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  1. It really is porotta: Wikipedia on Porotta vs. Paratha And I think you're right on the softness. I'll either have to take it easy in the microwave, or steam/fry it. ← Was it a malaysian style indian bread ? I have seen boxes of these bread in Chinese supermarkets in NYC. If so, then they are rarely fit for microwave reheating. Try frying it ?
  2. Things change fast in Delhi, and yet some things dont. The 5* hotel prices are up the roof; foodwise some are still around, others have gone downhill....
  3. What you ate at are called dhabas. The roadside diners catering to mostly truckers; but in the last three decades to aam junta too Their cooking is simple but increadibly good. People drive for miles just to frequent a dhaba of their choice or liking. The pots are indeed cleaned every night or early morning - But not they way you expect - It's cleaned with ashes and natural hush from coconuts fibers etc. Awaiting your full report and impressions.
  4. I too just came back from India 10 days ago - I enjoyed your photos and I am glad you were exposed to North and Western cuisine. Next time you could tour the East and South Great pics (not just your India trip, also the 05 and 04 tours)
  5. There are lots of seafood restaurants in the outlying islands which are relatively inexpensive. I would avoid CK Mansion for Indian food; they are inexpensive alright. Lin Po Monestary offers Vegetarian meals.
  6. Much of the Indian Cinese originated in Calcutta/Kolkatta. I distinctly remember that there were so many chinese restaurants in WB, and just a handful in Bombay/Mumbai (circa late '60s early'70s) as new ones opened in Bombay/Mumbai, I used to initiate my local friends on my visits home from West Bengal. Fast forward to '90s and now - Nearly Every restaurant in nerarly all major cities serve Chinese Is that same as one's I had in Kolkatta ? No !!! Back to NYC - Indian Chinese that one gets served is within the bell-curve of what you'd find in upscale indian restaurants and some chinese re
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    Chinese Mirch

    let me attempt to deconstruct a bit: Indian Chinese is what I knew in my teenage years eating in Calcutta; now Kolkatta - A chinese food prepared by then - third generation indians of chinese origin - Over two generations much of these immigrants (mostly cooking Hakka style) had adopted indian ingredients and some techniques to create a unique style - For indians (desis), their yearning for chinese food that they had in India tends to evoke some kind of nostalgia-trigger - a.k.a Chicken manchurian, Chilli (as in green chilles) chicken etc. Nothing more, nothing less. Mee Goreng (sp?) is a dis
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    Dim Sum

    When it was Triple 8 - It was god; they change hands and other of their Chefs who oversaw weekend daytime (dim sum time of me) left things started to slip - Last week much of what we ate was sub-par. However their snails and mussels at the way-station has the same consistency since the '90.
  9. Louisa: Thanks for bringing this insight. It clarifies a lot about the restaurant and many other similar places in Morroco - much appreciated.
  10. Yes indeed - In fancy restaurants(one's attached to international hotel chains) however they tend to take the foreigners icky-factor away - The more delicious one's are at the local places or roadside shacks on the way to Cusco
  11. For Star Anise - Just drop one while making rice. I put one star anise, one bay leaf and two green elichi when I cook rice (I only cook rice - nothing else )
  12. Never learnt to cook. Now its reduced to about 10-12 meals / year cooked at home - I do own lots of cookbooks for the heck of it
  13. Not knowing when you are going to be in PRG; I can say that in general Czech restaurants close early. Moderate czech cuisine in or around Republick namesti (near Municipal House) can be had in Patriot X (off the Sq. in V Celnici) Then there is Celnici restaurant next to a Billa supermarket? and another option is to go to the restaurant housed in the Intercontinental Hotel. Nearly all Beer hall's which are open late serve some Czech food.
  14. Try Sapporo on 49th off 7th Ave. or Menchenkotei on 50s (55th) between 5th & 6th. Is it curry ramens or curry rice you are looking for ?
  15. Where would you be staying ? There are some known places like Marius the churrascria in Leme. A few standard places in Leblon and surroundings.
  16. What people have not explictly said; Yes there is an airside hotel in AMS. Hotel Mercure - Good for few hours of sleep between connections.
  17. Loved the photos of SIN :) Now do you have similar sights and scenes of BLR ?
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    Asiate

    If you look at the residents (minimum 1million dollars for a small apt) and the Time Warner folks + guests @Mandrin Oriental - Last minute seatings are not unheard off. What's wrong with having some sushi @ Bar Masa after Jazz outing ?
  19. I agree with what Ellen has said - Having travelled extensively over time :) This has been our strategy too - If my first trip does not inspire we will not return - If it does, then we make frequent visits to the city.
  20. There is a Single Malt of the Month kind of a club - Unfortunately it is closed to outsiders :) For eons, we at work have been tasting Single Malts - I had once posted a photo of what I had as a collection of empty boxes of what we tasted, on this site .
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    Thalassa

    Certain types of fish are done very well. One is advised to stick to their traditional strengths - i.e seafood. If by chance you want meats, I suggest stick to lamb chops.
  22. Manglorean gassi would kinda be like south-west When I'm visiting India, I have variety in my breakfast or a dinner - idli,dhokla,paratha,vada ...
  23. And maybe taste from his stash of single malts
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    Xing

    Yes it is hip - more like a large version of mid-levels wine bar in HKG. The 30+ something crowd is shunted into the back room - the young and chic in the front. If you want chinese food - go few door down to GSI - If you want ambiance and hangout + have some chinese apps. this is the place. BTW - I found the bokchoy and fried rice suprisingly good.
  25. Miramar ?? OK, its on Nathan Rd. Right across from Miramar on the 4th floor are a few really good restaurants - Specially the Yunyan Szechuan Restaurant. In the basement by Miramar should be a couple of restaurant. Nearby, also in the basement is a very inexpensive dim-sum place for breakfast and good congee. Go to Temple St., Night market to eat in hot pot cafes. In and around TST you'll find many small cafes/diner/dim sum places. Since you are going to be there for a week; take a trip to the Lamma island and have a good seafood meal - If you go in a large group; order a set meal. Really ine
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