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#1 mongo_jones

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 12:43 PM

this is a particularly complicated time to be in india, and especially in delhi. but here we've been for almost two weeks. despite everything going on, we've been eating out with friends (and mostly talking about all the shit going on). some of that stuff is addressed in this first meal review, of dinner at eat pham, a manipuri restaurant. manipur is one of the north eastern states, whose cuisines and cultures--by and large--have far more in common with the countries east of india than with the dishes and flavours associated with indian food abroad (or for that matter in much of india). this meal included smoked pork, river snails, fermented fish etc. take a look.

 

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 01:19 PM

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 01:36 PM

how the fuck does that happen? i open the url link box and paste the link in. anyway, fixed now.


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Posted 19 January 2020 - 02:02 PM

Sounds incredible. Over the years I've accumulated 2 or 3 cookbooks from that general region. Never cooked from them mostly for ingredient issues.

Are River snails commonly eaten in the north east? Are they sourced from the north east?

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 03:29 PM

Very interesting. Reading about how they ferment the fish I can't figure out how anyone there makes it to adulthood. 


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Posted 19 January 2020 - 11:41 PM

Singapore, twenty years ago, meat laid out on the sidewalk to dry in the sun.

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 12:30 AM

Different market but same fermentation method:

E. coli was found in all the samples (100%) of both drying yards and retail market but 60% in control samples. Highest amount (44%) of Salmonella was detected in retail market samples followed by DY-2 (36%) and DY-1 (32%), respectively. Samples of DY-1 (28%), DY-2 (24%) and retail market (40%) were found contaminated with V. cholera as well.


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Posted 20 January 2020 - 04:07 AM

Sounds incredible. Over the years I've accumulated 2 or 3 cookbooks from that general region. Never cooked from them mostly for ingredient issues.

Are River snails commonly eaten in the north east? Are they sourced from the north east?

 

 

considering there are two river snail dishes on the compact menu i'd guess it's a common enough ingredient. and my understanding is that they get ingredients directly from manipur.

 

a few nights later we ate at a naga place, five minutes walk from eat pham. another whole set of flavours--dishes made with fermented bean paste, with sichuan pepper leaves and so on. i might write that up later this week (we're off to goa tomorrow) but you can also get a sense of it from my review of dz√ľkou from 2016.


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Posted 23 January 2020 - 03:52 PM

and here is the write-up of the naga dinner, at hornbill, not too far from eat pham (and no easier to find).

 

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 04:57 PM

when i was in delhi by myself in december 2018 i had a very nice thali at bagundi, a then new'ish andhra restaurant. went back there with the family just over a week ago for more thali action--and for the boys, tandoori chicken and naan (steve!). all very good, but the fish and crab frys on the fish and mixed seafood thali respectively were particularly great. heat toned down for the delhi palate--my only complaint.

 

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Posted 31 January 2020 - 02:34 AM

and another northeastern restaurant: nimtho, which serves sikkimese and nepali food. very enjoyable. featuring, among other things, nettle flower soup and a chutney with timur/sichuan peppercorn.

 

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Posted 09 February 2020 - 05:02 PM

jamun in lodhi colony market is an all-rounder in a city/country of specialists, serving a pan-indian menu of dishes from different regions. not everything at our dinner was great but it was on the whole a very good meal (i'd kill to have it in the u.s). many of these dishes are available in better versions in specialist restaurants (and would certainly be better still in the home regions) but this is nonetheless a good way for a visitor to delhi to eat a variety of regional dishes on one menu. recommended, though in the same general genre i prefer cafe lota.

 

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 03:58 PM

today i have for you a report on a very steve-friendly meal, at a north indian curry house--a lunch buffet, no less. but if only north indian curry houses in the u.s could be as good as made in punjab

 

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Posted 16 February 2020 - 05:04 PM

back to cafe lota. with chef changes etc. they're not as good as they were when they first opened but still the best pan-indian restaurant in delhi and still a necessary stop.

 

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#15 Steve R.

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Posted 16 February 2020 - 06:00 PM

do you really expect me to read the posts where you don't mention my name?


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