That’s Why They Call Them Noms

Paris has its own Chinese food. It’s similar to, but not quite the same as American Chinese food. (I have never been to China, but have heard that they have Chinese food there, too.)

The most distinctively French Chinese delicacy is a kind of egg roll called a “nem.” It’s a small, crispy, bubbly, greasy roll filled with meat and who knows what that you wrap in mint leaves and green leaf lettuce, then dip into a thin sweet sauce and shove into your mouth. It’s messy and fun and has a nice mix of flavors and textures. That, says my older daughter, is why they call them noms. 


Diamant Rose, Blvd. Montparnasse

Hidden Hamburger

There is a hamburger bun under that egg, and a pretty tasty burger with cheese and unidentifiable sauce and accent meat. Of course, the French choose to Frenchify the hamburger, a food item that combines German, British, and American cuisine. It’s why they put cheese on the top of their ham sandwiches and serve their hot dogs on baguettes. 

No, I did not eat the sad tomato. 

Crêperie Cluny

This is a complète from Crêperie Cluny in Paris. It’s a buckwheat crêpe with ham and cheese with a fried egg on top. The egg, you will note, has a bit of crispy edge, which you know I like. The ham is flavorful but not tough or stringy or fatty. I don’t know what kind of cheese they use, but it’s melty and a bit salty and has some nice cheesy flavor without being funky. Most importantly the crêpe itself has a slightly crispy texture and nutty buckwheat flavor. 

I think Andi has taken me to this crêperie every time she has brought me to Paris. I’m happy to be back. 

Have I mentioned that I married well?  That’s the subtext of every post here at Znooty.