Chinese New Year

So it is now the year of the pig. We celebrate the Chinese New Year every year with a nice dinner at our house.

Photo Malin Nordblom

I am not chinese, but my daughter is. And I lived there for nearly 7 years. So that’s why;)

This year I made 6 different dishes, and it took me a day to prepare. Chinese food is all about cutting it all into little pieces and mixing it with ginger, Chili and garlic. And other little things;)

I will add lot’s of recipes at the blog.

So what should you drink with the food?

This year I had the best paired wine with the food ever. Two different kinds of Stoneleigh from New Zealand.

I actually preferred the Chardonnay with the food. It was a perfect match! But my husband liked the other one better. I will stock up with the Stoneleigh Latitude Chardonnay because it’s the best wine I ever had with the Chinese food. And I have 16 years of experience of chinese food and wine;)

The food I make is just a little bit spicy, the Shanghai style of cooking. I did make a Sichuan dish too, and I still loved the Chardonnay with it. The wine is very rich and well just buy it, trust me!

The Wild Valley Sauvignon Blanc was a good one too, but more on the sweet side. I had this one with fish the other night and it was perfect!

So just stay updated on my blog, and I will give you all those recipes to go with the wine!

Enjoy!!

Gong Xi Fa Cai🎋

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Saravanaa Bhavan

The Indian chain Saravanaa Bhavan has finally reached Sweden with its vegetarian food. It is the worlds biggest Indian vegetarian chain, and you can find them in a lot of country’s. The chain was founded 1981 in Chennai by Mr Rajagopal.

He was born as a low caste in a remote province, and his life is like a Cinderella story. He moved to Chennai as a teenager and started little grocery shops. He found out that there was a demand for restaurants, so he started some. Which at first didn’t go all well, but when it took of it was like a success story! He is famous for that he treats his employees well and they worship him, he has built temples in the village where he was born. One “small detail” is that he is a convicted murder, who was released on bail after a year in prison. He is not allowed to leave the country, but except that he is still living as nothing happened. And who knows what happened..

The food at the restaurants comes from different parts of Southern India. So you find both some spicy and non spicy food.

For example, you can get some golden brown yummy dosas (it’s like a wafer thin pancake) , idlis, Vada or a full meal Thali and many more delicacies.

You have the option of different Chutney’s, Currie’s and I well can just keep on going.. You should just go there, and try it out. Just make sure you order a dosa..

I had some delicious food; Mini masala dosa, Cocos chutney, Medhu Vada and some other things.

Locations worldwide:

http://saravanabhavan.com

R Asia

This is a great Chinese restaurant for authentic Chinese food, it is located in Solna, Stockholm.

You have two options at the restaurant, go there for a buffet.

Or book a table in one of the two private rooms, and have a private party with real Chinese food. They even have a karaoke here! So it’s just like being in China. (I love karaoke 😉

We had Feiteng fish, Guobao pork, pork belly with chilli oil and Fish Fragrant Aubergine. The aubergine doesn’t have any fish in it.It is just prepared the way you do with the fish.

Feiteng Waterboiled Fish, I think that everyone loves this dish! Just make sure you don’t eat the Sichuan corns!

I have a friend that ate a whole fish alone once;) Because I wanted some other food.. 😂

For the buffet, I have no idea how it is. I rather go for all the food I’m used too!

Asia R Asia

Address:Postgången 59, Solna ( Just when you come up from the tube station!)

Phone:08-270808

www.rasia.se

Restaurant China

Is a real chinese restaurant in Stockholm. After 7 years in China, I like to get some good chinese food every now and then. And I’m really happy when I don’t have to cook it myself.

At China they even have a Beijing duck owen, I haven’t tried it jet, but everyone that has say’s that it is great. But what I do know is that they have a superb false Beijing duck. What is that you might think, it is shredded pork with spring onions and bean sauce. It reminds you of Beijing duck, and the same sauce is used. And you eat it with bread. The story goes that a grand father couldn’t afford to cook Beijing duck for his son, so he made it with pork instead. And when the grandson grew up to become a chef he was served the real stuff and then got the story behind it from his grand father.

They serve food from different parts of China, and it’s all really good!

I can totally recommend this place!

Adress; Ringvägen 110, Stockholm

Phone +46 8 668 8771

Mail info@restaurantchina.se

Christmas at Operakällaren

Operakällaren is a very nice old classic restaurant that first opened up in 1787 in the basement of the old Opera house in Stockholm. Since then it has been torn down and a new house was built in the beginning of 19th century. It has always been a top restaurant , and yesterday I was invited to a Christmas lunch there with Huawei.

The dessert table was amazing! And I just love desserts so much!

We were in a private room situated upstairs. And I had actually never been in there!

I love the small sausages, they are called prinskorvar. Which literally means prince sausages 🤣

We eat a lot of salmon and herring at all big holidays in Sweden.

And then we have the “lutfisk” Stock fish where the dry fish has been put into lye, and then it all gets soaked in lye. And then it will get boiled. The whole procedure takes more than two weeks!

Tastes good? According to me, no. According to my colleague Tove Yes.

In Sweden we have been eating this for more than 500 years! And king Gustav the 3rd ate the fish during the whole spring apparently!

Well I stick to the rest of the food! I prefer that;)

Have a fab holiday🎅🏻🤶🏼

/ Malin

Dona Saffron

One of the best Christmas drinks ever.

This is the very easy recipe!

Happy holidays everyone!

4 cl Vodka

2 cl freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 cl saffron sugar syrup (recipe further down)

3 cl orange juice

1 cl Aperol

Shake everything except the Aperol.

Pour into a nice glas with some ice.

Add the Aperol.

Enjoy!!

How to make Saffron Syrup;

3 dl of water

3 dl of granulated sugar

Let it simmer until the sugar is totally dissolved. Don’t forget to stir!

Turn of the heat, add 0,5 gram of saffron powder. Stir and pour up into a bottle.

You can keep it in the fridge.

Nytorget 6

I was the guide at a Food Tour at Södermalm in Stockholm today.

Great fun! I had a group from Norway, and I think I did pretty well even if it was my first tour I talked on all stops nearly. My colleague Gunilla did 2 of the stops.

One of the stops were at restaurant Nytorget 6. Its an international restaurant in the trendy part of Södermalm called SoFo(South of Folkungagatan) and it has a nice soft vibe. The food is Scandinavian with an Southern European touch. Today they had a nice platter with tuna, pork and lamb. And a cocktail, and Nytorget has some really good cocktails.

This it’s a perfect place to hang out at. But If you wanna eat, reserve a table! It’s normally pretty full in there during the evening. They are open from 7.30 during weekdays. And they serve some of Stockholm’s best breakfasts!

http://nytorget6.se/

Nytorget 6 is both the name of the restaurant, and the address. Pretty clever I have to say!