Friday, May 27, 2016

Calorie Bomb!

Calorie Bomb!

Japanese people are fond of food of varieties of dishes. 7-12-7 are their breakfast, lunch and dinner times. They generally eat boiled food. The consumption of oil, salt and red chilli is less compared to us. They generally cook at home and once in a month dine out with family.

The Japanese cuisine includes varieties of rice, noodles, potato, soya, fish and beef dishes. Shrimp Tempura and vegetable tempura (like indian pakora/bhajia) are very popular. They mostly swallow the food, chew less. Their speed of eating is good. In one meal, they easily consume 2-3 beer/head. The restaurant display the food dishes through the glass cabinet so that the customers can see and select as per their power of pocket. 2000 yen is good enough to have a good Japanese meal with a beer/drink.

The new generation has moved to the western style of food of ham, bacon, bread, etc, but they enjoy Indian food too. Butter chicken and tandoori chicken are very popular.

Welcoming guest is a human culture. Guest are equalised with God in many countries. Japanese also welcome guest with warmth of heart and love.

A group of Japanese friends took us to dinner at Indian Restaurant Ashoka, in Osaka. It is owned by a Punjabi Indian, where the punjabi cook and a Brahmin couple from Delhi (origin of Garwal, Uttarakhand) were working. The couple is coming to India for 3 months but the man was feeling sad to leave Japan for 3 months. He was so overwhelmed that he described the Japanese people the best people of the world. The restaurant was full with Japanese and Indian guests.

We have been served Punjabi food: Dal, Bhindi masala, aloo-gobi, mixed vegetables, salads, butter nan. The nan was made like a squash racket. All of us enjoyed the taste of India. They ate with hand copying our style and enjoyed the Dal and the Nan more. They tried to cut the nan with right hand like us but couldn't succeed. When they saw the cook making nan through tandoor, they felt thrilled. We requested them to try butter chicken and tandoori chicken, the most popular dishes amongst the Japanese, but they opted for the vegetarian taste of the guests.

One thing we have noticed that they don't waste a grain of the food. Their plats were clean when we finished our dinner.

For dessert Kulfi, Gulab jamun and Gajar halwa were available. But when we explained the details of the sweet dishes; one of them identified Gulab jamun, he had tried once. He called it the Calorie Bomb of India. With choice of all we preferred all time favourite Kulfi to the Calorie Bomb.

I like the name for Gulab Jamun, the Calorie Bomb of India.

Do you?

Punamchand
27 May 2006

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