No, it wasn’t as disastrous as the title of this post makes it out to be but had an interesting time cooking lunch for Manoj and family yesterday. Promised some time back that when we had time, would try to cook some authentic (at least in my mind) Singaporean/Chinese dishes for them. The opportunity presented itself yesterday and the rest is history.
– Paneer Satay with Gravy
– Stir-fried mixed vegetables with garlic
– Soy-sauce chicken
– Fried noodles with vegetables
Glad to say that the Satay, the most complicated dish, went off without much of a hitch other than the fact that I’m not the best handler of paneer (local cottage cheese) this side of the sub-continent. The gravy was very well received and the fact that the rest of the stuff was eaten without grimaces of unease meant that it wasn’t all that bad. Not too bad for a first time cooking after some time and without many little condiments and sauces that we take for granted. Missed out the dessert but that will definitely be rectified the next time.
Cultural exchange is always easiest through food – found that out about 5 years ago and am reminded by this again. The route to anyone’s heart is definitely through their stomachs and there’s nothing like an authentic (or semi-authentic) home-cooked mean to show them what it really means to taste one’s culture.
(Photos to be added. Watch this space)