At Man Nam in Rotterdam, you can eat a Korean wreck with a giant ice cream

Man Nam Restaurant in Rotterdam.Els Zweerink . statue

Do you also feel the need for some full-on cheer at the end of summer? Then I advise you to go and eat Korean food somewhere – nowadays you can do it in almost all Dutch cities. Korea is a big country and its culture is complex and very regionally specific, but in general I think it can be safely said that South Koreans are world champions in cheerful taste.

The complete set of tools for what makes food dazzling, juicy, invigorating, delicious, spicy and delicious is taken out of the cupboard. Umami and layers of soy and pepper paste are everywhere, such as doenjang (miso-like soy paste), ganjang (a type of soy sauce) and gochujang (pepper paste that you can also find in well-stocked supermarkets these days). In addition, there is the freshness of ginger, green onions and garlic, as well as the addictive baking taste of grilled meat and fried garlic. Then there’s the fresh dairy taste characteristic of pickled vegetables that are a part of nearly every meal. Kimchi (spicy or fermented cabbage with milk, tuber, cucumber or sprouts) is thus the national dish of South Korea, with most families having a specially equipped refrigerator.

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Goudsesingel 39A, Rotterdam
Number: 8-
Korean restaurant with many traditional and modern dishes to share: fried chicken, stews, soups, dishes from the barbecue table, and Korean spiced ice dessert Bingsu.

contagious atmosphere

The restaurant’s kitchens are quite luxurious. Korean barbecue, Korean fried chicken, and Korean dumplings (mandu) have long been loved in the United States, where many major cities have a large Korean community. Here, too, dishes and ingredients are now increasing. At Man Nam, from Rotterdamer Donnie Kim who was born in South Korea, you can enjoy an array of traditional and modern dishes.

Kim quit his well-paid office job to open the restaurant, which has a small balcony sandwiched between Beter Horen and a sun protection specialist. The place is simply decorated – on a table with it work character And the “Save water drink sojuNeon lamp after. The festive atmosphere comes mainly from the food and guests; Both were brought in large quantities. It’s a relaxing and action-packed activity: groups of friends serving big table roasts, girls in colorful headscarves eating giant ice cream and piles of sticky fried chicken after an intense filming. Eating with chopsticks, hands, hands in plastic gloves, forks, big ladles, swallowing from plates – the atmosphere is definitely contagious.

Yang yim chicken in sweet hot sauce.  Els Zweerink . statue

Yang yim chicken in sweet hot sauce.Els Zweerink . statue

Korean Meal Basics

The basic structure of a traditional Korean meal usually consists of rice (bab), a light or more important soup (tang or gok), supplemented, for example, stew (jigae) and/or grilled, grilled, steamed meat or fish dishes. Food served with alcohol is called anju. Sticky fried chicken is excellent with beer, and a dish like stir-fried kimchi with tofu (dobo-kimchi) is an ideal accompaniment to the slender soju rice dripper. Small side dishes called banchan are always served: pickled vegetables, omelette pieces, dried fish or steamed fish farce.

Also in Man Nam, we get a bowl of vegetables right away: pickled cucumbers, bean sprouts salad and a very small strand of kimchi, which nonetheless tastes good. There are blonde house beers and Asian beers on the menu, different types of soju and soju cocktails and also Korean makgeolli milky rice wine with different flavours. The map is large, everything is available to share and the choice is difficult. The service is not all well versed in the size and content of the dishes, but the owner, who has a conversation at almost every table, explains it to us with enthusiasm and assistance.

Luxurious, delicious, wonderful festive

We start with chicken Yang Yam (€16.40), a generous portion of crunchy wing portions, wrapped in a sweet and spicy sauce of gochujang, garlic, sugar and spices. There is a full menu of fried chicken on offer, from very hot (“angry Korean”) to sweet, with yogurt and onions or with honey and butter. American preserved dairy and meat products are widely used in modern Korean cuisine. Dakgalbi (€29.40, spicy fried chicken dish) under a thick layer of melted cheese is also on the menu here. Anthony Bourdain’s “Korean Army Broth”, which is usually filled with canned meat like spam, comes to Man Nam with homemade sausage. The kimchi pancake should be super crunchy, brick red, and addictively delicious; It’s been here for a while and we find it tacky and very expensive for that (14.40€). Gapchi (€13.40) is a deep-fried dish of light yellow glass noodles made of sweet potato starch (dangmyeon) with various vegetables and mushrooms and flavored with sesame and soybeans. Tasty.

Korean beef, which can be grilled by itself.  Els Zweerink . statue

Korean beef, which can be grilled by itself.Els Zweerink . statue

There is a complete list Bulgogi (literally: fire meat) dishes of beef, pork and octopus (about 20 euros). Table grills are very nice, as the meat, whether seasoned or not, can be grilled and wrapped in lettuce with side dishes and seasonings. We eat great tofu soup (coming soon Bubu Geon-Gol Special, €29.40). A spicy soup filled with big chunks of soft tofu, pork belly, eggs, rice cakes, vegetables and mushrooms. Beef Shorttrip (€17.40) in a delicious beef broth that instantly improves your taste, and tastes excellent.

Bingsu with mango.  Els Zweerink . statue

Bingsu with mango.Els Zweerink . statue

Bingsu is a Korean ice made from a machine that cuts frozen condensed milk into sweet ice. Man Nam offers a variety of flavors from red bean and sesame to strawberry and chocolate. On the advice of the owner, we choose mango (13.90 euros). Bingsu should also be shared with the whole table: it’s a huge pile of snow on an ice plate and looks like a dessert for a giant little boy. It has fresh and delicious mango garnished with a large red candy and a sprig of mint. Luxurious, delicious, wonderful festive.

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Butter, cheese and kimchi

There is an opinion about East Asian cuisine that almost no dairy is eaten, but South Korean cuisine is a notable exception. Butter and cheese are commonly used, as is yogurt, as are American preserves such as spam and hot dogs. In fact, the country is one of the largest importers of “American cheese,” the yellow cheddar-like factory cheese often found in hamburgers. These interesting additions stem from the large US military force that was stationed in South Korea during the Korean War. In the few years after the war, factory products were a welcome addition to the diet. Cheese and preserves can be found in all kinds of dishes, stews, kimbap (sushi-like rice rolls), and even in instant Korean ramen, melted cheese is a surprising (and delicious) addition.

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