To celebrate our Anniversary we went back to a restaurant that we had visited last year with our friends Mark & Sharon, Tampopo, in the Trafford Centre at Manchester. This time it was just us too.
It’s a lovely little nip in restaurant that opens out onto the upper floor of The Orient area of the shopping centre, that offers, a to take you on a tour of the flavours of East Asia. The food is cooked & served by very knowledgeable staff.
You can try something on the menu from Vietnam, Malaysia & Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Japan & Korea. The choice is quite amazing. You can see the menu for Tampopo at the Trafford Centre here
Granddad Al decided to have Gaeng Keow Wan a dish from Thailand, a classic coconut green curry with chicken breast, pea aubergines, Asian basil & lime leaf, served with steamed Jasmine Rice.
I wasn’t quick quick enough with my phone to get a picture of it before he got into it! As you can see he took the chillies out & placed them on the side of the plate.
I only tried a small piece of chicken which tasted lovely but I’m not a big lover of hot spices, so this is one meal that I wouldn’t order myself.
I decided to go for a Ga Xe Phay, which is griddled strips of chicken breast, Chinese leaf, carrot, shallot, mint, coriander and roasted peanuts, with a lime & peanut oil dressing. I had this the last time & really enjoyed it, hence me trying it again. It’s a salad from Vietnam. I tried eating with the chop sticks but ended up using the fork as I’m not that great with them, but at least I tried.
The salad is very light, as I wasn’t really very hungry this was a perfect choice, though I did scrape my plate clean. We just drank tap water with our meal, which came with ice & a slice of lemon, but you could order beer, wine, soft drinks, teas, coffees, even a cocktail with an Asian twist.
As you can see your place mats are a map of East Asia, with a little information about the food from each country. Like the Philippines:- Chinese-influenced noodles & spring rolls & colonial Spanish ingredients, often with a tart sharpness to the flavour of the dishes or Korea:- has a warming robustness to combat the colder climate, with flavours coming form pepper, soy sauce, spring onions & sesame oil. It great to learn about why different countries involve different spices & herbs in their food
When our waitress brought us the bill, there was two little sweets with “I love Tampopo” through them. like Blackpool rock. – The sweets were wrapped, but I couldn’t get a decent photo of them! – It was a lovely treat, that we enjoyed.
The name Tampopo, which is a girls name meaning dandelion, is taken from a Japanese film, that is a cult classic, that shows the search for the perfect bowl of noodles by the films heroine.
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