YK's good friend Andrew came for dinner last night. I happened to cook Gobi Aloo (Indian Style Cauliflower with Potatoes) which YK devoured with gusto. When he asked Andrew if it tasted like an authentic Indian dish, his friend said the Gobi Aloo he eats at home tastes rather different. You see, Andrew is an Indian and he eats real Indian curry everyday.
I couldn't help but grinned at him because it is like bringing fake snow to the eskimos. While assembling the ingredients for the dish, all I had was a head of cauliflower, some potatoes and a packaged masala spice mix. I was out of cumin seeds, mustard seeds, coriander and ghee, all very essential ingredients used in Indian cooking. So I improvised and added in tumeric and paprika powder instead.
The thing is, Andrew loves the Chinese food that I cook for him. When he comes over during the weekends, I could see how he enjoys the shrimp dumplings or the mee suah (noodles) soup presented before him. He once told YK, "You're so lucky, you get to eat char siew (barbequed pork), dumplings and sliced fish everyday."
YK was quick to reply, "Noooo! We only eat stir fried vegetables and steamed fish."
Somehow, many people have the misconception that Chinese food is all about char siew and dumplings. I have not eaten char siew in years and it's not something you can easily make at home. While we often eat different kinds of dumplings, they are mostly not the home-made variety. They are time consuming to prepare, so I often stock up on frozen ones.
To whip up a quick dinner, stir frying is still the best way to go. It takes minutes to cook a dish and washing up is easy too.
I must admit that I've been experimenting with Indian cuisine the last few days. I made dhal curry and masala chicken that day. As the boys aren't too keen on the dishes, I gave some to CH. Rusty ended up eating most of the chicken which you can imagine tasted nothing like the ones sold in Indian restaurants.
Nobody touched the dahl curry but me. There's still one pot in the fridge. Luckily I didn't serve any to Andrew last night. I bet it tastes nothing like dhal!