Rouen – best address for foodies

Living here for almost 2 years now, I think I need to share you my favorite places to eat in Rouen, all the places mentioned below were tested personally:

Poppy’s Fish & Chips 21 Rue Cauchoise, 76000 Rouen

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This takeaway restaurant just opened in 2017, and they serve authentic english fish & chips with mashy peas and tartare sauce. Apparently the owner had spent couple years in England and worked at the English pub, I think that’s the reason why they know how to cook a proper fish & chips. If you don’t really like fishes, they also have fried chicken & chips, and it tastes amazing.

Le Comptoir des Halles – Place du Vieux Marché, 76000 Rouen

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This place is one of my favorite place to eat fresh oyster without going to a fancy restaurant. We also call the place “bar a huitres”, which literally means “oyster bar”. It is located inside the Vieux Marché, so it is very easy to find. I used to come here after rush hour, so the place was less busy and I can enjoy my oyster and a glass of white wine quitely.

Hot dog Corner Rouen – 8 rue Croix Verte, 76000 Rouen

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Funny things, I found this hot dog shop by mistake when I was at Kebab shop nearby. My favorite menu is the classic American with mustard and fried shallots. What make the hot dog tastes amazing is because the owner makes the bun by herself. Not only the hot dog, you need to taste their milkshakes.  You can decide whether to eat your hot dog on the spot, in the restaurant, or take your menu home with you.

Ho Lamian – 243 Rue Eau de Robec, 76000 Rouen

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If you want to eat homemade hand-drown chinesse noodles, this is the best place in town. Price is affordable for a good quality.

Le Pied de Poule – 16 Rue Victor Hugo, 76000 Rouen

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It is not very well located but finally I found not very fancy french restaurant in Rouen. Don’t be surprise if it looks pretty quite from the outside, I think it is simply because it is not located in popular area in Rouen. Yet, the food was delicious, the price was affordable, the decoration is also fine. I ordered the foie gras for starter, then mussels and chips for maincourse.

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Summer fresh juice

IMG_7247Summer is coming, so it’s a perfect time to make your own fresh juice and keep it on your fridge. There’s no rule of mixing various fruits or vegetables, but this one is my suggestion:

  • half of melon
  • 1 glass of pure carrot juice
  • half glass of fresh orange juice
  • juice of half lime

No need extra sugar.

Before you blend everything, make sure to keep all the ingredients in the fridge for couple hours. 🙂

Roast chicken – Jamie Oliver’s revisited recipes

Just bought a whole chicken and found Jamie Oliver’s recipe, I didn’t have all the ingredients as he had, but it was still delicious and perfect for Sunday dinner.
My ingredients:

  • Whole chicken (poulet fermiér)
  • 2 onions
  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • A small bunch of thyme
  • Olive oil
  • Ground sea salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Potatoes (peeled)
  • Duck fat
  • Bisto gravy granule
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Methods:

Roast chicken recipes: click here

Roast potatoes: cut 4 medium potatoes into medium square. 20 minutes after you put the chicken in the oven,  you can start to boil the potatoes for 15 minutes. Drain the water and put boiled potatoes into a tray, sprinkle some duck fat and put on to the oven for 45 minutes. Normally, it’s gonna be ready at the same time with your roast chicken.

Gravy: put 4 heaped teaspoons of Bisto granules into sauce pan, add 280 ml of boiling water, and some juice from the roast chicken. Stir vigorously and continually until you get smooth gravy.

Chillies chicken drumsticks

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New recipe is coming! The chillies chicken drumsticks is one of my basic recipes using some basic ingredients (chillies, tomatoes, garlic, and onion). You can cook any meat with these basic ingredients that you usually have at home. It is very easy and tasty. If you’re not a fans of spicy food, this recipe is not spicy at all, but make sure you de-seeds the fresh chillies and add enough tomatoes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • one pot of red chilli purée
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  • 2 red chillies (de-seeds and thinly sliced)
  • 2 medium tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 lemon grass
  • 2 lime leafs (optional)
  • Juice of half lemon
  • olive oil
  • cooking butter
  • black pepper
  • 1 tbs of caster sugar

For serving: Rice or fried potatoes, cucumbers or pickles and salads.

Methods:

  • Heat 2 tbs olive oil and cooking butter in a medium-high heat. Put the chicken drumsticks and cook it until brown, add some black pepper, stir again and set aside on a plate.
  • Use the rest of the oil and fat from the chicken to stir the onion, garlic, lemon grass, and lime leafs until you can smell the perfume
  • Add fresh red chillies, cook again for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add chilli purée, caster sugar and some cooking butter and  stir it using the wooden spatula until mixed (make sure that the sauce does not dry at the bottom of the pan).
  • Add the chicken drumsticks and some chopped tomatoes, mixed it well, put the lead and let it cooked for at least 20 minutes, but don’t forget to stir it every 10 minutes.
  • Normally there will be some water from the juice of fresh tomatoes, turn the heat off when there’s no more water and add some juice of lemon.
  • Serve it with cooked rice or fried potatoes, cucumber and salads.

 

p.s. Chilli purée usually contains salt, so you do not need to add some salt.

Ultimate barbecue sauce

It’s Saturday and I’ve been asking myself what’s for dinner tonight since lunch time. I thought about KFC but it would end up buying the whole bucket and eat that for two days. So, KFC was not a good choice and I was going to cook instead.

Today’s dinner recipe is beef ribs with homemade barbecue sauce. So far I can remember this is my first time cooking something with a homemade barbecue sauce. Since you know, you can get barbecue sauce easily from supermarkets or left over from your takeaway fast-food. 

However, I’m just going to let you know how to make homemade barbecue sauce, and feel free to choose your own meat.

 

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Barbecue sauce

Ingredients:

  • A slice of beef fat from the ribs
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • A bunch of thyme
  • 2 garlic (chopped)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup of ketchup
  • 1/4 cup of brown sauce
  • 1/4 cup of sweet soy sauce
  • 2 tbs of red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbs of ancient Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp of paprika powder
  • 1 tsp of ground cumin
  • Fresh ground black pepper

Methods:

Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. Put thyme and beef fat for about 3 minutes. Add garlic and onion, cook slowly without colouring for another 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, stir the sauce regularly, and turn the heat down. Cook the sauce for about 20 minutes to meld the flavours. Once the sauce is done cooking, set 1/2 cups of the sauce and reserve for serving with you grilled meat.

Use the remaining sauce for drizzling your meat before cooking.

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