Entering Silla I immediately thought of the Simpson’s foodie episode (brilliantly called “The Food Wife”) where Marge, Lisa and Bart start a food blog to discover Springfield’s most hidden yet incredibly original food spots. Silla definitely fulfills all criteria of authenticity that so many foodies are longing to find – it’s not a restaurant, but more a food shop with some tables and a big open kitchen, all seats were taken by Korean people (one of them being a huge group of Korean women in very similar colorful yet functional attire, happily munching neon-green popsicles), the waitress’ and chef’s German was basic but friendly, and the menu was short and focussed on pork belly. My choice, however, was quickly made: Bibimbap. (Another advantage of being vegetarian is too never have too much choice.)
I wouldn’t say it’s necessary to go out West to have a Bibimbap, there are very fine options on this side of Tiergarten. Still, I am looking for more than that, maybe even a full-on Korean dinner with the table bending because of all the delicious sides, kimchi variations, steamed eggs, soybeans and the likes. So I went West, and what I found was a delicious Bibimbap.
There’s no shortage of Bibimbap in Kreuzberg 36, as I was happy to realize. There’s not only Core, but also Mercosy – the latter being a bit more spacious and offering more places to sit and thus a safer option for a not-too-long lunch break and an insatiable desire for a mixture of rice, vegetables and hot sauce.
Exploring Kreuzberg lunch-wise proves to be a very interesting and joyful enterprise. Just last week we discovered the most lovely little Korean place just off Skalitzer Straße. More of a hole-in-the-wall place, this joint is the younger and smaller sister of Prenzlauer Berg’s Korean institution Core, which was just recently opened and also includes a little shop. Although one wonders how they manage all of that in a place that is merely 20sqm big. But they do.
It’s cold in Berlin, with loads of snow and ice. And all I want to eat are heart warming soups with spicy broths or sizzling bowls with hot ingredients. Easy way to get that in Mitte is going to YamYam, this neat and cosy Korean deli at Rosa Luxemburg Platz.