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Bringing In the New Year

6 Jan

London on New Year’s eve. Imagine the chaos. Now imagine trying to get some authentic good food in this chaos. Also imagine a bunch of people who don’t really know each other that well deciding on one type of cuisine for their last dinner of the year. It needed major brainstorming.

Thankfully, we found a nice little cart at Covent Garden that was selling spiced cider and mulled wine.

After about two glasses of mulled cider and some ruthless decision making, we decided on Chinese. Proper Chinese. One of us whipped out his magic-wand- iPhone-with-free-GPS and off we went to China Town.

There we found this quaint little place that had a lot of vegetarian stuff on its menu (one of us was vegetarian). But the thing that really sold it was the fact that there was a lady standing at the window making fresh dumplings. We had to get some of those dumplings.

They had some specials for the day, but we decided to order from the regular menu. And then we discovered they had bubble tea!  And did you know that bubble tea can also be a hot drink? I found out only that night!

So my vegetarian cousin asked for Vegetable Noodle Soup with Pearl Tea.

The vegetables were crunchy and had a good bite to them. Others ordered Vegetables in Oyster sauce and Pork Dumplings…

…which were promptly heaped with chilli and black vinegar, to make it extra spicy and sour.



Once the dumplings had been polished off, what remained was this amazing oily, sour and spicy liquid, that could burn your lips and tongue. Totally worth a swig.

For myself, I ordered Roast Duck with Noodles. See the crispy glistening layer on top? This is one of those food-porn moments for me.

We were so full by the end of the meal, that we totally had to pile ourselves with dessert. Like my friend says, she and I have a separate stomach for sweet things.

We didn’t have to go very far, because right next door was Pandora Japanese Crepes. I love how they make plastic food to display in the window. So voyeuristic and so Japanese!

We just HAD TO grab some. I had my favourite Mixed Fruit with Cream and no Ice Cream.

Incidentally, they were also selling Takoyaki, a Japanese squid preparation (which I will have the next time I go there).

So that was the last meal of 2010. Hope yours was as eventful.


Omeletteee du fromaaaage!

26 Dec

Anyone remember that episode from Dexter’s Lab where all he can say is “Omle du fromage”? Always cracks me up!

Anyway, the reason it came to memory was that my next few posts are going to be about French food!

Friends Anjuly, Shuli and I took off to Paris for a few days last week. Now I know it sounds really rosy and beutifool and romantic, but let me straightway that if you were caught in that hellish blizzard for three days and had to bear the wrath of  Easyjet’s management, then my friend, a dreamy holiday can suddenly turn into a hellish refugee experience that makes you feel like Tom Hanks in ‘The Terminal’. (Plus my wallet got stolen in the metro. Eeek!)

But there were certain things that did salvage the trip, and for me, they were mostly connected with food! We didn’t have a big budget being students and all, so we used to spend on an average about 15 to 20 Euro per person per meal. Not bad, right?

So this first entry is about Crepes, since they’re among my favourite type of food. I had previously tried them in Mumbai and in Osaka, but never the real thing in its most authentic form. So this was really exciting!

We’d spent the day working up an appetite walking up and down the Louvre and then walking along the Seine, which was gorgeous by the way. A friend of Shuli’s, a resident of Paris suggested a “small green cafe with a lamp outside” in the island of Ile Saint Louis.

Shuli at Ile Saint Louis

We made our way there with rumbling stomachs and freezing to death only to find that there was more than one small green cafe with a lamp outside!! So we quickly did our ini-mini-mynie-mos and picked one at random! The thing is, I would tell you what the name of the place was, except I don’t have their card anymore because my WALLET GOT STOLEN!

Moving on.

The Crepes! Ah those wonderful silken fluffy thingies! SO light and SO delicious! Our first round was of savory crepes. I believe I ordered the “Complete” but without the egg. So basically, it had Ham, Cheese and home-style sauteed Mushrooms with Salad on the side. Now, a thing about savory crepes (crêpes salées) – they are made from a buckwheat flour which make them look dark brown as opposed to than the sweet crepes(crêpes sucrées) made of wheat flour which make them look creamish white. Anjuly ordered the same thing but with egg and Shuli ordered one with just Mushrooms and Cheese, no Tomato.

The complete "Complete"


With Mushrooms and Cheese

Traditionally, savory crepes are accompanied by cider to balance the salty with the sweet on your palate. So who said we’d be left far behind?


Cider - sparkling and sweetish

After demolishing the savory ones, we moved on to Dessert crepe!! Yay!


Banana and Chocolate crepe

That night as we were bragging about our exploits to a particular Parisian, friend of a friend, he suggested that if we really wanted to show our respect, we’d go simple rather than fancy shmancy. That meant only one thing : Crepe with Sugar. Only.We could add some lemon if we wanted. Apparently it tasted divine.

So the next morning, feeling all French approved, I asked the friendly waiter of the cafe beside our hostel to get me a Crepe Sucrees, with lemon.

“With watt?”

“With lemon, s’il vous plait.”

“With lemon?”

Here he tried very hard to stop his face from contorting into a frown. I shot a look at Shuli.

“Am I not doing this right?”

The waiter smiled his patronising smile and said, “Whatever you want.”

And then he got us  some lemon. A whole lemon.

“I guess its just a matter of taste,” said Shuli, trying to take the edge off our miserable attempt at being French.


Plain Crepe with Sugar



French or not, it was great! Being a sucker for the sweet-and-sour combination, I had a rocking breakfast.

One last thing about Crepes. I never really understood the full extent of Nutella’s popularity and presence as an accompaniment to crepes until I went to Paris. I always thought it was one of those things that would never happen in Food mecca. Turns out, it does!


Shuli and Anjuli happy after a heary meal