Can Siscu

“Foodie” is all well and good, but someone has to filter through countless, nameless manolos not designed by architects or ex-ad-agency-types where ye olde “food” still reigns. Can Siscu is one of thousands of bars in Barcelona that look exactly the same. Your hint is a chalkboard with “wok” and “salsa thailandesa” on it. Upon further inspection, laminated menus stuck to the extractor inside also offer kimchi (it starts to get interesting), lomo de cerdo asado al estilo koreano, albondigas chinas and udon. Shu-ring and family have owned Can Siscu for about nine years, come from the city of Qingdao (which you might know of thanks to China’s most exported beer, Tsingtao), and are lovely. For those of us challenged by Chinese geography, Qingdao is northeastern China and, thus, rather close to Korea and, not too far from Japan.

They have a lunch menu for €6.60 during the week. €7.70 on weekends and festius. Or, go straight for the wok de pollo picante (€5) after a lomo de cerdo starter (€2.40). Skip the maki. Do the rollito de col. Sit on the terrace. They were out of kimchi when we went (nooo!) and there’s much more to try. Udon? Gyoza? Maybe you can help.

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