Tag: Korean Food

Korean in Berlin: Madang

This recommendation comes with a bit of a catch, because this is not a place you can just go and order anything. Some items on the menu are delicious, some are surprisingly bland. And while I am usually the first to rule a place out because of inconsistency, the dishes that are made well, are so good, you won’t find them anywhere else in Berlin… Like the Doengjang Jigae, a stew made of Korean fermented soy-bean paste.

Bibimbap in Berlin: Silla

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.)

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Korean in Berlin: Ban Ban Kitchen

What I love most about the Berlin food scene is that it lets you travel the world just by wandering the streets and stopping here and there for something to eat — whether that means digging into a French breakfast, cherishing an American cheesecake with your coffee, or slurping up a bowl of ramen.

Actual world travel can be just as inspiring: On a trip to Korea, the Berlin-born Korean-Vietnamese team behind Ban Ban Kitchen had the genius idea to start serving Korean soulfood. In their tiny shop in the U-Bahn-forsaken south of Neukölln they now serve a kind of fusion food that is anything but fussy, combining the best of two international (street) cuisines — read: kimchi pommes or bulgogi burgers.

bibimbap at mercosy, Kreuzberg, berlin

Bibimbap in Berlin: Mercosy

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.