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Bakery 88, Dali, Yunnan, China

KarineBakery 88 in Dali in China’s Yunnan province is possibly the biggest jewel Leibspeise encountered so far throughout its travels. Not only because you can get the freshest bakery products with a strong emphasis on organic local ingredients, but mainly because its founder and ‘Mom of all’ Karine has such a passion for her baking hobby and is keen to train young local women both in baking / cooking, but also in English and general life skills. Karine has lived and worked in China since the mid 80s and came to Dali first in 92. She and her husband immediately fell in love with Dali’s relaxed atmosphere and started Bakery 88 in 2007. Since then, the Bakery 88 family grew to 8 people.

First thing you encounter when entering the shop, is a display of really deliciously looking cake. Traditional German cheese cake, chocolate cake, chestnut-pear cake and their ‘Hoernchen’ are bestsellers. Leibspeise’s test of a cheese cake didn’t leave any doubts why. On top of a variety of ‘belegte Broetchen’, the bakery also sells local cheese and organic honey and jam. Surprisingly, 80% of Karine’s clients are Chinese who buy her products because it’s healthy (and obviously tasty).

Bread selectionHomemade Jam

In winter time when the climate allows for some serious baking and cooking sessions, Karine holds baking and cooking workshops for local women in her bakery. Check out Karine’s personal food blog to get a feel of what’s happening there. Leibspeise loved Karine’s passion for her business, her can do attitude and especially her social thrive to improve lifes of local women.

Bakery 88

Bakery 88 can be found on Foreigner Street 52, Bo’ai Lu in Dali’s Old Town. It’s open from 7am to 10pm 7 days a week.

Links:

The Bakery 88

Karine’s food blog

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October 7, 2009 at 10:05 am 6 comments

Schnurrbart’s, Hong Kong, China

Schnurrbart's SchnapsIn true Leibspeise spirit, Schnurrbart’s was established 26 years ago by 3 Germans who came to Hong Kong and clearly saw the lack of good German beers and food. Leibspeise wonders what this says about English beer and food?! What better idea could they have had than opening a German beer hall / pub / restaurant /Schnapps bar called Schnurrbart’s. By the way, ‘Schnurrbart’ is something typical German and means ‘moustache’.

WirtshausIt doesn’t take long until you realise that this is a real German authentic place. You certainly won’t see anything that refers to modern Germany (Schnurrbart’s looks like a typical Landgasthof), but a first view at the tab reveals some nice German Pilsners (Jever, Koepi, Warsteiner, Veltins). Furthermore, Schnurrbart’s menu boasts with a plethora of other beers and traditional German dishes. Their pork knuckle, mixed sausage plate, Wiener Schnitzel and the Currywurst are bestsellers, but there’s much more on the menu, eg. Suelze, simple salami and cheese bread (belegte Broetchen), Apfelstrudel, fried egg with potatoes, Frikadelle.

Schnurrbart’s guarantees its German authenticity by getting their chefs trained by Germans, sometimes they even invite guest chefs from Germany to create a special dish. And most importantly, Schnurrbart’s buys some of their produce from a local butcher called “Bayern-Gourmet” in close-by Aberdeen (check out their website; it’s mouthwatering). Although Schnurrbart’s has many Germans as regulars, other expats and a growing number of local Hong Kongers enjoy their culinary trip to Germany at Schnurrbart’s.

pork knuckle Bratwurst the lot

Leibspeise loved tasting a refreshing Jever after all so many weeks of Chinese Tsingtao and also was impressed by the selection of German imported Schnapps (see picture above). Similar to Koelsch beer, at Schnurrbart’s you can buy Schnaps in meters or even in 2 meters. Make use of their Happy Hour from 5-8pm. Na denn, Prost!

Schnurrbart’s has two branches: one in Lang Kwai Fong on Hong Kong island, the other one Tsimshatsui on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong.

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September 27, 2009 at 6:41 pm 2 comments

South German Bakery, Café Konstanz, Bodenseestube, Beijing, China

Beijing is becoming more and more international, so does its offer of international food. Leibspeise visited the South German Bakery/Café Konstanz/Bodenseestube in this ever changing city.

South German BakeryFrom the outside, the South German Bakery looks like a timbered house (Fachwerkhaus), downstairs one can find the bakery and café, upstairs is a restaurant which serves excellent breakfast, but also typical hearty southern German food like Spätzle, Maultaschen, Flammkuchen and Wurstsalat. The bakery employs two German baker masters that is why they have a fantastic variety of  auhentic German bread: walnut, rye, caraway, pumpkin, soy, oat, 3 grain bread and many more.

South German BreakfastLeibspeise sampled the South German Breakfast and was delighted. We were treated to delicious pretzels, bread rolls, homemade apricot jam, honey, boiled eggs, ham, and cheese.

The bakery/café/restaurant is only 4 years old, but is gaining popularity at a rapid pace and plans for expansions are already underway. Not only expats love the good quality products, but also Chinese are interested in German food culture and for them German bread is a ‘healthy choice’. The bakery keeps German traditions alive and offers specialties like Christstollen around Christmas and Easterbunnies and eggs at Easter.

South German Bakery insideLeibspeise was amazed by the variety and quality of bakery products on offer. The breakfast was excellent and the menu comforts homesick south Germans (like us).  The restaurant decor is satisfying German stereotypes with heavy wooden furniture and is more a reminiscence of the old days, rather than of modern Germany.  You certainly can’t miss the massive map of the Bodensee  on the restaurant’s wall.

The South German Bakery can be found on Lucky Sreet in Beijing’s Chaoyang District.

Link:
http://www.germanbakery.com.cn

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September 21, 2009 at 6:26 pm Leave a comment


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