Friday, August 26, 2005

South Indian Curry

Old Mother Hubbard,
Went to the cupboard,
To get her poor doggie a bone,
When she got there,
The cupboard was bare,
So the poor little doggie had none.

Yep, our cupboards have been as bare as poor ol' Mother Hubbard's! So no cooking experiments recently. Bro and I went for a short walk around Taipan USJ yesterday trying to find something to eat. Nothing appealed so in the end, we had to settle for hawker fare.

That banner is a little twisted but it proudly proclaims "South Indian Curry".

When we went closer, we saw that the stall had been reviewed by the Star before! And it was unique as it was a Chinese stall selling good Indian curries. Bro opted to try the Indian rice and the young boy behind the stall got busy.

The variety of dishes was quite extensive and it did smell spicy and good.

The pots at the lower right hand corner are the curries he pours over the rice before he serves you. A little like nasi kandar style.

This was Bro's rice for RM5.20. It came served on a piece of banana leaf and the rice was nicely drowned in various curries.

This is the close-up of his rice. He had mutton curry with potatoes, cabbage and a dry spicy chicken with lots of dried chillies. The chicken was nice but he had a lot of trouble eating it as it was full of small bones. And halfway through, the poor boy swallowed a bone! He had to swallow a mouthful of rice to ease the discomfort. The seller should use bigger pieces instead!

I had soup instead. I ordered this from a stall selling "Home Cooked Dishes and Soup". Whatever they sold was written in Mandarin, which I couldn't read and with my limited Cantonese, I managed to ask what soups they had. He reeled off a long list and all I understood was lotus root and peanut soup! So this was what I had!

At RM3.70 a bowl, they were quite generous with their ingredients. It had a good portion of lotus root with red dates and dried squid.

There were several slices of lean pork and innards as well. The soup had the nice, full-bodied taste of a well boiled soup. The dried squid and red dates gave a certain sweetness to the soup.

The beauty of hawker centres - it has such a wide variety of food to cater for every tastebud!


boo_licious said...

Oh no! Your poor brother. I hate swallowing bones esp fish ones.

tytty said...

i miss all of the leng tong back home .. sniff sniff

Sue said...

Boo, you're just like J. He only eats fish fillets!

Tian, try to boil's not too difficult! :)I'm learning too!

fooDcrazEE said...

Tian, boiling soup is easy. The hard part is trying to get the same taste as when mum's cooking them. Dont worry, it'll never be the same as the extra ingredient in the home cook soup is called LOVE.

tytty said...

haha, one day lah, and I gotta remember to pack some "home love" in a tin the next time I'm home