Food, all types of food, always fascinates me. The colour, the ingredients, the way it is cooked really intrigues me. On top of that, food is powerful enough to bring people together and deepens friendship. When other businesses suffer during recession, food business is the least affected.
Every country has so many different cuisines that it’s not possible to taste all but it is possible to try and appreciate some of them. I have tried quite a number of them, some are awesome but some are not. It’s not because they are not good but just that I have not acquired the taste.
I still remember the first time when I ate paratha or roti canai, an Indian bread. I really didn’t like it but after a few times trying, I came to like it so much that I ate it for breakfast almost everyday! I also didn’t like kimchi in the first place when I first ate it in South Korea but soon grew to like it very much especially after my Korean friends taught me how to eat that with instant Korean noodles. Oh……that’s the best….so awesome…..a great way to eat it!!
Recently I made a trip to Westfield, a huge shopping centre in West London. The food court on the first floor was so packed with people. There were many food stalls there. I was particularly attracted to Vietnamese, Japanese, Lebanese, African, Chinese and Mexican food. The food there must be fantastic as there were so many people queuing up whereas there were not many people in other stalls. The way they prepare the food was absolutely interesting. It was greatly inspiring to me.
We decided to go for Vietnamese food because it has the longest queue, and also Chinese food. For the Vietnamese dish, we ordered Bun Chay Hue, a spicy tofu mushroom rice noodle soup, and Bun Tom Hue, a spicy tiger prawn noodle soup. The taste is very good, not too overpowering and not too spicy. It is a little sour which we like very much. The herbs that go with it make the taste special and delicious. The only thing is the soup in both dishes taste the same and the noodles used were the same. So the only difference is the other ingredients used. The other thing that fascinated me was the big scoop to drink the soup. I have never used such a big scoop to drink soup before!
For the Chinese dish, we ordered roasted meat steamed dumplings and a clay pot rice with pork ribs cooked in black bean sauce. The dumplings were excellent, both in texture and filling. The clay pot rice is just average to me. But we were so hungry that everything seemed very nice. I wish I could try more of other food but regrettably limited by my stomach size.
That was such a satisfying meal before we head off for more shopping. That meal made me want to learn to cook Vietnamese and the Chinese steamed dumplings. I just have to keep learning, keep cooking and to keep smiling even if the food don’t come out well.
Do you like Vietnamese and Chinese food? What are your favourite dishes? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.
Quote of the day…..
‘If you want to reach a goal, you must “see the reaching” in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal.’