pinguin.

Let me know if you interested to see more videos like this. I really enjoyed making it, so probably you will see more of these 😛
That was Lazy Pinguin opinion about the food. I also have some stories about the two restaurants. So here is my take on the two restaurants and food.

Rotterdam versus Düsseldorf 

I went to Takumi Düsseldorf Rotterdam with Lazy Pinguin and Lazy Sloth (a new Lazy friend for you guys). The restaurant started 10 February 2017 in Rotterdam. I have always wanted to try Takumi ramen in Düsseldorf, after I had eaten at Naniwa. Their ramen was soso; very salty. So I was very happy to try Takumi first in Rotterdam.

We went on a Saturday around 14:00, it was not that busy, no lines standing outside. There was one couple before us, so after 5 minutes we could get a big table. Enough time to admire the interior and other graphic visuals. I really liked their PUSH and PULL on their door. Ain’t it strong?

When you are waiting in line, you get a menu to make yourself familiar with the food. This is also the same for the Takumi in Düsseldorf. In Düsseldorf they also have a lot of special menu things hanging on the windows. We had to wait for about 10 minutes in Düsseldorf and we got a table outside. The trees above us were shedding little flowers, so luckily there were parasols to prevent flowers falling in our food.

The interior of Rotterdam is really nice. The use of wood, red and black colors, Japanese menu signs and lanterns give a lovely Japan-feel.

In Düsseldorf we were sitting outside, so I didn’t really ‘feel’ the interior there. The interior is simple; crowded tables and good food.

Menu

I love menu’s with pretty food photos, this way I can have a better idea what to expect. In Rotterdam you get a form to fill in your choices. In Düsseldorf you also get a form, but they fill it in for you since the form is in Japanese, so traditional. Also the waiters speak Japanese to their customers, like “ira shai ma se” (Welcome!) I don’t know if the waiters in Rotterdam can speak Japanese..

Rotterdam menu:

Düsseldorf menu:

The food

The side dishes were really good in Rotterdam. Salty and crispy, but so o-so-soft chicken karaage. We also ordered fried mashes potato, this was also surprisingly good. Perfect crispy and salt taste. No problems there.

Chicken karaage

I ordered the Buta-Tama Tonkotsu ramen, because I wanted to try the soft boiled egg. But I was a bit disappointed. The first few bites were good, but after a while the soup left a strange taste in my mouth. Which I have had before when eating ramen, a taste I don’t really like. It tastes bitter. I give it a 6.5. This experience made me a bit less fan of Japanese ramen.

“Tonkotsu ramen broth is made with pork bones—in particular, pork hock and trotters. They are boiled for several hours until the collagen and fat break down and liquefy. Collagen, found in the bones and in the tendons that surround the bones, makes the broth dense and slightly sticky. Collagen and fat, together, turn the liquid milky and opaque.” Source

Aha! So maybe I cannot handle the collagen and fat in the soup broth… I have been warned.

Buta-Tama Tonkotsu ramen

In Düsseldorf I ordered the Teriyaki Miso Ramen. I tried to be safe by not ordering Tonkotsu pork broth with some strange aftertaste. The Teriyaki Miso Ramen was really nice, a good bowl of ramen with the best Teriyaki chicken I have ever had, juicy and plumpy. I would give it a 7.5, safe food.

Teriyaki Miso Ramen

However Lazy Pinguin DID order a pork bone broth ramen (pork shio ramen) and it was good! The pork taste is so much richer then the miso soup (also compared to the pork broth in Rotterdam). You can really taste that they have cooked the bones for a long time. I would give it an 8.

Pork Shio Ramen

In Düsseldorf we also ordered two side dishes: dumplings and chicken karaage. The dumplings had the right taste and the chicken karaage tasted good, but I thought the Rotterdam chicken karaage were better. But it’s like Dusseldorf’s tastes like an 8 and the Rotterdam’s tastes like an 8.5, so quite high up there.

Then there was this delicious braised pork rice bowl, which Lazy Pinguin described in the video: GOOD FOOD!

Pork don

The verdict

Rotterdam Takumi has more side dish choices, but the soup tastes and ramen toppings quality of Düsseldorf are better. So go to Düsseldorf!

Visit them!

Takumi Düsseldorf Rotterdam
West-Kruiskade 9b
Rotterdam, Netherlands
+31 (0) 10 302 7240
facebook.com/TakumiDusseldorfNetherlans (no, it’s not a typo)

Mon-Thu 11:30 – 22:00
Fri-Sat 11:30 – 22:30
Sun 12:00 – 21:30

Takumi Düsseldorf
Immermannstraße 28
Düsseldorf, Germany
brickny.com/takumi

Mon-Fri   11:30 – 22:30
Sat   11:30 – 21:45
Sun 11:30 – 22:00