It’s almost a year ago since the best foodie-invention since the Thai Market came to our lovely city and we’ve been enthusiastic fans of the glorious Street Food Thursday at Markthalle IX ever since. One of its qualities is the ever changing list of vendors. While starting with (and still often featuring) foodie stars like Fräulein Kimchi or Glücksmädchen; many new favorites have been added. It was about time to show you some (new) highlights.
The booth selling this Japanese delicacy is usually decorated with a long line of patiently waiting people. No wonder, it takes time to perfectly prepare Tako–yaki in a special pan, a ball-shaped Japanese snack filled with octopus, tempura flakes and cabbage, and then topped with a special sauce, mayonnaise and bonito flakes (that weirdly move for a long time after they handed you the finished plate). But the happy faces of visitors munching on Maru Takoyaki’s treats tell me it’s worth the wait.
While my friends waited for their Japanese plate, I marveled at the craftsmanship presented at the stall of Bejing Snacks. What looks like a rather simple dish in this picture, was just manually crafted in front of my eyes. I kid you not, the sight of someone shaping long thin noodles out of a dough-ball is fascinating and I could’ve spent a long time just looking. They’re topped with herbs, sauce and something they called vegetarian scampi, with which I assumed they meant the cubes of fried and spiced tofu.
I’m sure many of you already know this treat, it’s Mogg & Melzer’s pastrami sandwich (I learned my lesson from calling this a “burger” during the first Berlin’s Best Burger voting). It has gazillion of fans, so either be early or be patient. Satisfied foodie-smiles guaranteed.
My personal favorite of the night were these Knödel – sadly they look rather unflattering in this photograph (all fault goes to the impatience of the photographer, in this case myself.). But their hearty taste and beautiful texture made me very happy. One’s filled with cheese, the other with spinach, and I bet it was the last time the stall of their makers, Knödelwirtschaftswunder, had no line in front of it.
Add-on: The best NYC cheese cake in Berlin, made by Five Elephants, was already sold out around 7.30pm. We don’t say it has anything to do with our praise, but if you plan to have it as your Street Food Thursday dessert, get it once you arrive and hide it in a safe place until you finished enjoying the savouries. Otherwise, just enjoy Zwei Dicke Bären’s delicious ice-cream sandwiches.