Amsterdam view from Amsterdam Tower

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Food for Fun: 1) Crepes and 2) Teppanyaki

Ever since I started this blog, I have been planning to write about food.  Should I create a special blog for that?   

I had collected many pics of almost whatever food I had… In some occasions, it might upset people with whom I dined with.  They might want to eat their food right away, but they had to wait until I am done taking pics.   

My baked caramelized apple crepe
Once, by blackberry fell on top of the hummus!  A few time, I had to look around inside the restaurant if there were any “food police” prohibiting me taking pics.  However, I behave well and am aware of table manners while eating in Michelin star restaurant -:)

Until few weeks ago, I made up my mind to write whatever I want to write in my blog, including food and beverage.  The section is made as reference only.  It is for fun reading without any commercial intention.

Be prepared reading the first circular of “Triple F (Food for Fun)” - read it with full of imagination and you will be drooling… 

1) The Crepes

Interior decoration, ground floor
Why I like Saigon?  It is partly because the French culture is still strong.  Why I like the French culture?  It is because I have been learning French on and off since college until now in Vietnam.  Anyway, discreetly, my ‘you know who’ is a French guy.

I know partly Le Thanh Ton Street District 1 quite well, especially the area that is near to IDECAF (Institut d’Échanges Culturels avec la France)While passing this street on Sunday afternoon, I noticed that there is a new place with outdoor blue tent called “La Creperie”.

Cidre de Bretagne
Entering this restaurant feels like I go to Brittany, West of France.  Decoration is showing lighthouses and coast shore of Brittany.  The local songs played including La Jument de Michao which is almost the Brittany anthem.   Some of these songs are similar to the Corrs’ songs, typical Irish band with traditional Celtic folk music.

The interior part of the restaurant is very nice.  Decoration is showing lighthouse and coast shore of Brittany, France.  The plates, cups and bowls are cutely customized with the logo of the lighthouse too.

Crepe with egg & mushroom
There, I discovered “Cidre de Bretagne”!  The Cidre (or Cider) is fermented alcoholic beverage made from apple juice.  It is served in a bowl which I thought it is a ceramic bowl for soup.  Chúa ơi.  There are two types of Cidre.  It is sweet - and it fits to be consumed with the crepes.

There are variety of crepes; savory and sweet.  The crepe is thin, soft and delicious!  I had a set menu of savory crepe for main course and sweet one for dessert.  Baked caramelized apple crepe -:)

Dessert crepe: banana flambe w/rum
The second visit to La Creperie was two weeks later…  On Sunday evening, invited by my man’s colleague whose father was visiting from Brittany, France, we went to this restaurant again.  Mmm… I was warned that I had to speak French during dinner-:(

It was nice dinner.  We sat in a long table upstairs, chatted friendly and intentionally I sat at the corner of English speaking people!

La Crêpe Suzette as dessert was a nice way to end the dinner.  

See the blue flambe - la crepe suzette

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2) Halal Japanese Teppanyaki

Mr Chef who cooked our crabs
The first time I went to Singaporean food restaurant in HCMC, it was Lion City at Le Anh Xuan Street District 1.  I like Singapore dishes; fried kwee tiau, roti canai, nasi padang, kaya toast, carrot cake, etc. 

Later on I noticed a new branch in Kumho Link District 1, and this one is with a big Teppanyaki table.  On my first visit, I had the chicken set menu which includes veggie and fried rice.  Teppanyaki could be quite fun especially when the chefs are entertaining.  While waiting for the food being prepared, we chatted and had some jokes. 

Black pepper crabs
Another occasion, I had yummy crabs for ladies lunch.  I emailed Harry the owner to specifically ask for female crabs.  Once he mentioned that for such request, it is better to let him know a day before, so they could check on their stock.  So I did.  It was well prepared when we arrived.  We had both black pepper and chili sauce crabs as requested, they were female crabs. Thanks Harry!

Eating crab is so fun, no table manner is required.  In fact, using hands are much easier.  Without hesitation, I took the crab shell and dig out the egg, with the spoon I was able to scoop the chili sauce too and put them in my mouth.  The taste of the egg mixed with the chili sauce, incredible…

Chili sauce crabs

The extra chili sauce on the plate is intentionally served.  Normally chili crab is served together with bread, in this restaurant it is with sliced baguette.  I grabbed smaller piece of bread and dipped it to the chili sauce.

One day, on Monday evening, invited by my blogger mate Kevin- who has been invited by Harry the owner – Kevin, John, Thuy and I tasted the food at halal Japanese Teppanyaki at Vicki’s. 

Yummy squid
Vicki’s Teppanyaki & BBQ is the sister of Lion City. ‘She’ is occupying a new building and situated at the opposite of Lion City’s main branch in Le Anh Xuan Street.  In the fifth floor, there are two Teppanyaki tables.  We sat at the half round one that fits seven people. 

A series of food was prepared and served in front of our eyes: chili crab, squid, prawn, chicken teriyaki…

Two Chefs at Vicki's

Chefs were entertaining.  One played with the cooking tools, the other played the eggs and threw them upwards to her chef hat.

Cooking and eating continued.  Nasi Goreng (fried rice) and Mee Goreng (fried noodle) Malaysia came next.

As for fun, the chef threw a small slice of omelette to guest mouth and I requested to do the same in return.  He took my challenge!  So I threw a tiny omelette to him.  It went successfully well on the second attempt.  Cool… everyone clapped their hands.  

Soft, tender, delicious chicken teriyaki
Nasi (rice) goreng (fried)
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1 comment:

  1. Mouth watering delicious foods are here.. wow!!!