I love Asian food. It can be light, fresh and reasonably healthy. I also find it quick and easy to make after work. I made a Thai green curry last night and any meal that involves cooking with one pan (apart from the rice) is a winner for me!
Finding fresh spices and ingredients can be quite limited in a German supermarket. You can of course find your standard root veg and basic salad ingredients but finding anything that may appear ‘exotic’ is a no go I am afraid.
If you are hoping to find some thai sweet basil in your nearest large supermarket you can forget it – standard basil can sometimes be hard enough to come by!
Yet cooking with these spices and herbs can really make a dish that something special and more importantly it is healthy and fresh. The good thing about Berlin is that there are a few local Asian stores dotted around the city. One of my favourites is Asia Mekong located here at Hackesher Markt:
Henriette-Herz Platz 1, 10178 Berlin
You will find all packets of spices you can imagine, pastes, fresh herbs and vegetables and packet and tinned goods. Also, for any of those missing a cup of ‘proper’ tea over here in Berlin they also sell PG Tips….