So, in this weird pre-Easter week, I’ve spent a lot of time wandering around, not doing a huge amount. I ended up going up to Stoke Newington church street to see a friend who works in a vintage shop up there. I spend a fair bit of time up there because that’s where my nearest Whole Foods store is, along with one of the best little veggie supermarket places EVER. So, I recommend Stokey wholeheartedly. And if you go on a saturday, there’s also the Farmers market on Stoke Newington High Road too, which I rarely go to, but is always great. So, we wandered up to Stokey in the afternoon, having skipped on breakfast, and were looking for somewhere to eat pretty quickly. Nar is new, and honestly, it only caught our eyes cause of the board outside saying that they had vegan hot chocolate there. Now Stokey is pretty good, in terms of having a wide range of things to eat and buy, but there are very few places that even let vegan food have a look in on their menus, let alone advertise it. Equally, there are a couple of really good Indian places that specialise in veggie food, which is great, but can get kinda boring. Especially if you’re like me and picky about Indian food (as I’ve said before). So I got a little over-excited when it came to vegan hot chocolate. Might have been fuelled by hunger generally, but we went in to Nar, and it’s just really LOVELY! The staff are really sweet and it’s got a really chilled atmosphere. Now, I didn’t try the vegan hot chocolate, I must admit. Instead, I near crapped myself in excitement when I saw the Cilbir. I’ve never had it before, never even seen it on a menu, even though I’ve been to A LOT of Turkish places, and know my way around a standard menu for them fairly well (and I’m not just talking about kebabs…we’ll do one on Turkish restaurants later I think).Cilbir is poached eggs and garlic yoghurt. Simple and oh-my-god-so-freakin-gorgeous. Seriously. Little bit of a special experience there. They served it with bread, and it was so yummy. Mmm thinking about it now is even making me hungry again. They had a bunch of other stuff on the menu too that was great for veggies and vegans, even though it wasn’t exclusively a vegan or vegetarian place. It is certainly somewhere I’m going to try again.
If you want to have a go at making Cilbir yourself it’s staggeringly simple. Here’s a recipe off of Wikibooks:
Cilbir Serves 4.
- 4 eggs
- 1 Tbsp. vinegar
- 1 lt. water
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 1 tsp. hot paprika
- 1 cup (240ml) yogurt
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- salt and pepper, to taste
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the yogurt, garlic and salt.
- Add the vinegar and some salt to boiling water, and poach the eggs.
- Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and place an egg in each dish.
- Cover the eggs with plenty of yogurt.
- Melt the butter in a small skillet.
- Stir in the paprika, and pour the hot butter over the eggs.
- Serve immediately.
Also, here are the details for Nar Cafe and Bistro if anyone wants to check it out themselves. I definitely recommend it!
- The Restaurant Vegan (veggiemachete.wordpress.com)