23 March 2007

Melaka A Gourmet Paradise - Indian Food

When one tries to conjure the image of Indian food, the images of fragrant curries and spices keep popping into one’s head. Once acquiring a taste for the food, you end up looking for more. There is no way out. Whenever you smell the aroma of pungent and tantalizing curry, somehow it has the power to lure you to a nearby Indian restaurant of your choice. It is folly to resist the sultry power of spices.

You will be captivated by the combination of the various spices that is served to enchance the flavour of the dishes. It is widely acknowledged that the South Indian food is more popular here, maybe because they were around much earlier than their northern counterparts. In Melaka, if you have the urge to sample the galore of this food, venture to areas around Jalan Temenggong, Jalan Bendahara and Taman Melaka Raya. Anyway, any restaurants you go, the menu is almost the same except maybe of one or two specialties.

The signature of the foods in Melaka, however, must be the banana leaves rice, steamed white or briyani rice served with vegetables, papadums, pickles and curries on fresh banana leaves. The rice smells heavenly and taste more delicious when serves on banana leaves. Add to this delight is that you have to eat your meal with fingers. Such adds to a greater eating experience. Moreover this is the place where gluttonous appetites reign as most shops allow their patrons to have as much rice as they wish, which is a perfect heaven for big eaters.

Indian-Muslim or the mamak dish is another local favourite. Popular dishes include nasi briyani, khurma, tandoori chicken, mee goreng (fried noodles), rojak, fish head curry, murtabak (pancake laced with minced beef or chicken mixed eggs packed in it) and roti canai.

Roti canai, which literally means kneaded-bread, is another all-time breakfast favourite. It is made from wheat-flour dough mixed with with gee and butter, kneaded and flattened into a paper-thin sheet of spread, folded and shaped into a pancake and sautéed to a light brown flat bread. Sometimes beaten egg or sardines and diced onions are added to provide more varieties and taste to the pancake bread. Mashed banana added within the layers of the folds are also among the variations of treat to the roti. Roti canai is served hot with curry or dhal.

But don’t miss out on the the tarik. The tarik is everybody’s favourite in the country which now becomes a national drink. A lot of people must agree that a good the indeed tastes better than those designer coffee brands and most importantly, a glass of the tarik it is definitely cheaper than a mug of mocha latte.

p/s Travel to Melaka and yum..yum..yum..

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