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World cuisine in Limburg: 9 times exotic dining

Limburg is dotted with exotic gems: Asian loungerestaurants to engaging multicultural fresh produce markets. A small selection of.

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TIGER LEE in Tongeren

Tiger Lee. © Michel Vaerewijck

This pleasant Asian lounge restaurant with take away is hidden in a courtyard. In a Bangkokambiance with lots of black, colorful decorative elements, a large projection of fire and a magical aquarium, meet the East and the West together. Tiger Lee is certainly a tasty stop for lovers of the Asian cuisine. The repertoire on the menu is very extensive with an emphasis on preparations from Japan and Thailand. The colourful sushi and the wok dishes are outliers. The staff was very helpful and cared for and there is a terrace on the courtyard of the Vesaliuscomplex.

Via Julianus 9, 3700 Tongeren, 012 26 37 07, www.tigerlee.be. Closed Monday.

MULTICULTURAL MARKET in Heusden-Zolder

More than 200 exhibitors, giving you the feeling that you are somewhere in a southern country, between the stalls wanders. Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 12 to 17 pm at the mine site.

Multicultural market on the market Square, z/n, 3550 Heusden-Zolder, belgium. Free parking and shuttle bus from the Brancardiershof.

GINKO in Lanaken

Ginko © Michel Vaerewijck

The name Ginko refers to the Japanese walnut or Japanese temple tree (Ginkgo Biloba: a living fossil, oerouder of our conifers). This great Asian fusion restaurant in Neerharen is situated on the site of the former Brasserie Dali. The experienced owners, the Chinese couple Lin Lin and chef Changjun Zhu, ran earlier Asian restaurants in Maastricht and Meerssen.

But here they saw the large: Ginko has over180 places. The menu lists 107 different preparations: sushi, oriental salads and soups, Chinese dumplings, slow-cooked curries, citroenvis, peking duck, etc… are you hungry, then you can choose the formula ” All You Can Eat (22,50 euro on a business day or 25,50 in the weekend). Then cross the court, you give the card to the operation, and if your first order is processed, you may place a new order. That you can repeat until you drop.

Staatsbaan 19, 3620 Lanaken (Neerharen), 089 84 17 70, www.ginkoasian.be.Maandag closed.

TASTY BOWL in Hasselt

Tasty Bowl. © Michel Vaerewijck

In this modern, comfortable and wok restaurant with Thai, Chinese and Japanese influences, you come for the entertainment, nor for the privacy or to quietly relax and also not for the sophistication. What you will find in this among students, so popular fast-food restaurant in the heart of Hasselt, close to the cathedral? A wide choice of quick dishes, generously and kindly served at a low price. You take a map at the entrance, choose and order at the cash register and moments later it’s all on the table served in small bowls. In the courts is the degree of pungent quality mentioned. If you’re up for spicy is really spicy. Musts are: Khao Pad Kai and Lap Kai.

Fruit market 34, 3500 Hasselt, 011 24 25 12, www.tastybowl.be. Also for take-out items. Closed Sunday and Monday.

CAFE LATINO Hasselt

Café Latino. © Michel Vaerewijck

Popular Tex-Mexrestaurant with a warm South-American decor, illuminated by huge chandeliers and candles. Sounds stemmingsvolle salsa and boleromuziek. It is the ideal place for whom a strong feeling can no longer restrain and weekend getaway. To the rear there is a garden with a terrace, where in fine weather in Mexico imagine. The menu offers many choices, such as burritos Latino, fajitas, enchiladas, spare ribs, tortillas, chili con carne and tacos. The dishes are served in sunny decorated pottery. There is, however, quite expensive in relation to the small portions. If the case is at the weekend is fully booked, you need to exercise patience. Café Latino is eagerly visited by a youthful audience.

Dairy market 12, 3500 Hasselt, 011 22 34 82, www.cafelatino.be. Closed Sunday and Monday.

MULTICULTURAL HAPJESTOCHT in Beringen

Multicultural hapjestocht. © Michel Vaerewijck

A guide takes you every Sunday of the month on a multicultural hapjestocht by the cité of Beringen. You taste along the way of the architecture, the hospitality and delicacies such as Polish sausage, Turkish pastries, Italian pizza and Koolputtersbier.

Best in advance, as booking at the bezoekersonthaal of Tourism of Beringen.

Price: 30 euro, < 12 years: 14 euro. In the Koolmijnlaan, you will discover also a lot of exotic shops.

Info:www.toerismelimburg.be.

MULTICULTURAL FRESH food market in Genk

Multicultural fresh food market Genk. © Michel Vaerewijck

Every Saturday from 8 to 13 hours is a vibrant multicultural fresh food market in the Vennestraat in Winterslag/Genk, close to C-mine. The Vennestraat is also known as the ‘Street of the senses’. There are many nice shops, cosy cafés and restaurants from all over the world. The book Soul Food in the Vennestraat describe them briefly and show you the way with a handy map. The booklet is free to pick up in C-mine in the bezoekersonthaal. Also in hotels, local restaurants or one of the participating business from the Vennestraat it is offered.

C-Mine 10 bus 2, 3600 Genk, 089 65 44 90, visit@genk.be, www.visitgenk.be.

JAMBALAYA in Diepenbeek

Jambalaya. © Michel Vaerewijck

The slogan of Jambalya is: Where the Outback meets the Wild West. The American – Australian restaurant that specializes in exotic meats, has been designed as an Australian ranch. With Halloween is the dining room symbolically fur decorated. For summer days there is a large terrace, where cocktails are served, and at nacho’s is fact chewed. The menu lists a whole zoo full of wild: crocodile, ostrich, swordfish, kangaroo, zebra, and sometimes shark. The dishes are generous but irregular in quality. Specialty are slow baked spare ribs (23,90 euro).

Peperstraat 72, 3590 , Diepenbeek, 011 35 22 50, www.jambalaya.be. Closed on Monday and Tuesday.

DUDEMSA SUPERMARKET in Genk

Dudemsa Supermarket. © Michel Vaerewijck

In the Vennestraat is the Turkish supermarket Dudemsa, a traditional family business, three generations old. It started with a small shop-cum-butcher’s shop, where you get typical Turkish spices and specialties such as döner kebab and Turkish knoflookworst could get. Later, in the 80’s with the advent of the kebabzaken, took the demand for Turkish meat enormously. Depending on the years of experience, decided the owners to focus on kebabvlees, prepared according to the halalmethode. There grew the modern vleesproductiebedrijf to the winding road 64. The individual who is looking for fresh products and Turkish and oriental specialties, remains, however, welcome in the shop in the Vennestraat.

Vennestraat 66/68, 3600 Genk, 089 35 70 90, www.dudemsa.be.

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