It took me a couple of Metros to get to Pruessenpark. Surprisingly this was a hugely popular park on a Saturday evening. The place was abuzz with Thai families. Teenagers playing frisbee and ball games. Thai aunties with little grill frying up different types of fish, prawns. There were large bowls of soups, curries, sticky rice. And my favourite the tapioca, red bean, jelly coconut milk icy drink.
I chatted with some of the ladies. They were reluctant to let me photograph them. One them told me she has been coming here for 16 years. That the police does show up and they all just hide the money and pretend it is a family picnic. It has been the practice for many many years. She could not recall how far back the Thai community of Berlin had been congregating at the park. She did smile and say - More people here than Buddhist Temple.
|Thai fried fish, fried chicken|
|The famous Thai mortar and pestle|
|Liver? Heart? Testicles?|
|My favourite tapioca, fruity, corn, beans, coconut icy drink|
|Irene's lovely bangles and our very colorful rug|
|Barbequed chicken or pork?|
|A pho kind of chicken soup|
|Vietnamese spring rolls|
The lady I chatted with requested me not to take pictures of the park. I wish I had photos to share with you how wonderfully colorful this picnic was.
Can someone translate for me please. I saw this on the way to Pruessenpark
On another night after experiencing the beautiful Sauna performance by my host Peter, which I will have to write about in a separate post, we (Peter, Ringo, Joey, Irene and I) headed out to this Ramen Noodle place another recommendation by Ringo. This place was quite simple and lovely and was called Next to and the restaurant it was next to was called Kuchi. So the story goes that Kuchl has been a very popular Sushi restaurant in Berlin so the Ramen Noodle bar which is fairly new decided to call itself Next To. Clever. Another lovely feature was that all the bowls, plate, glasses, were hand made japanese ceramics and wooden spoons. They have a lovely backyard with benches.
It was a beautiful night. We ordered Edemame beans and ramen soup. Ringo and I ordered the Tonkotsu soup and the rest the Miso soup. Ringo promised me it is a soup I will not forget with slices of pork and a nice chunk of pork belly that has been cooked for over 12 hours. The broth is basically made with boiling the bones for several hours. Can I tell you by far the most beautiful soup I have ever had. EVER. There were sprouts, vegetables, boiled egg, slices of pork, seaweed, miso, ramen noodles of course and a sexy piece of pork belly. The noodles wrapped in basil leaves with the flavorings of this perfect broth was lovely to slurp. The broth reminded me why all the times I have looked for comfort in my food.
I looked into my soup and smiled savoring every bite. I took a small bite of the belly, it melted. It was delicate, soft and succulent. I sighed. Ringo was watching me and smiled giving me the see I told you look. Joey- Peter's friend a photographer helped my food pose for me. Later we ordered a large bowl of green tea ice-cream. We sprinkled the sesame seeds generously on the ice cream. The conversation light and fun. Another night where I felt completely at home in Berlin - a real Berliner. After dinner we got on bicycles and headed back home where we some more wine- I for a change stuck to trying another German beer.
|Our merry group|
|Joey and Ringo|
|Peter explaining the edemame|
|Boiled egg in the Miso soup.|
|Joey posing with the soup|
|'Im in love with you' Pork belly|
|The Tonkotsu soup|
|The Ramen Noodle Soup|
|Peter- A lovely hand made ceramic mug.|
|Save the best for last|
|Green tea ice cream|
|The walls were made of printed wooden plywood planks. More translations in order.|
|The soup prep bar|
|Handmade ceramic bowls|
|The other soups|
|The Bibimbap and iced tea|
|Loft or Love. (convert into upscale condos or leave it for the squatters) Liebe Liebe Liebe I say!|
The Peter's Apartment building:
|The view from my room and my bed|
|the neighbours wall|
|the gorgeous staircase.|
|The breath taking mind-blowing Tacheles right next to Peter's|