At the "Marubi Ramen" - Dumblings in Berlin

If you feel like homemade steamed dumblings or a ramen noodle soup, I can just recommend this little place. This Japanese style restaurant is called "Marubi Ramen". It is nestled in a side street in Prenzlauer Berg of Berlin and they even have a nice litte outdoor seating area. The food was really delicious and authentic and not too pricy.

What we ordered:

  • Wakame Salad (seaweed salad)
  • Kimshi Salad (spicy pickled cabbage salad)
  • 2 Kinds of Gyosa (dumplings) - filled with pork and vegetables
  • Ramen Beef (noodle soup with beef, kimchi, wakame, etc.)
  • Ramen Mushroom (noodle soup with mushrooms, beef, kimchi, wakame, etc.)
  • Gyu Don (rice and fried beef)

Indian Spiced Meatballs in Chickpea Tomato Sauce

This is a recipe from Jamie Oliver's "15 Minute Meals". I actually didn't really like Jamie Oliver's recipes as they use so much meet and I do love my veggies, but I have started watching his TV Show "15 Minute Meals" and there were more and more dishes that just looked amazing! So... I bought his book :)

I made these meatballs for my Mom when I visited her. She loves meat but she doesn't like to experience too much. She does not usually eat minced lamb as it is too chewy for her, so it needed some convincing from my side. I actually also don't eat lamb, but minced and spiced lamb is something entirely different for me. Especially Indian spiced minced lamb just tastes delicious (like they serve at the Mirchi). So, finally my Mom agreed to try lamb, but what happened then? The small town where she lives in does not have something so fancy as minced lamb and they did not want to grind lamb as they wouldn't be able to use the grinder for beef afterwards... So, long story short, we stuck with our ground beef meatballs :) But don't get discouraged, I am sure it would taste delicious with minced lamb as well!

We tried to eat it with tortillas like Jamie Oliver suggested and that was indeed tasty, but putting all that into the tortilla and eating it was a little bit of a mess. We ate the leftovers with rice and that turned out pretty nice as well :) I made a few minor changes to the recipe, I left out the safran as it was too expansive and I used some more herbs.


  • Olive oil
  • 300 g minced lamb or ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 red chili - sliced
  • 2 spring onions - sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped corriander
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 300 ml chunky tomato sauce
  • Salt, pepper to taste 
  • Optional: herbs de province

  • 1/2 cucumber - cubes
  • 1 gem lettuces - chopped
  • 4-5 radishes - cubes
  • 1 tomatoe - big diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lemon 

Harissa Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon harissa
  • 1 cup plain yoghurt or sour cream

Serve with:
  • Tortillas or basmati rice


  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan. In a bowl, mix the minced lamb or ground beef with the garam masala. Divide into 3 pieces. Roll 4 balls with wet hands out of each piece. Place each ball in the oil. Let try for 5-10 minutes and toss regularly till meat balls are nicely browned on each side.
  2. In a large pot, add the olive oil, chili, the spring onions, and the coriander. Heat up. Add the minced garlic. Fry for 1 minute. Then add the bay leaves, drained chickpeas and the tomato sauce. Add some salt and pepper to taste. Optionally, you can also use some more herbs (herbs de provence). Cover the pot, bring to a boil. Let boil for 10 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the yoghurt and roughly fold in the harissa. Mix the salad and the veggetables on a big cutting board. Sprinkle with olive oil and the juice of the lemon. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 
  4. Pour the tomato-chickpea sauce into the pan with the meatballs. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with warm tortillas or rice.

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Mirchi - Singapore Style Kitchen in Berlin

Mirchi is a restaurant in the famous Oranienburger Strasse in Berlin. It's located in "Mitte" Berlin (a very centrally located bourough) and runs south-east from Friedrichsstrasse to Hackescher Markt. It's kind of a touristic area.The restaurants there are always full. I still like it! I especially like this little restaurant. It looks very fancy and interesting, and it has delicious food. It is Singapore style cuisine, with a mix of Thai, Indian and Chinese style food and I do love my Indian food :) They have a lot of curries, tandoori and tikka style dishes, but also oyster sauce based dishes. My friends took me here months back last year. We hadn't seen each other for a while, almost a year I believe, and we kind of celebrated a reunion... We went to the Berlin Dungeon before and ate at Mirchi.

This time we celebrated again some kind of reunion. A friend of ours came visiting from Florida, USA for a conference. Afterwards we ended the night with some drinks at the AM to PM Bar which is a nice little hip bar at the Hackescher Markt. They have these cute little swinging beach chairs :)

At Mirchi we ordered for the table:

  • The Penang Starter for 2 - It had a mix of different appetzizers, some fried won tans, samosas, chicken satay and a little salad. We had fun trying to identify what exactly was inside the fried won tans/samosas.
  • The Tikka Mix from the Tandoori Oven (rom a special menu of the day) - This was a very delicious grill plate for 2 with minced lamb, herb tikka chicken, marinated prawns and paneer (cheese) with onions and bell pepper. I was especially surprised by the minced lamb as I usually don't like lamb meat, but this was really tasty.
  • The Fish Ratshaburi - I wanted to have some fish that night, so we additionally ordered the red snapper in a green thai curry. It was really spice and very delicious as well, but of course we had way too much food :)

At the AM to PM bar near the Hackescher Markt afterwards.
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