First of all, Happy New Year and Bonne Année 2008, I hope you all had a wonderful holiday.
Today I went to Belleville to have some soup,
This is a Soupe Phnom Penh and costs 5.80 euros. It was pretty good but I think I still prefer pho (which they also serve) - soup is much more fun when served with a bunch of greeenery and sprouts to mix in.
I got the soup here at Da Lat. I've been eating here for years. And then, after my soup I was wandering around and discovered:
Tang Gourmet in Belleville! Hurray, I will no longer have to go all the way to the 13th arrondissement. Now Tang Gourmet is only two metro stops away. There is a lot of take out stuff and they also have tables inside where you can have a very inexpensive lunch. Sandwich (banh mi) fries and a beverage for 4.20 euros. That is cheap for Paris and there are a bunch of other different combos that won't cost you more than 6 euros.
Here are some of the interesting things I bought:
Mini nems - 10 for a euro. I've never seen mini nems before and these we really cute and delicious.
Check out the size - this 10 cent euro coin is 19.75 millemetres in diameter.
I also got this white radish paté. I'd never tried or even seen this before. This slice cost 0.60 euros.
Here is the inside, and it was really pretty good. I just think perhaps it should have been accompanied by something. Next time I will ask for suggestions on what to serve it with.
Here is the lotus flower cake which cost 2.10 euros. I had to take the photo while it was still in the bag because it was a fragile thing and somehow started to come apart during the metro ride home.
This is a close up and I'm sure it is some kind of fried pastry because it reminded me of those Swedish rosettes my grammy made...mmmm. I'll try to get another one sometime and I'll be more careful bringing it home because it was a beautiful thing.
And so all was going well and I was getting along quite inexpensively until I saw the barbecue counter...and so I splurged for 500 grams of échine de porc (pork something - the cuts are different here).
Delicious, succulent, and much much better than salad. The 500 grams cost 6.50 euros and it was well worth it. So I suggest that you check out Tang Gourmet the next time you are in Paris. Nice friendly service, good food, and the price is right.
Happy lunching 2008!