Miss Piggy Rolls

If you like Vietnamese food, you’ll definitely LOVE Viêt View. This happening place in De Foodhallen  pleases with Vietnamese street food deluxe. Yes, Viêt View sells bánh mì (Vietnamese-style baguettes) with pork belly and chicken, but also with stir-fried tofu and grilled rib-eye. Of course the enthusiastic Vietnamese crew knows how to prepare goi cuon. Viêt View’s fresh rice paper rolls are filled with little gem, rice vermicelli, cucumber, carrot, chives, coriander, mint and your choice of meat (chicken, pork, rib-eye), tofu or shrimps. To be eaten on the spot or at home with hoisin sauce or a sweet-sour dressing. These little flavour ‘bombs’ are all excellent, but I would die for the ones with pork. I mean, what’s not to like about slices of juicy braised pork seasoned with crushed black peppercorn and drizzled with caramel? Be patient if you want to get ‘piggy’ too. Since local newspaper Het Parool voted Viêt View the best stall of De Foodhallen the place is even more en vogue. But this pig is definitely worth the wait.

Viêt View
Goi cuon with caramelized pork, one portion, €6.50
Bellamyplein 51, De Foodhallen (West)
Opening hours: Monday-Wednesday 11am-8pm, Thursday-Saturday 11am-9pm, Sunday 11am-6pm

Puff Babies

foto-78CORLyon, Résidence Universitaire André Allix. At that place I ate my first éclair. My Brasilian friend Fabiano gave it to me: ‘Trish, close your eyes and have a bite.’ I did what I was told. The lightest, airiest pastry I had ever tasted, an icing of pure chocolate, custard-like cream with vanilla. Hallelujah! Who created this? Years later the éclairs of Betty Blue made me scream the H-word again. In this mini-museum, patisserie and coffee spot in one you’ll find two lovely bakers: Yvette and Clara. Yvette has been baking for the last six years at her coffee place T Eten en Drinken. Clara is an enthusiastic baker too. These ladies sure know how to make éclairs. This dough of these babies consists of butter, water, eggs and flour and is supposed to puff up in the oven until it’s eventually set by the heat. What you’ll find inside depends on your mood. When you’re feeling blue you just want your fillings to be fresh and fruity, don’t you? These three are an excellent choice: passion fruit with lime, coconut with mango and rosewater with mint. Guess Betty Blue would like them too. This name refers to Clara’s favourite film. It shows the mental decline of a beautiful and vibrant woman, played by Béatrice Dalle. It’s a superb, intense French movie. One to watch.

Betty Blue
Fruity éclairs, €3.10 (1), €14.00 (5), €25.00 (10)
Snoekjessteeg 1-3, City Centre
+31 (0) 6 1677 03 75
Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 8am-6pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 10am-7pm

Duck Goes Green

fotoFavoI admire people who eat a hard-core salad and keep smiling. If I have to eat something like that – lettuce, lettuce, onion, one cherry tomato – I get cranky. It feels ‘rabbit’ to chew on such a salad. But larb or laap, well, that’s an entirely different story. While travelling through Laos and Thailand I ate this salad very often. There are numerous variations on the larb theme. You’ll find larb with meat – beef, chicken, duck, water buffalo – but also with fish or mushrooms. No matter what version you eat, this salad is always light, healthy and full of flavour. My favorite larb address in Amsterdam: Kinnaree, a stylish Thai restaurant and takeaway. I always order laap ped, a spicy combination of minced duck, cilantro, lemon juice, mint, red onion, garlic and lettuce. It takes the cook about ten minutes to make it. Not that’s a drag to wait longer. It’s always nice to have a chat here, for example about the benefits of durian, the King of Fruits. In Asia larb is eaten as a side dish, but I like to serve it as a starter, followed by a curry with tofu and mango for dessert.

Laap ped, one portion, €14.50
Eerste Anjeliersdwarsstraat 14, City Centre (Jordaan)
+31 (0) 20 627 71 53
Opening hours: Sunday-Thursday 5.30pm-10.00pm, Friday-Saturday 5.30pm-10.30pm