Saturday, February 21, 2009

indian101.

jolene and rama - lunch with these two fellows is never a simple affair. you'll not only get fed in your tummy but your brains will also get poked poked poked and then you come out at the end of lunch feeling like you're 100x enriched with issues on life's greatest philosophical issues. i think so far we've touched on religion, chinese values, morality etc etc etc etc etc... ...

haha but i've always enjoyed their company and this time was no exception! we ventured into rama's country (somewhere called little india) for some indian food. his mouth dropped when i told him that i don't know what's a dosai so his quest to have some indian-chinese food became an indiancuisine101 lesson.

have you have stepped into a indian restaurant, not knowing what to order and always end up with either roti prata or fish head curry? i take the easy way out, i just don't step into one haha.. the closest i got to indian was prata, which i'm sure someone out there will vehemently object because prata is so not indian.

fear not my young padawans! after today's post you will be able to step into an indian restaurant with your chest inflated and heads up... just remember me when you're eating and mouth a silent "i love you chian". thanks.

rama: it's illegal to use the pedestrian crossing in little india, let me show you the indian way!

jolene blinks and rama has dashed across to the other side of the road.

rama recommended a few places worth visiting in little india, namely gokul vegetarian restaurant (indian-chinese cuisine), chellas and komala vilas. we decided on gokul's!

trying to do the m1 one advertisement thingy

clean and welcoming interior of the restaurant... i like.

pretty!

this is called paper dosai. very large thin piece of dosai with potatoes at the side. the 3 gravy looking thing on the plate are from left to right: coconuty paste, curry and onion paste. delicious! the bowl of green mash on the top left corner of the photo is called paalak paneer, which is actually mashed spinach with cottage cheese and it's really good! when chian says it's good, just take her word for it.

being an indian-chinese restaurant, gokul also sells the indian interpretation of chinese food like mee siam etc. this one above is called chicken kurma, which is like chicken curry, except that they use mock meat instead of real chicken because it's a vegetarian restaurant. the thick spicy gravy is an absolute winner.

breads - one of them is chappathi, the others.. i forgot.

that's all for the first lesson folks, i'm quite a lousy teacher because i think i've forgotten half of what rama said. aiyahhh you guys just take down the names, order and eat can already lah. i hope you'll have a bolly good meal when you decide to go indian next time!

gokul vegetarian restaurant
19 upper dickson road, 207478
phone: 63967769

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

The "curry" with the dosai is called sambar, and is a south indian preparation of yellow split pea or dal. And dun call them paste lah, say chutney.

the absolute flat stove-top cooked bread is chapati (a staple in every north indian home, and the main starch in lieu of rice), and the two fluffier ones were roti (whole wheat version of the tandoori naan, to not ever be sinfully confused with the roti prata) and plain kulcha (fried white wheat bread, sometimes with stuffing, but we got the plain one).

finally .... nope, this is not an indian chinese place lah - the chinese food when they do make them (like a bunch of greens), except for a dish or two (the machurian varieties), is more authentically chinese. This place is best described as "Indian-Singaporean mock meat veggie." Indian-Chinese is a whole different genre - will take you some other time.

clarifyingly yours, and hoping that you will also add in that pic here or later, of J stealing a research idea so it is recorded for posterity,

you-know-who

chian said...

sigh, i've failed you master. i shall resign my fate to just eating the next session haha...

Anonymous said...

aiyoh! dun liddat! you have outdone yourself lah - must be able to take a correction or two, without throwing in the roti and giving up and turning into a pure and uncivilized eater.

For a person who had never heard of or seen a dosai, that was a darn good description of most of what you ate :D