Sunday, August 21, 2016

Peruvian Food @ Restaurant El Inca, Cologne, Germany

Other than German cuisine, you will also find an excellent range of International cuisine in Cologne. One of the restaurants recommended to us was Restaurant El Inca, a hidden gem serving Peruvian food.

Located in the basement, the restaurant is cosy, homely and bustling. The restaurant can get very busy, so reservations are essential. English menus are available for tourists. The menu consists of entrees, salads, nachos, tortilla, beef, lamb, fish and sweets.

Guayaba juice (pink guava)

Pisco Sour, also known as the national drink of Peru. Good, potent cocktail :)

To start, we shared a cebiche de pescado (€8.50), fresh fish slices marinated in lemon, coriander and onions, along with fresh corn and toasted corn. The ceviche portion was generous, and this was very appetizing and whet our appetites for what's to come next.

For main courses, we ordered three dishes to share. First to arrive is the aji de gallina (€11.80), a traditional Peruvian dish consisting of chicken cooked in a mildly spicy creamy sauce. The dish gets its spiciness and yellow colour from aji pepper.  It is served with rice, boiled egg and black olives, as well as a side salad. Hearty and delicious.

We also selected a fish dish too, the Borrachito (€15.80), pike dish topped with tequila sauce, as well as two large grilled king prawns, rice and a side salad. Very nicely done.

The highlight of our meal was the anticuchos de carne (€14.50), two skewers of grilled beef, served with yuca (cassava) and side salad. The meat was beautifully cooked, well seasoned and tender.

Every piece was cooked to medium rare doneness. YUM :)

Verdict: Generous portions, delicious Peruvian food. Highly recommended.

Opening times: 6pm - 1am daily.

Price: Total bill €72 (inclusive tips), for 3 adults 2 children.

Location: Restaurant El Inca, Görresstr. 2, am Rathenauplatz, 50674 Köln, Germany

Tel: +49 (0) 221 245503


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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Recipe: Foie gras with apples

Usually, we would have foie gras with caramelised apples, however we were inspired to try this with raw apples after we had it at Saveur. Super easy (just slicing the apples and cooking the foie gras) and it's pretty tasty.

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Foie gras with apples
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 2 minutes
Cooking time: 7 minutes
Serves 2

1 green apple
2 pieces foie gras

1. In a saucepan, heat over high heat. Once the pan is very hot, add the foie gras and sear for 1 minute each side. Remove from pan and place on baking tray and place in a preheated oven (180°C roast mode) for 6 minutes.

2. Slice the apples thinly (into matchsticks) then arrange on plate. You can squeeze some lemon juice over the apples to avoid browning (if you're cutting it in advance). Place foie gras on top of apples. Serve. 

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