Thursday, September 27, 2012

Ramen Kimama @ Birger Jarlsgatan, Stockholm, Sweden

I'll be lying if I told you that we did not crave for any oriental food during our trip to Scandinavia. In fact, all my family members started petitioning to have Asian food on our second day in Stockholm.
Yaki Soba (SEK 140) - My uncle was smitten by the large batch of Yaki Soba, studded with cabbages, onions, carrots and bite sized pork. This was merely the beginning of a wonderful meal at Raman Kimama.
Nabeyaki Udon (SEK 145) - The Nabeyaki Udon was heart warming and delicious, thanks to the chewy udon noodles, vegetables, poached egg, tempura shrimp, kamaboka (fish cake), bean curd and chicken. My auntie had no trouble slurping it up - all by herself! 
Shio Ramen (SEK 115) - There may be many form of ramen soup, but the foundation of a good soup remains the same. The key is to pull out as much flavor as possible from the boned-up stock for a good long time. This Shio Ramen was a testament to the classic bone-based broth - Delicate and Rich! Dad was chirpy with his choice. 
Miso Ramen (SEK 115) - The miso fortified pork bones soup was dominated with shredded pork, bean sprouts, onions and scallions. Needless to say, the bouncy noodles and ingredients built around the flavored soup effortlessly.  It was indeed an excellent choice for myself. 
Tom Yum Ramen (SEK 160) - Mum took an alternative route, where she beelined to the exotic Tom Yum Ramen, treating herself with lip smacking spicy soup filled fresh seafood and vegetables. The result of sipping hot soup during cold weather was sensational.
Gyoza - The covered pan fried gyoza hosted the filling well, helping to end our meal and paused our cravings for the next few days.  


Smitten Dishes:
Miso Ramen 
Shio Ramen
Tom Yum Ramen

Ramen Kimama
Address: Birger Jarlsgatan 93, Stockholm, Sweden.
Telephone: 08-155539

Monday, September 24, 2012

Sushi Etiquette : The Correct Way of Eating Sushi

I love sushi. Perhaps is the beautiful marriage of fresh fish and grainy goodness that keeps me coming back for more. Being an ardent sushi eater, I was surprised to find out that I have been breaking some of the important sushi eating rules. 

Did you know that you are not supposed to mix wasabi with soy sauce? (Hmmm...I wonder who came out with this idea of mixing it together). Also, never ever rub your chopsticks against each other to remove splinters. It is extremely rude. (Really?? Not even for safety reason?).

Friday, September 21, 2012

Fem Sma Hus @ Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden

The restaurant name which literally means "five small houses" has been in business since 1969, serving classic Swedish food with a French twist. 
The 5 basement houses are connected via exposed bricks passageways, with decors that reminiscent the 17th century.  
Assorted Herrings and Fish: Vendace bleak roe, herring, Baltic herring, marinated salmon, smoked salmon, mackerel and marinated elk (SEK 270). Each items were meticulously handcrafted, making it hard not to scoop everything up in one bite!
Two Kinds of Salmon (SEK 210) - They say good things come in pairs, and this is certainly the case at Fem Sma Hus. Each salmon were paired with compatible other half, be it the velvety smooth tartar or the shrimp with horseradish mix. 
Seared Halibut with Shrimps (SEK 310) - The seared halibut pale against its peers, as it was a tad overcooked and a little too plain. Shrimps, horseradish, melted butter and spinach were served alongside. 
Vegetable Tagliatelle (SEK 180) - The towering homemade tagliatelle were infused with hearty greens, accompanied by some rocket salad and walnuts. This may be a simple affair, but the flavors were rich and dense. 
Roast Lamb Rumps (SEK 320) - The succulent lamb rumps were perfectly cooked, drizzled with rosemary sauce and sided by some vegetables and a potato cake. 
Fillet of Reindeer with Port Wine Sauce (SEK 325) - The lingonberries were as red as rubies, while the reindeer fillets were as tender as midnight moon. Reindeer is a very popular meat amongst Scandinavians, especially during the winter months. Its flavors are best retained when served rare or medium rare.
Raspberry Soup with Lime Parfait (SEK 110) - The all natural raspberry was assertive, creamy and most importantly, not too sweet. 
Rhubarb and Strawberry Pie (SEK 125) - If you are not in the mood for soup, the restaurant also doubles as a good place to enjoy quality pies. To top it off, a scoop of maple syrup ice cream was added - helping to deliver another big smile on my face.


Smitten Dishes:
Assorted herrings and marinated fish
Fillet of reindeer with port wine sauce
Raspberry soup with lime parfait
Rhubarb and Strawberry pie 

Address: Nygrand 10, 113 30 Stockholm
Telephone: +46 8 108 775
Opening Hours: Open from 5pm everyday

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Den Gyldene Freden @ Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden

A continuous stroll at Gamla Stan will ultimately lead you to one of the oldest restaurant in Sweden - Den Glydene Freden. 
The restaurant name which means "Golden Peace" refers to the famous Treaty of Nystad in 1721, that helped ended the Great Northern War by making peace between Sweden and Russia. 
This traditional rustic Swedish home cooking restaurant has been in business since 1722. 
Its cozy interior, dim lighting and antique furnitures helped to recreate the 18th century dining ambiance.
The rustic open air kitchen was bright and graceful, filled with modern cookwares.
We were offered three types of bread - Swedish flat bread (top) Limpa bread (center) and Baguette (bottom). The limpa bread was extremely memorable given its unique caraway and anise flavors. It also had a subtle sweet tone, which made it rather interesting. 
House Made Selection of Herrings and Baltic Herrings - As we waltzed through the herrings from sweet (honey herring) to savory (capers herrings and goat cheese herring). We were presented with some boiled potatoes.
These delicate and lightweight potatoes paired well with the heavily cured herrings. 
Swedish Meatballs with Cucumber, Lingonberries and Cream Sauce -You can't leave the restaurant without trying the meatballs with lingonberries. The meatballs were bursting with fresh minced meat and was further punctuated with some lingonberries and cream sauce. If only we can find such delicious meatballs back in Malaysia.
Lingonberries also known as mountain cranberries, is a staple food in Scandinavia. It is a popular relish for meatball, beef stew and liver dishes. 
Marinated and Butter-fried Cod with Crayfish Sauce and Spinach (SEK 325) - The pairs were marinated and slightly butter-fried before it was topped with a slew of crayfish sauce. The final flourish of spinach and potatoes were ideal for spooning over the creamy sauce. 
Beef with Chanterelles, Bacon and Mashed Potatoes (SEK 355) - Lastly, the steak found its way from the vintage cookbook to the dining room's table. The perfectly cooked steak was hard to go wrong with any sauce, but the chanterelles sauce with bacon was a marvel. 


Den Gyldene Freden
Address: Osterlanggatan 51, Box 2269, 103 17 Stockholm. 
Phone: 46 (8) -249760

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Fika @ The Royal Palace, Stockholm, Sweden

During the hot days, you will see people socializing and taking coffee breaks under the sun. But during the cold days, most people will look for a warm and cozy interior for their coffee breaks. 
Since the weather was good, we decided to take a short fika outside The Royal Palace.
Inside the peaceful Palace's square, you will encounter a cafe truck selling a wide variety of delicious sandwiches and homemade pastries. 
The colorful food selections was accompanied by a relaxing outdoor seating and a beautiful view of The Royal Palace.
You can't say that you have visited Sweden without trying the humble cinnamon bun. The cinnamon bun was big, rich and studded with sweet icing - a perfect match for a cup of black coffee.
The Swedish apple pie was slightly different from the usual English style we know. The apples were held together by a softer dough instead of a crusty base. It was indeed a lovely pie with a different twist. 
When I arrived in Stockholm, my dad taught me a new word called "Fika", which means to drink coffee/tea/squash, accompanied by something sweet such as cinnamon rolls. This is similar to our Malaysian way of "Yam Cha",  except that our version of Fika is usually cheaper and involves something savory. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Nobel Museum @ Stockholm, Sweden

Head towards the heart of Old Town and you will find the famous Nobel Museum, where 826 individuals and 20 organizations were awarded between 1901 to 2011 - all in accordance with the will of one man, Alfred Nobel. 
Inside the museum, you will learn about the Nobel Prize and its founder, as well as the work and ideas of many creative minds. 
The Nobel Museum offers English guided tours everyday at no extra fees. It is probably the best way to experience and learn more about the museum and the Nobel Prize.
Alfred Nobel was a chemist, engineer and an inventor. He was also the creator of dynamite, which made him a very rich man. In his will, he wrote that every year a Nobel Prize will be given to a person that has contributed the most in the field of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, peace and economics, where the winner would receive a part of his fortune's revenue. 
With more than 800 laureates, the museum has decided to present each laureate in a random order, through a portrait and prize citation along a unique cableway on the ceiling. 
During my visit, I had the chance to catch the Sketches of Science exhibition where German photographer Volker Steger displayed 50 portraits of Nobel Laureates holding a huge piece of paper, describing their discovery.
Nobel Museum
Address: Borshuset, Stortorget 2, Gamla Stan
Subway Station: T-Station Gamla Stan
Telephone: +46 (0) 8534 818 00

Adult: SEK80
Children: SEK 60
Audio Guide: SEK 20

Free Guided Tours (everyday):
Winter - 11.15am and 3 pm 
Summer - 10.15am, 11.15am, 3pm and 4pm