When homebound yet itching to travel, the one thing I like doing is looking at old photos! And I unearthed various ones from old visits to Hong Kong’s IKEA stores. Why would I babble about IKEA on a food blog? Well, aside from the ‘happy selection of kitchenware and utensils I wouldn’t usually buy but it’s dirt cheap here so might as well,’ I actually like eating at the IKEA cafes and restaurants.
Now don’t scoff at me. I know their food’s a mixed bag and some are totally ordinary cafeteria dishes, but come on. THE SWEDISH MEATBALLS! Everyone I know who has eaten it loves it to bits. Served with a side of potatoes, gravy and cranberry jam, it has to be the poster child of IKEA food. It’s also a must-have on my list. Especially when it’s among the weekly deals; it’s the perfect reason to get the big platter to share.
Have you tried their chicken wings? That’s another thing I like ordering. The fact that they stay pretty yummy and juicy despite being kept in the warmer is a mean feat. Another memorable dish is the spinach and cheese pancakes. This savory crepe-like pancake is stuffed with spinach and gooey cheese. Can’t go wrong with gooey cheese, right?
I find it unfortunate that not all IKEAs have full-fledged restaurants, but I guess their snack bars are sufficient for that Swedish meatball fix, right? Have meatballs, will shop. Good enough for me!
Oh IKEA, I miss you so. If I had the money, I’d hop a plane and nom right now. Unfortunately, I don’t so I’ll have to stare at your photos instead. I’m sure a lot of you readers will relate. If you can’t, better give it a shot next time you travel. Try it at least once, to enjoy the complete IKEA experience.