It’s official: I’ll be judging the Euro BBQ championships in June

This year’s European BBQ championships will be held in Poland in June - and I get to be one of the judges. Yay! A weekend of tasting the very best BBQ in Europe - needless to say, I really look forward to that.

Looking at the program, there’s a couple of things I really look forward to, other than tasting great BBQ:

  • June 20 at noon
    When I’ll be learning the official swears of the jury. Maybe it’s “Damn GOOD” in Polish?

  • June 20 at 10PM
    Performance of the evening star, Sandra - I have no idea what this means. I think the evening star is a newspaper? But reading the paper aloud can’t be it. It’s also a Judas Priest song, so I’m very intrigued.

  • June 21 at 12:30
    This is IT for me: Getting to taste the very best pork ribs in Europe. Ohlala. My mouth is already watering.


And to sign this post off in true Polish BBQ style…

Yours in Barbecue,
The Hotdogjudge

Street food in Bangkok

Although this blog is mostly built on hotdogs and burgers, I like eating all kinds of food and - aside from stinky tofu - I really like the asian cuisines. 
This week I’m in Bangkok, visiting a buddy who’s lived out here for around 10 years, which makes for the perfect guide to all the local stuff, tourists typically don’t get to try. And dammit, have I eaten some great stuff!
The other night we ventured to Sukhumvit Soi 38, which is the 38th side street to Sukhumvit - and here you’ll find a range of street kitchens, all specializing in different things.
I’m by no means an expert on what we ate, but we tried a lot of different stuff and it was all very good, but the one thing that still makes my mouth water, was an abelone noodle soup! Something I never thought I’d write on this blog, haha! But there you have it. It was goddamn fantastic.

I talked to the owner, and he told me the recipe was a mix of the Chinese and Korean versions of this dish and the abalone imported from Taiwan. However, he did mention that the broth was boiled down twice, which explains the really condensed, smooth, complex, and flavourful taste.
So swing by the Sukhumvit Soi 38 abalone noodle stall - it’s the only one there, so you can’t miss it. And you won’t regret it!

Hamburg’s Parlament has a looong sausage

In the dungeons underneath Hamburg’s city hall, you’ll find the old and classic German restaurant, Parlament.

Parlament serves one of the best currywursts I’ve ever tasted and definitely my favorite one in Hamburg.

Unlike most places where you get currywurst, this is a fine restaurant so expect to pay a lot more - but it’s worth it. They have their own curry sauce recipe which is very smooth and on the sweeter side. And the long sausage is of exquisite quality and perfectly prepared.

All in all, this giant platter of currywurst greatness, scores an easy 5 out of 5, despite the wrong practice of placing salad items on the plate. It doesn’t belong there - keep the currywurst real and politically incorrect, thank you!

A couple of weeks ago I got to do one of the most fun things you can do in Hamburg: Watch FC St. Pauli play football at home on Millerntor!
And of course I had to try their currywurst before the game. While it’s infinitely better than your average US stadium hotdog, it’s still just an average 3 of 5 currywurst.
Despite a 2-2 draw it was a fantastic game! If you ever get the chance to go, do NOT hesitate - even if you don’t like football.

A couple of weeks ago I got to do one of the most fun things you can do in Hamburg: Watch FC St. Pauli play football at home on Millerntor!

And of course I had to try their currywurst before the game. While it’s infinitely better than your average US stadium hotdog, it’s still just an average 3 of 5 currywurst.

Despite a 2-2 draw it was a fantastic game! If you ever get the chance to go, do NOT hesitate - even if you don’t like football.

Great soft tacos at Puesto’s at the Headquarters location, close to the bayfront in San Diego.
From left to right I tried the cochinita pibil pork, the filet mignon beef, and the grilled shrimp. And they all rocked, but I really liked the chili marinated pork with a tiny kick to it - that was my favorite.
I don’t rate tacos, but these were definitely good and come recommended.

Great soft tacos at Puesto’s at the Headquarters location, close to the bayfront in San Diego.

From left to right I tried the cochinita pibil pork, the filet mignon beef, and the grilled shrimp. And they all rocked, but I really liked the chili marinated pork with a tiny kick to it - that was my favorite.

I don’t rate tacos, but these were definitely good and come recommended.