Posts Tagged ‘Food’

It wud have been a  perfect date if it had been a girl other than Beneven Noble (Ben), my colleague @ Qwest, TCS.   😀 😀 . He is my coffee mate and we share similar interests, ranging from food, photography, travel, movies, technology etc.

We had been planning to go to a restaurant for dinner, for the past 3,4 weeks but the right time came today(22nd Sept 2011). Fortunately, both of us came to office very early today  and both of us were not in a mood to work after 8 in the evening . We planned to go to a Mexican restaurant then after initial analysis we finalized Kyung Bok Gong. It’s a Korean restaurant @ Chamiers Road, Nandanam. (Complete Junk )

As soon as we got into the hotel we looked @ each other in dismay, as the ambiance looked very weird. However, we thought of giving it a try as it was the first Korean restaurant visit for both of us. The foods were too costly  and we decided that this is not the right place for us today. We then proceeded to Benjarong @ TTK Road. It was houseful and we were told that it might take another 45 minutes to get a table.

The GPRS @ Ben’s blackberry pointed out various Chinese hotels and we picked our final 2, ‘China Town’ & ‘Mainland of China’. Considering the budget factors, we moved on to China Town at Cath Road.

We chose a fine corner seat at the restaurant and browsed through the menu. We were served a Carrot/Cucumber salad mixed with vinegar which got finished in seconds. Ben gave me the privilege of choosing the soup and he ordered a sea food starter. ஆய புலன்கள் 64 ம் told me to go for my evergreen TOM-YUM soup. It’s a thin clear spicy Thai soup, the recipe for your reference  http://thaifood.about.com/od/vegetarianthairecipes/r/vegtomyum.htm. It is an unforgettable soup which I have been attached too much to it since my yesteryear @ Newgen Softwares. The green/red chillies with the lemon grass gives the greatest mix of sour and spiciness which no cocktail in this world can give. I never got satisfied unless and until I get tears in my eyes biting the chillies in the soup..Wowww  wht a soupppp.

By the time the soup got over, the main course came to the table, hot and yummmmmmy. We ordered a single bowl of fried rice with a Schezwan chicken gravy for Ben and a veg gravy made of brocoli, Sweet Corn, asparagus, etc. for me (oooops I forgot the name). I remember only the first 2 munches of the food and later it was all conversations. We did not care about our neighboring tables and were communicating in our normal volumes. We were much into photography, camera, exposure, etc for the past 2 days and the same continued in the restaurant and many more. We returned to the normal world when the fork and spoon sounded ‘ting ting’ hitting the empty plates. Later, we realized that we had finished our food and had nothing more to eat.

A sweet beeda ended the sweet 2 hr show .

Thanks to Ben, China Town and Tom Yum for the great treat.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That was the first time I actually had to help to prepare dinner my family

My mother is the chief cook and we are the great eaters of her food. She was asked to not to go near the kitchen for a couple of days. So I tried to put my hand in making the dish.

My passion is to learn, explore each and every thing in this world and cooking is one among them.

I had heard about bheema in Mahabharatha and Nalan in tamizh history. they were said to be great cooks at their time. The film, ratatouille is also another insipiraiton. when Mr. Gusteau’s helps a rat to cook why not me??. When Remy can satisfy anton ego why can’t I satisy my tongue…

With all this inspirational note here’s my experience.

1. Added oil, mustard, red chillies, dal and curry leaves.
2. I was asked to pour some water in a kadai. It boiled for a while, A measure quantiy of rava was asked to mix with the water in the kadai. I stirred it for a while and covered the kadai with a plate. After 10-15 minutes when I opened the uppuma was ready. I was really surprised to see how simple it is.

The next day I helped to make chappathi’s. Chappathi’s are called as indian flat breads. sounds funny. it was very very simple. The readymade flour is available at stores. Get it, cut it and pour some into a bowl. Add some water and oil. Mix it. On mixing, it will get thicker to form a moist dough. Thats it.. u have to take a TT ball size from it. roll it to thin texture and heat it up.. AS it becomes brownish, flip it and serve it.

The ultimate point is…. though my mother didn’t come to kitchen but she was the person who measured and gave me ingredients at right quantity. If you ask me about the right quantity to mix.. sorry i don’t have an answer right now.. If written,you could see it in my future blogs….

See u in next blog.. ur comments to improve my blogging would really be appreciated.

(final note: Neither the uppuma was worse nor the chappathi was bad :-))