Sunday, April 6, 2008

Hungover gourmet

Trust the Japanese to find a karaoke restaurant anywhere and everywhere - even here in Freetown. Last night we went to what I thought would be a very subdued dinner to welcome the new head of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Sierra Leone. Kobayashi san is replacing Kuge san, who went back to Japan a couple of weeks ago. We were sad to see him go, but very happy that he left his sashimi knife - thanks Kuge san! We will definitely put it to good use.

The venue was the Jilin Chinese restaurant. The Jilin province in China is right next door to Korea so the food has a very Korean feel.

There was yakiniku (grilled meat), two types of nabe (hot pot), grilled shrimp, crab, and some fried rice.

There was also a lot of soju (Korean spirit)..

Which led to a lot of karaoke... right until the owners of the restaurant told us that enough is enough.

It was a lot of fun, but I'm not feeling so good today. There is only one thing that's going to make my head feel better - and that's a big, steamy, delicious bowl of pho ga.

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