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The Chinese Wishing-Table

Chinese food is somehow my comfort food. When I think of cold winter days I long for hot pot. And pretty often I long for Di San Xian – the 3 treasures of the Earth, my favourite dish back “home” in Beijing. Soup with Jiaozi (ravioli) is one of the first things I have in mind when I think of Shanghai, this hot, fantastic, humid, earthy to mustiness smelling place with a purple sky. I still haven´t found any place that is serving Di San Xian in Europe thus I make it myself. But I have found a few decent places that serve decent Chinese food. And I even found my beloved century eggs/ 皮蛋 (black preserved eggs). Thanks to a huge Chinese Community in Paris you can find not everything but almost everything here!

Chez Xu / Metro Art et Métiers  (2016)

Great surprise in old China town of Paris. Squeeze in on own of the tables and have some real chinese food! abt 10€ per person

Mum Dim Sum / Metro Palais Royal/ Les Halles

cantonese take away, a bit expensive for what it is… but dim sum tends to be expensive in Europe. At least good quality,  funky dim sum of the month and a nice setting. 10-15€ without drinks.

Deux fois plus piment /Metro Richard-Lenoir

Hmm, so spicy! The Sichuan ravioli are just delicious. Young Asian crowd who loves spicy food is usually hanging out here mixed with some first dates and people from the neighborhood. I have been coming back to this place several times. It´s really good even though you should´t be in a hurry. Service is slow and it´s always packed thus consider making a reservation or come early. 15-20€ p.p. Lunch set menu during the week from 6-9€ ( They have opened a 2nd shop in the Marais called Trois fois plus piment)

Ravioli Chinoise Nord-Est /  Metro Belleville

Just feeling like back home in Beijing. Due to recommendations in the Lonely Planet filled with English speakers but still the best ravioli in town in a little shop filled with neon light. The owners are very nice. Don´t miss out on the medusa salad! 5-10€ p.p.

Nanchang /  Metro Charonne

Chinese BBQ and Nanchang clay pot soup in a retro place- think Mao posters and culture revolution decoration including plats and mugs. Young Chinese student crowd. Only opens for dinner. 10-20€ p.p.

Un grand Bol / Metro Belleville

Real Chinese food , very tasty and another gem in the sadly mediocre Chinese restaurant scene of Belleville. 15-20€ p.p

Le Celeste Gourmand  / Metro Hotel de Ville

Serves black eggs, also called Century eggs or 皮蛋! Yummy! Also got good marmite pots. Good pricing, especially for the area. 20€ + p.p

Au Poivre du Szechuan / Metro Belleville

Again spicy! And lot´s of cumin. But that´s what the heart wants when looking for Szechuan food. The lamb dish is very good. Approx. 15 €

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The Thai Wishing-Table

Thai cuisine is brilliantly complex tasting and known for it is amazing balance of sour, sweet, spicy, bitter and salty. Every dish is supposed to balance these flavours therefore you find a pinch of salt in your mango juice and even something is burning hot there might be the sweetness of peanuts or the fresh lemon to balance the spiciness. When you eat with Thai people you should not be surprised to talk about food the entire dinner, maybe just about one dish. I have witnessed hours of discussion about the perfect fish head soup from which are the right ingredients to who does it best his grandmother or this restaurant or someone at the table. There is a genuine enthusiasm in Thai culture for food and cooking that is just adorable. And Thai cuisine offers a wide range of fresh and surprising dishes that you get tired trying more. But after living a year in Thailand I got very picky and too often I am disappointed how the chef adjusted the dish to the western tongue… fair enough as he has a business he needs to keep going but sad for my palate. No, actually it´s sad for everybody, Thai cuisine is delicious and people should open up to the fireworks of spices on their tongue. So about once a week I make a Thai soup or Thai curry at home from scratch. And when I say from scratch I mean it, I´d never use a Thai curry paste from the shop. If I don´t have the time yet long for some hopefully exciting food I might go to one of these places:

Nom Nom  Metro Richard-Lenoir

Little old thai lady serving fish in banana leaves, chicken curry, sticky sticks and yummy coconut balls. Expect 4-6 euro for lunch.

Doi Suthep (traiteur)  Metro Richard Lenoir

Delivers the food to Doi Suthep Restaurant (No.36) down the street but here you pay less and have bigger portions. Expect 5-10 Euro including drinks.

Lao Siam  Metro Belleville

Try the “crying Tiger” if you like it spicy!Tthis place has good food, nice staff and is always busy. Make an reservation if you don´t wanne queue for dinner.  Good place for dates or with a bunch of friends. Approx. 20€ p.p.

Madame Shawn  Metro Jacques-Borsengent

Upscale Thai if you need to pamper yourself in a nice setting. But a tasty curry without rice will cost you 12-15 Euro. Not easy on the wallet. Approx. 30 € p.p.

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