While there are a lot of things about India that make one proud, sometimes the smallest and strangest things evoke the emotion of pride as you will see in this post.
So where did I leave you at the end of my last post... oh yes! the breakfast buffet of the ParkYard Hotel in Shanghai.... Let me take you inside today.
The buffet was described as "The Chinese and Western breakfast buffet (pay close attention here)" in the hotel literature...
PERFECT! I looked forward to some yummy Chinese dishes... and I could always fall back on the western dishes if they turned out to be too exotic for my taste.
The buffet was beautiful and a lot like I expected...
There were the regular Western foods... There were breads, cheeses, muffins, yogurt, fruits, cereal, juices, sausages... you know the usual suspects found in a western breakfast buffet. There was also an omelet station where you could get eggs cooked your way, but the amount of oil that was being used just scared me away...
I decided to focus on Chinese food! When in Rome do what Romans do... when in China, at least try to do what Chinese do!
There were lots of Chinese dishes... I knew some of then already... some I didn't. Fried rice, noodles, Chinese greens.... The dim sum dishes were really good! I just loved the pumpkin dim sum! I ate it everyday in my stay there.
|Sweet pumpkin dim sum||Dim sum boxes||Savory dim sum buns|
And then there were things I was new to. I was introduced to Congee (it's like Indian Dalia, but diff toppings), tea eggs, pidan etc... Pidan is surely an acquired taste, but luckily I acquired it pretty fast!
|Congee||Tea Eggs||Pidan (Century eggs) Google them!|
And as for honorable mentions, I loved the way the oatmeal was prepared. I am used to eating hot oatmeal with nuts, but this was cold, like kheer and had fruits like grapes and shredded apple... and it tasted so good... I also ate a lot of Lychees, since I don't get them often in US. And of course, the fragrant green tea!
|Lychees||Green tea||Cold fruity oatmeal|
But when I was exploring this Chinese food scape, the most unexpected thing happened. Right between spring rolls and chicken nuggets, I caught a glimpse of something!
What! Is it what I think it is?...
...May be, may be not... I had to take a closer look to be sure...
Anxiously, I stepped closer... it certainly looked lit it... I quickly grabbed one and ate to be very sure... YES, it was what I thought!
If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, it must be a duck...
If it's filled with potatoes, has three corners and is deep fried goodness... it must be a SAMOSA!
What was samosa doing in an "Western and Chinese buffet"? I didn't know and didn't care.... to me it was just an example of how Indian cuisine led by samosa, naan, lassi and curry was taking over the world and I couldn't be more proud.
On this Independence day, and like each Independence day, many people lament the westernization of Indian culture and the fact that India is being taken over by globalization, but I like to think positively and talk about Indianization of the world.
England may have ruled over India for 2 centuries, but with curry as the national food of England, Indian food is going to rule England for centuries to come... and that's just the first step... soon we are going to redefine "Continental" breakfast!
Move over Danish, muffins, eggs and bread.... SAMOSA, LASSI and PURI-BHAJI are coming!
PS: This time, please comment and share your favorite foods