Where in the world is The Hungry Ginger?

Where in the world is The Hungry Ginger?

Map of the World - The Hungry Ginger

I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve, except my Santa arrives about 7.30 tomorrow in the shape of an Uber.

I’m about to embark on a 2 month trip, covering some destinations I’ve had on the bucket list for what feels like an eternity. I’m underprepped, excited and more than a little nervous (especially at the thought of leaving my cats for 2 months).

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To market, to market … when in Munich

To market, to market … when in Munich

My meanderings through various cities inevitably lead me to the city market.

ViktualienMarkt
ViktualienMarkt

I find markets to be places where you can always find a plethora of local food that you mightn’t always get from a restaurant. I’m a believer that you can’t really experience a country until you eat it. A market is a great place to start.

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Laverbread – Not your traditional loaf.

Laverbread – Not your traditional loaf.

Laverbread - raw
In it’s raw form

In fact it’s not bread at all …

It’s actually boiled and minced seaweed (laver): a popular ingredient in Welsh dishes, particularly for breakfast when coated with oatmeal and served with cockles.

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Eating insects in China

Eating insects in China

Street Food Bugs

Well once they were alive… now they are deep-fried and covered in chili and salt!

To preface: We decided on a cheeky overnight trip from Shanghai to Hangzhou via 300kph bullet train (AMAZING!) to try to escape the city and possibly the heat for a night…

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Hot spice and everything nice!

Hot spice and everything nice!

 

Such a cute little face!
Such a cute little face!

I like to think myself pretty lucky that I have a high tolerance for spicy food dishes.If I didn’t, then I would be missing out on so many awesome meals and choice, especially in Asia.

It is without fear of the “ring of fire” that I often order the spiciest on the menu, partly for the flavour and partly for the challenge.

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Stinky fermented tofu

Stinky fermented tofu

Stinky Tofu
Stinky Tofu

I don’t know what the big fuss is about…Yes it smells a bit pongy, and looks like some sort of strange cheese, but stinky fermented tofu is actually quite delicious!

It has a smell, sort of like dirty wet socks and a touch of “I’ve left my washing in the machine too long” smell. However, when fried and served with sweet soy and chilli sauce, the smell goes away and a delicious pickled tofu taste emerges, and let’s be honest anything fried tastes better doesn’t it?

We sampled these from the touristy area of Yu Yuan Gardens in Shanghai, where the food vendors lining the streets sell all manner of things, but none so enticing as those mouldy socks!

 

This picture may or may not be dramatised.
This picture may or may not be dramatised.
Discovering Ox Tongue Yakitori

Discovering Ox Tongue Yakitori

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I’ve never been much into offal. Mum has always said its just (awf-ul) off-al 😉

However can you classify ox tongue as offal when it’s a muscle just like meat in a leg or arm? I’m going with no for the sake of my arguement!

Anyway, I have decided that ox tongue needs to get more cred because it is really amazingly delicious. It’s springy and lean and had a rich taste and if its served BBQ on a Yakitori stick (like I have become obsessed with) then it’s positively melt in the mouth.

Do yourself a favour and order it.

Apparently it’s great in a pasta bake covered with cheese… Challenge accepted!