Forget about pho, in Hoi An, Cao Lau rules. And what is Cao Lau? It is like a noodle soup without soup. Huh? Think thick white noodles, fresh herbs and slices of pork, and we’re on the same page. Crispy and chewy, fresh and delicious. You mix it all together before eating, so you get a little bit of everything with every heavenly mouthful.
Flødeboller! In its most basic form, a flødebolle is a chocolate-covered meringue-like mass on a thin, round wafer. You’ll find the popular treat at any Danish kid’s birthday party, but in recent years, flødeboller have seen a surge in popularity among adults too, a surge which I think has been largely driven by a reinvention of the concept.
The first couple of nights, we stayed at Loisir hotel which is smack in the middle of bustling Myeong-dong. The area mostly caters to tourists and teenagers, and the big pedestrian street is lined with food stalls selling all the trendy snacks you’ve seen on Instagram. Though we weren’t in the mood for Tornado Potatoes or rainbow-colored cotton candy, so instead I did a quick Google-search to find out where we could go for chimaek, the famous Korean beer (maek-ju) and-fried chicken combo. Well, YG Republique was right around the corner.
Located down one of the more anonymous side streets in glitzy Apgujeong, Sahm’s got the vibe of an NYC speakeasy. The small room doesn’t fit more than a handful of guests, so even though there’s nothing secret about Sahm, the cool clientele and the fact that most of the bartenders look like K-Pop stars make you feel kind of special too.
Trusted Foodie Friend 1+2 both work in Dubai Marina, so Fümé was an obvious choice for our last lunch date. Fümé is flirting with a bunch of different cuisines. Sometimes it works out really well (I’ll never forget the Korean inspired beef brisket lettuce wraps, they were to die for!) while at other times, it comes out mildly disastrous (Thai beef salad, I’m looking at you).
The next couple of months I’ll be busy studying for two big exams, so I’m taking a break from blogging until late August. I will still be active on Instagram, and you’ll find my account here:
In Tórshavn, we had dinner at Barbara, which is a new fish restaurant located in a beautiful old Faroese house. We had the From Our Fjords Menu, which took us through most of the menu highlights. First out was some amazing horse mussels. They were the size of a hand and incredibly tender and delicious.
It’s great to be back in the Faroe Islands. We’ve spent a couple of days in Tórshavn, but now we’re at Poul’s mom’s place on Svínoy. The weather is awesome (after Faroese standards) and I’ve been eating lots of delicious Faroese skerpikjøt (air-dried, fermented lamb meat).