Saturday, February 9, 2008

WOKImarket - another economical eatery in Barceloneta - and vegetarians will like this one!


WOKImarket hasn't even been open a year yet, but has become one of my favorite places to get a delicious, low cost meal on the go. This Argentine-owned establishment specializes in wok-prepared food. Located just across from Barceloneta beach, the space is nice, modern and Ikea-like with Asian cooks busily stir-frying meals right in the middle of the place, for all to see.
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"Menus" in English, Spanish, Catalan and French are printed on brown slips of paper. Patrons grab one, write a name at the top, check boxes to choose the make-up of their dish (a base for 4.50, additional ingredients for either 1 euro or 1.50 and a sauce for free) and then hand the completed slip over the counter to one of the cooks.
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The 4.50 euro base is made up of vegetables stir-fried with an egg plus one of the following choices: rice noodles, egg noodles, white rice or mixed vegetables. (Vegans note: the egg can be withheld.)
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Additional ingredients to choose from for 1 euro each are: chicken, tofu, spinach, broccoli, green beans, peanuts, sesame, banana, mushrooms and eggplant. For 1.50 each one can choose from beef, shrimp and codfish.
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As I mentioned, sauces are free. The choices as they appear on English version of the menu are:

Thai (coconut milk with herbs), China (sweet and sour sauce), Casa ("house secret" reads the description), Japo (teriyaki sauce -- by the way, that's not a typo of mine on "Japo" -- that's how it spelled on the menu), Spacy (hot sauce -- hmm, could they have meant "Spicy"?) Ho Sin (black sweet "beens" sauce) and Malaya (coconut milk and palm oil).
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During the meal's preparation, customers can either watch the cooks while they "wok" or browse the market part of the establishment. The market contains imported items from Asian, Latin American and European countries, including a variety of drinks, sauces, noodles, seaweed, seasoning, rice, cookies, candies, jams, jellies, etc. Note: unlike the meals, market items are expensive.
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Dishes are served in stereotypical Chinese take-out containers, which are convenient for carrying to the beach to enjoy a meal in the sand or on a bench.
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Oh, and it's all very tasty!
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Enjoy your meal amig@s,
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Carloz
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WOKImarket
Paeso Maritimo 1 / Passeig Maritim 1
Playa Barceloneta / Platja Barceloneta
08003 Barcelona
Tel: 93 224 12 51
Email: Wokimarket@yahoo.com

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