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How to eat Indian dinner at restaurant

Hi Boogiebaby....yes it does, but the ration of flour is very very little in comparison to Punjabi kadhi, and is very much a spiced chaas with just a little bit of chickpea flour to act as a thickener
We also have variations of this where we add additional chickpea flour dumplings into the kadhi for when it is needed to be heavier

Oct 28, 2013
waytob in General Topics

Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos - as well as BKK, ICN and TPE

HI, Just got back from ten days in Vietnam, had some absolutely amazing food.

In Sapa, would recommend the Hill Station, very unique but excellent especially the ash baked trout
In Hanoi would suggest the Mango Tree, slightly higher priced but excellent fare. Also try the grilled pork skewers you get on the streets, delicious. Street food on the whole is amazing in Hanoi, one must try would be the Bun Cha at Dai Kim's in the old quarter
Halong Bay we were on the cruise the whole time, we stayed on Valentine cruise and found it superb.
If you do make it to Ho Chi Minh I recommend you go on the night time vespa tours to eat some strange but delicious food

Hope that helps

Oct 25, 2013
waytob in China & Southeast Asia

Indian Chutneys/Condiments

On a slightly different note, just a comment from what I see in my family, coming from a Gujarati background, we have two distinct categories for our pickles and chutneys.
We have some that are fresh and made either the day of or a couple of days prior, normally featuring fresh chillies with mustard and lemon, fresh green peppercorns and other roots like carrot, or the fresh chutneys like the green coriander one or the red one, and we have pickles. These are ideally left over some time in sugar and lemon to ferment and marinade and also include chillies, mango, other fruits like lemon etc and a lot of roots as well.
The Pickled chutneys and aachar are served up at every meal to allow diners to enhance a curry and rotli meal to individual tastes. The fresh pickles are also served to enhance tastes but are seasonally dependant

Oct 25, 2013
waytob in General Topics
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How to eat Indian dinner at restaurant

I would consider that to be more of a kadhi than a chaas. We make it in Gujarati food as an alternate to daal made from lentils, as it is lighter. Most often we have it when the main meal has a sweeter or heavier bread alternate like puran puri or dhosa or lapsi instead of the traditional rotli or chapatti.
Kadhi is basically chaas mixed with ginger and green chilli with addition of some red chilli powder, cumin powder and salt, this is then tempered with a "vaghaar" of mustard seeds and cumin seeds, curry leaves and then occasionally fenugreek. It is finished off with fresh coriander..

Oct 25, 2013
waytob in General Topics

Qatar airport?

For a 7 hour layover he may be better off paying 20$ for the lounge. Its more comfortable and although food choices are limited they do provide a selection of choices

Jul 26, 2013
waytob in Middle East & Africa

Asian (non-Indian) grocery store in Nairobi?

Thanks aerogirl. Been to Sushi Soo but didn't notice the store...will check it out

Jan 17, 2013
waytob in Middle East & Africa

Do any other nations each corn on the cob?

From Kenya and yes its very popular as a street snack here as well.

Roasted over hot coals and then rubbed down with a half lemon dipped in salt and chilli powder (cost of one cob - 23 cents)

We also eat sweet potato and casava in the same way

Jun 28, 2012
waytob in General Topics

Kampala

Try out the Lawns for some nice grilled meats and game, try the kudu poppers if you like a bit of heat

I love the Mediterraneo, great bread and their tagliata with fresh rucola is delicious.

There is one fine dining place although I feel its very overpriced for what you get - The pearl of Africa at the Serena, however the desserts at the coffee shop at the Serena are great

I agree with Emin Pasha - I stay there on occassion and they serve a great a la carte breakfast

May 08, 2012
waytob in Middle East & Africa

Moving to Nairobi from US - foodstuffs to take?

Hey GD have you tried the bagels from Cafe Luna? (they are in Loresho). Those are the closest I have come to real bagels in Nairobi.

They also do some great bagel chips and muffins

Mar 12, 2012
waytob in Middle East & Africa

Moving to Nairobi from US - foodstuffs to take?

I agree, with regards to containers. Anything coming in via large shipping is scrutinized very carefully

Suitcase travellers on teh other hand can get away with practically anything. Last time on my way back from South Africa I brought back 6 bottles of Diemesfontain and a large wheel of parmesan without any hassle.

Now lets see what my london exploration brings forth.....hopefully will get some good smoked chillies

Mar 07, 2012
waytob in Middle East & Africa

Moving to Nairobi from US - foodstuffs to take?

Maybe next time you are in town. I'm always up for meeting new wine partners

Mar 07, 2012
waytob in Middle East & Africa

Moving to Nairobi from US - foodstuffs to take?

Lol...have a look below, he gets some really good cheeses and cured meats as well.
Plus I get my arborio rice, olive oil and balsamic from there too

BORGO ALLE VIGNE ZOVENIN 2007
FRIULLI DOC GRAVE CHARDONNAY 6 13% 0.75 789
FRIULLI DOC GRAVE PINOT GRIGIO 6 13% 0.75 986
FRIULI DOC GRAVE MERLOT 6 13% 0.75 986

Mar 07, 2012
waytob in Middle East & Africa

Moving to Nairobi from US - foodstuffs to take?

Hey GD, for wines I get mine from Mombasa either Roberto's or San Giorgios, can email or link in thier wine list and they deliver to your door from Mombasa at 100 shillings per case.

In the really hot days my favourite tipple is Prosecco Blu with fresh raspberries, and they sell it at 10 dollars a bottle

Mar 06, 2012
waytob in Middle East & Africa

Moving to Nairobi from US - foodstuffs to take?

Hey GD, agree whole heartedly on the Chipotles, also ancho chillies etc. Am off to Borough Market on Saturday in London to pick up that as well as some of my specialty oils

Regarding maple syrup, never had a problem actually, got it last time at Muthaiga Mini Market and before that at Chandarana in Mobil Plaza.

SLS - Regarding the fruit loops, you really shouldn't have a problem bringing them in. My SIL brought a huge suitcase full of baby formula last time and had no issues.

Bourbon, definitely, your wallet will thank you. You get a seletion of baking flour and I have never had any issue with baking here (My dad used to run a bakery so its in the blood) again if you're looking for specialty stuff like gluten free flour etc then there may be a bit of a search involved

Mar 05, 2012
waytob in Middle East & Africa

Moving to Nairobi from US - foodstuffs to take?

You're welcome....shampoos etc mainly. I find what we get in Kenya very overpriced compared to what I buy at drugstores in London, I actually come back with a suitcase full of shampoo, showergel, face wash and conditioner plus hair products when I travel to UK, South Africa or Australia.

I also pick up certain chocolate brands as the ones we get here are again quite overpriced (especially my beloved Toblerone and Terry's Orange - a non-gourmet vice I'm afraid).

We get some fairly decent wine here, but you have to hunt for a good supplier as there have been many occassions where poor transportation has lost a case of good wine (african heat and road travel)

If you are a drinker (notice a theme here?) then for specific liquors (single malt especially), bring your own brands, as unique whiskey's, cigars etc are not at all pocket friendly.

My mother gets me to buy things like almonds (for indian sweets) and pistachio's as well as certain spices when i travel (cinnamon from Tanzania and cloves from India), but if you don't plan to use them in huge quantities you will get pretty decent quality here.

A couple of friends who are in the export industry have told me that Kenya exports its best quality (coffee, tea, macadamia and cashew nuts etc.) so what you find on the shelves is not top level, I love the flavours nevertheless.

Let me know if you have any specific questions

Mar 01, 2012
waytob in Middle East & Africa

Moving to Nairobi from US - foodstuffs to take?

Hi there, and welcome to Kenya

With regards to foods like graham crackers etc, I really think its a matter of how particular you are to American brands. You can get maple syrup, chocolate chips and digestive biscuits (very similar to graham crackers), however it just may not be a brand you are familiar with.

Due to the large number of expats here there are several shops that store exclusive imported items such as boxed cake mixes, hershey's brownie mixes etc. You can even get the whole range of Tate and Lyle sugars (molasses, brown sugar etc.)

If you could specify some of the items you think may not be available here, I would be able to provide a more concise answer, however IMO I think you'll find that you can get almost anything you want here, albeit after a bit of a search

Going slightly off topic here but what you'll have greater difficulty in finding is beauty products at a reasonable price.

Feb 19, 2012
waytob in Middle East & Africa

Asian (non-Indian) grocery store in Nairobi?

Thanks TSparxx...the hunt continues, I'll keep an eye out for the Village Market house.

I lucked out recently with my neighbours though, 2 Malaysian ladies who came back with a goody bag from back home, and they were kind enough to share.

At the moment it seems that's the best way to pick up some of the more exotic spices and dry goods - I got an amazing garlic chilli paste and they made a very sweet dessert that had a tapioca consistency, couldn't make out what else was in it, but it tasted like condensed milk that had been pressure cooked to a caramel consistemcy, mixed with a red bean paste

Feb 07, 2012
waytob in Middle East & Africa

Asian (non-Indian) grocery store in Nairobi?

Hi Junchow

To be honest, I am very similar to you as Zucchini works out more convenient albeit pricey. I shop at City Market when I have a big dinner to prepare for, simply due to the price compared to colume. However on Tuesday's the market is bursting with fresh produce.

I am looking to try out http://freshandmore.kbo.co.ke/home due to my current work schedule. Will keep you posted on how that works out.

Jan 04, 2012
waytob in Middle East & Africa

Asian (non-Indian) grocery store in Nairobi?

Sorry Junchow, there are limitations unfortunately, and I haven't been there in a while either so I guess there has been a big drop in standards.

Did you havce any luck at the City Market?

Jan 03, 2012
waytob in Middle East & Africa

Kenya: Nairobi - Where to find good cheese

Hi There

Welcome to Kenya, hope you're enjoying it. It really depends on what you are looking for. The Browns farm is actually out in Limuru and you can go for a great lunch day out and buy your cheeses http://www.brownscheese.com/?lunches-...

Other options are the Deli sections in places like Muthaiga Mini Market. There is a good Italian supermarket next to Dhanji Apartments off Gitanga Road, who also do cold cuts and olives.

One of my favourite places to get good cheese and pate was at the Prime Cuts Deli in Village Market, howwever I haven't been there in a year so can't vouch for how good it still is

Hope that helps

Jan 03, 2012
waytob in Middle East & Africa

Dining recommendations South Coast Kenya, Diani area?

Hi there, I guess you're heading down to the coast for Christmas?

Plenty of choice, although the best is always to simply buy fresh fish and seafood off the fishermen and cook over your own beach side grill. However for other options:

Italian - Anielo's, its in teh shopping centre near leisure lodge, great Tagliata and the rucola is so refreshing in the heat

Seafood - pricey version is at Al Barbours - restaurant is set in a natural cave, beautiful ambience
A more reasonable option would probably be at Wasini island although don't get conned into diving there, the reef is dead due to over commercialisation

Stay away from Diani reef hotel - food standards have really gone down

For a chilled out sunday lunch with plenty of beach side sports you can go Nomads or fourty thieves, if i remember correctly, Nomad's has the better salad bar with lots of variety.

For a more upmarket lunch go down to AlManara - it was the venue for my wedding and the food was great

Let me know if you're looking for any specific items

You should really try coming up north if you can, to indulge in the street side treats of old town Mombasa - grilled meats, fresh cassava chips, spicy potato curry and biryani's

Dec 19, 2011
waytob in Middle East & Africa

Asian (non-Indian) grocery store in Nairobi?

Unfortunately not really. You get good Asian vegetables at the main City market opposite Aga Khan on 6th Parklands. Fabulous Pak Choy, Chinese Cabbage and holy basil.
For other items such as Nori and sticky rice you can try Helthy U in Sarit Centre.
There is also a chinese centre on Ngong road where certain novelty items can be found, including a wonderful range of dried mushroom

Dec 12, 2011
waytob in Middle East & Africa

Zen Garden in Nairobi: delicious Asian fusion

Zen is good but it can be very hit or miss. On days when the owners are not around Service goes rapidly downhill, the Thai dishes start suffering, and they serve up defrosted dim sum instead of fresh made ones.
From an ambience perspective its fantastic, lovely to sit outside in the well maintained gardens in the glorious December heat

Dec 12, 2011
waytob in Middle East & Africa

Thanksgiving in Kampala?

Interesting to hear. I agree with checking on wine prices, I have very rarely found any wine off restaurant wine lists, matching up to price. Most are badly transporetd resulting in the wine being damaged.
Wasn't the pearl of Africa doing anything special for thanksgiving?

Nov 27, 2011
waytob in Middle East & Africa

Thanksgiving in Kampala?

Serena hotel will have a Turkey special, not sure how traditional it will be though

Nov 22, 2011
waytob in Middle East & Africa

Dining in Nairobi - An Overview

Hey there, its hotel Sagret and its on Milimani road in Nairobi, just off the city centre

Sep 20, 2011
waytob in Middle East & Africa

East Africa Trip Report: Nairobi, Dar Es Salaam, Zanzibar

Interesting report, am actually of the same mind about Blanco's after my last meal there.

I can only hope they pull up their socks and come back to the same standards they started off with

Sep 12, 2011
waytob in Middle East & Africa

Dining in Nairobi - An Overview

Hi there

I agree with you, especially being a vegetarian, Carnivore is a bit of a rip off and very touristy. Depending on which area of Nairobi you are staying at:

Abyssinia - a bit of a dive but good food and very cheap - Ethiopian cuisine.

Stavrose is good for meat eaters - very limited on vegetarian and Haandi - the posh North Indian version of a tourist trap, I prefer Open house, which has similar cuisine at half the price

Chowpaty in shimmers plaza has a good balance of North and South inidan with excellent paper dhosa's, and it is completely vegetarian

Blanco's would be my recommendation for African choice, however not hundred percent sure on veg options as focus on the menu is predominantly meat driven

There's a new place thats modern Indian that has just opened called Benares, it might catch your fancy. very different from normal restaurants here

A firm favourite for me is Tamambo, the sister restaurant to Carnivore, but not a tourist haven at all.

You might want to try out our version of Chinese - its very indianised but delicious, theres a restaurant called Bangkok that does excellent ginger garlic crab and has some great vegetarian options too.

Let me know if this helps

Aug 24, 2011
waytob in Middle East & Africa

Foodie dining partner in Nairobi June/July 2011?

Hi PP

In Karen, unless you find a local Nyama Choma place, not really. In town there are plenty, however from a safety aspect I would hesitate to recommend you walking to any of them late night.

The best places are the cafe's you will see along the sidewalk, often spilling over onto the road.

Biashara street has several such cafe's and a couple fo bar's.

There is also Tamarind, in town, part of our famous carnivore group.

If you fancy some spice but not typical formal north indian food then I would really recommend you make your way to Stavrose...this is an old very fanous restaurant in the CBD that is very popular with the local Indian community who don't like the heavy cream laden North Indian food

Hope that helps

Aug 10, 2011
waytob in Middle East & Africa

Foodie dining partner in Nairobi June/July 2011?

Hi PP

My apologies for the late reply, I have been travelling for the last 2 weeks and haven't had any access to the net unfortunately.

I am not sure if you have already made your trip, so will give recommendations either way:

Karen - there is the Talisman which is great for lunch or alternatively Que pasa which is also really nice

The Junction is a huge mall that is not too far away and has lots of options, including a great frozen yogurt place.

Diamond plaza is open till midnight, but some stalls close at 10, although this month they will stay open later because of Ramadhan.

The Hilton is in town so DP will be a bit out of the way, there are plenty of late night cafes open in the area, but I would recommend you don't walk around once it is dark.

I am not sure how long you will be in Nairobio for, but Blanco's will definitely be a treat for you, and there is a great karoga place round the corner from there called Azalea, where you can probably get a snack at after 10.00pm

Hope this helps

Aug 02, 2011
waytob in Middle East & Africa