<---- Just LOOK at those... they just want to be bitten into.
There has been something seriously missing in my life... at least gastronomically. I've tried everything from croissants, doughnuts, the fraud tandoori chicken that you get here, the simple-yet-tasty Japanese chicken curry (Don Don) and chicken laksa (Laksa King).
Nothing's working!!! :( Everything is just so.... BLAND!
At a restaurant last week, when I asked for my Bloody Mary to be made spicier... I was given a whole bottle of tabasco sauce. WTF??! I might as well have bought my own tin of tomato juice, vodka and chewed on some celery while at it. The restaurant I worked at, the chef made daal and put - choke! - chopped chives in it. Sorry, it was tasty and all, but THAT was not daal. No wonder restaurants here spell it as 'dhal'. My arse.
Then yesterday -- again while watching another documentary on SBS, this one on 'rising India' -- they showed this bloody British bloke chomping away on - gulp! - moong daal pakore and mirchi pakore. "These are so good. Fried chillies, who would have thought of it?" he says. Yessir, bada sahib, a nation of a billion -- and it's neighbours eat it -- but of course if Your Highness has not heard of it, it's not supposed to exist.
I WANT MY BHAJIYA!!!
I don't care about pavloas, I want pakore. Fuck the tiramisu, gimme tikki any day. And gol-gappe at Nathu's. Here I put like two, little black peppercorns in my daal and people go, "My god that's hot." Arre, what bloody hot! No jalebees either and it is a national insult to call those things-that-come-in-tins as rasgullas.
My life is ruined. Partner better make up for it. :(
My current fantasy list includes:
1. Jalebee that I had at India Today office: Karol Bagh, Jhandewalan
2. Mirchi pakode: from anywhere
3. Gol gappe: always Nathu's...and please, the real ones are not called water balls (scoff)
4. Aloo tikki: Sarojini Nagar, after loads of shopping while jostling with other women
5. Pyaz parantha: Moolchand, mere pyaare Moolchand paranthe...
6. Kulcha-chana @ Rs 5: outside the Times of India office, ITO...
7. Bhel puri: For Rs 7/- outside LSR, he just knew how to make it
8. Kaala-khatta: the joy of slurping, South Ex part 2
9. Aloo-chaat: as you enter Noida from Kalindi Kunj side, there are these dudes who make fried
potato chaat in tins, with three other tin scraps to keep the wind out. Oh lord, divine.
10. Samose followed by gulab jamun: at Ber Sarai, even Partner misses them.
11. Bread pakore: again India today office, Karol Bagh, Jhandewalan...really oily, really unhealthy, but bloody good for the taste buds.
12. Meetha paan: only and only from Prince Paan Bhandar, GK 1. Partner never understood my fascination for paan. He has no appreciation for the good things in life.
Oh my life is ruined.
PS: Am hungry, what to eat? A sandwich. Wow.