Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Eats, and a friend.

The explorations did not end when Matt and I arrived back to Delhi on our trip, but this time, they were all of food.

On Matt’s last day in town, we went to Delhi’s Khan Market, one of my favorite places in the city. First, I introduced Matt to the unbelievable mutton kakori rolls at Aap Ki Kathir, a hole-in-the wall kebab shop that I’d been dying to revisit for months. The mutton has a smooth, soft texture, particular to the kakori style of preparation, and the taste of cinnamon and cloves and other spices is incredibly bold.

Before leaving Khan Market, we picked up an assortment of off-the-wall fruits, and tried them later that night.

Gooseberries: taste and texture like a tart cherry tomato

Cherimoya: exceedingly sweet, juicy, soft white flesh, inside a cushy inedible shell

Dragonfruit: surprisingly bland, sort of like a tasteless kiwi, but gorgeous exterior

And finally, for the piece de resistance, Matt and I devoured an entire leg of tandoor-roasted lamb that night at one of Delhi’s well-known restaurants, Punjabi by Nature. The dish came out still sizzling, bone still in and meat shredded around it. It was perfectly marinated and honestly the most tender, flavorful lamb I’ve ever had. We paired it with oversized portions of garlic naan, dabbled it with mint chutney, and washed it down with rarely found Hoegaarden. That was a meal I’ll remember for a long time.

And then I reluctantly sent him off at the airport for his next destination of Hong Kong.

Good travels, good food, and a good friend. There are many things to be happy about.

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