The most exciting event of the year has finally came to fruition. No, I’m not talking about Christmas, though I am excited about that too. It’s the long awaited opening of one of New York’s favourite street foods, Halal Guys on Saturday December 17th! Now being a blogger sometimes has its perks as I was lucky enough to be invited to give it a try during their soft opening phase. I first fell in love with the delicious foil bowls of chicken and rice goodness when I was in New York last year. In fact despite all the amazing goodies I devoured on the trip it was one of the most memorable meals. Not long after my return from NYC Jil’hal Bros opened up their own version of the NY street food here in Seoul and I have been a very frequent customer ever since. However I have still hankered after the original so am pleased as punch they are here too, especially since it’s in Itaewon!
One of the standouts on my trip to New York this year had to be the chicken and rice from the Halal guys street cart. Nothing fancy but those delicious giant foil containers filled with chicken, rice, salad and pita bread rocked my world and they were only a mere $7 dollars, I just couldn’t get enough. Anyhow I put the deliciousness that was chicken and rice behind me after making my own a couple of times and realizing that I would never quite strike the right balance of flavours. When one day out of the blue one of my most diligent and well sourcing foodie friends discovered Jil’Hal in Cheongdam and once again all was right with the world.
Day 2 in NYC was just as exciting as my first. I got up early in the morning and took a visit to Stiles farmers market. The quality and cheap prices of the fruit and vegetables were amazing, I’d love to have something like this in my neighbourhood in Seoul. Everyone talks about how expensive New York is, but there are definitely bargains to be had if you look for them.
I have always found the phrase ‘the way to a mans heart is through his stomach’ to be true. It is especially true for my boyfriend and lamb. Nothing puts a smile on his face like a big chunk of meat. So he was very pleased when I brought home a bag of lamb mince from the foreign food mart.
I came over all middle eastern in this recipe, making Moroccan style spicy meatballs which have plenty of flavor. You will be in meatball heaven. I served these dry with cous cous and flatbread with a simple tzatziki style dip on the side, but you could just as easily make a tomato based spiced sauce to go along with them.
500g of lamb mince
5 cloves of garlic
5 tablespoons of panko bread crumbs
1 lemon (the zest and juice)
1 tablespoon of cumin
1 tablespoon of freshly chopped mint
1 teaspoon of coriander
1/2 a teaspoon of paprika
1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
1 tablespoon of olive oil
A pinch of salt and pepper
Finely chop your garlic and onion and fry them off for five minutes until they are soft and translucent, then add the spices and fry for a few more minutes. In a bowl mix together the raw lamb mince, bread crumbs, chopped mint and onions and garlic. Add a beaten egg to the bowl and mix thoroughly. When everything has been combined roll the mixture into small balls. Fry the meatballs in a little oil for 5-10 minutes until they have cooked through completely. You could also cook them in the oven. Serve with cous cous and flatbread and enjoy. Voilá my morish Moroccan meatballs.