Food Review #198

Burger King’s The Shanghai Whopper has a never before combination of the signature Kung Pao Sauce and Crispy fried noodles for the authentic yin-yang flavors of Chinese cuisine. The mouth-watering Whopper continues to have the soft Sesame buns along with a flame-grilled patty made from 100% chicken for non-veg lovers. This unique burger is topped off with cheesy jalapeno sauce, onions, fresh tomatoes, crunchy lettuce and a slice of cheese

Food Review #197

Burgeria is a nice standalone burger joint (though they have a new outlet up somewhere, I will have to confirm). This is their Mushroom cheese burger – mushrooms, beef patty, cheese, tomato and lettuce. I had French Fries and a peanut butter smoothie on the side.

A Little Bit Of The Sinful Chocolate

Share your favorite recipe that includes chocolate.

I dunno, I usually just like chocolate as it is. I mean the chocolate bars with nuts, almonds or raisins and stuff in it but usually I like chocolate as it is. Chocolate ice cream and stuff is awesome. But I guess I would love to make a mixed milkshake with lots of chocolate in it. How about this – vanilla ice cream, fresh bananas (and I have a few types in mind), milk and lots of chocolate (bars or not).

How about fresh strawberry and vanilla ice cream, fresh bananas (and I have a few types in mind), milk and lots of chocolate (bars or not)? Hmmm I could see that happening. I also love melted chocolate on strawberries or some other berries and nuts. Hmmm yum yum. What about chocolate on cake and in cookies? And on brownies? Cold, cold chocolate ice cream on a hot chocolate fudge or a hot brownie? Oh boy, now I am craving some.

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McDonald’s India Has Some Dumb Menu Items

Went into McDonald’s (Vennala) this evening on the way back from work and saw that they had new stuff on the menu. Sweet! thought I. But nay….I was disappointed soon.

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The Cheesy Italiano Chicken – it is enough for Italy to declare war on India. A dry chicken patty with some melted mozzarella and what looks like Italian dry powdered herbs. Or McD’s stole some oregano and chilli flake packets from Dominos and powered them even further and put it on this patty with a couple of small pieces of onions. Voila – instant Italian classic…NOT!

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It was kinda bland and disappointing. Bun was multigrain or multiseasame or something stolen from Subway. It totally felt like something from Subway without all the options for toppings and sauces. This is part of McDonald’s India’s new “Flavours without Borders” menu – More like Borders without Flavours!! They describe the burger as – “juicy chicken patty, sprinkled with aromatic Italian herbs, layered with a rich and creamy onion-cheese sauce and shredded onions in a square toasted bun.” Seriously??? The preparation looks more like some guy in Bombay who was smoking some fine weed and coming up what he thought was “Italian”.

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They also had a new McFlurry – Phirni McFlurry a rice pudding dessert prepared to perfection with delicate flavours of rich condensed milk along with rice bits. It was ok but not as good as the others that they have!

The Earl Of Sandwich Should Be Proud

Sandwich Day! Share your best sandwich recipe.

Is there such a thing as the best sandwich? I dunno cause I have a lot of sandwiches that I like a lot. There is the ever popular club sandwich in various forms which suit almost every taste bud and belly. It is a double decker sandwich with usually a chicken salad, egg (in many forms like egg salad, fried egg or omelet), then tomatoes, onions, cucumbers (optional) and lettuce and plenty of mayo. Sometimes bacon. Which for me is mandatory!

Even a nice BLT would be fine! Lots of crispy and delicious hot bacon, lettuce and tomato with mayo. How about a fried chicken sandwich? What about a pulled pork sandwich? Oh my, i am feeling hungry now! But I would like to let you that I was a co-creator or atleast a bystander when an impressive sandwich was invented. My cousin Navin at the age of 10 or 11 came up with the cheese and tapioca chips sandwich which I dubbed the Navin sandwich after him.

And then there is the almost bizzare sandwich created by my other cousin Arun. A double decker sandwich – one layer is filled with spicy pickled prawn achaar and the other with jam. The jam was to cool down one’s tongue as the spicy prawn achaar was too hot!

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Movie Theatre Fuel

What three snacks do you always get at the movie theater?

What do you usually get? I always go for the classics – especially since last year (remember, I stopped going to movie theatres from 2005-2016). That’s popcorn and Coke/Pepsi. The popcorn options in Cinepolis and Lulu;s PVR are the same – classic salted, cheese and caramel. I love the flavoured kind so I usually go for either cheese or caramel.

Cinepolis (though they are closed at the moment due to building violations in the mall that they are located in) has a deal with Coke, so when I go there I get Coke. Lulu PVR has Pepsi so I usually get a Pepsi there. There are other soft drinks, cold frappes and coffees too but this what I usually get to drink there and I usually go with the medium size and once in a while I take large.

The third one is obviously candy. Chocolate balls or bars of any kind, though it has been ages since I have bought one in. I would also say that nachos are another option. They offer nachos with dips like salsa and others at these two multiplexes. There are sandwiches and other stuff as well.

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Food Review #191

The Chicken Maharaja Junior Mac – the single patty version of the Chicken Maharaja Mac – is nice flame grilled chicken patty with the usual sauces, jalepenos, cheese and onions. The chicken wings or McWings are pretty good too. Both are an 8 outta 10!

My Fav Pasta Recipe

Share your favorite pasta recipe.

American Chop Suey is an Indo Chinese dish which is available in many Chinese restaurants in India. We have no clue as to why this is called American Chopsuey – it isn’t the same as the dish with that name in the USA. But it is one of my fav dishes to eat. The combination of crispy noodles, beef, chicken and/or seafood with crunchy vegetables topped with sauce and egg makes it look and taste appetizing.

  1. Boil the noodles according to the package instructions or till the noodles is perfectly cooked. Do not overcook it.
  2. Make ‘bulls eye’ eggs – basically sunny-side-up.
  3. After draining the noodles, deep fry in oil little at a time till it becomes crispy. Remove on paper towels to remove excess oil.

For Making The Sauce

  1. Put a wok or stir fry pan on high heat. Add 1-2 tblsp of oil.
  2. Add the chicken strips to this and stir fry on high heat for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add beef strips and any seafood if you want to add them.
  4. Add the finely chopped garlic, ginger and sliced onions. Continue to fry till the chicken gets cooked.
  5. Now add all the veggies and stir fry on high heat so that all the vegetables should be cooked but still retain their crispiness.
  6. In the mean time, take the corn flour in a separate bowl and add the chicken stock to it little by little so that it gets mixed up without forming any lumps. Add the soy sauce, tomato ketchup, chilly sauce, salt and pepper to this.
  7. Add this mixture to the cooked veggies and let it cook for about 10 minutes till the sauce is reduced and thickened. Taste the sauce to check for seasonings.

To serve

  1. Place the fried noodles in a plate and crush it slightly with hands.
  2. Put some of the sauce with the veggies and meat on top of the noodles.
  3. Garnish with a bulls-eye egg (sunny side up) on top and serve hot. Top the noodles with the sauce just before serving to retain the crispiness of the noodles.

Delicious and filling and goes well with beer, vodka, rum and anything else.

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Make Them Eggactly As I Tell You To

Share your favorite recipe that includes eggs.

Hmmm, favourite recipe that includes eggs. For a guy who loves his eggs a simple way, like an omelet or bulls-eye/sunny side up, this can be hard.

So once in a while I like a spicy egg burgi or scrambled eggs (especially if it’s duck’s eggs) but I guess my favourite recipe for eggs could possibly be the beef omelet and French toasts. I love meat omelet and either ground beef or mutton would be great. Cook the minced or ground beef/mutton separately with spices and then make an omelet, keeping the minced meat stuffed inside. It’s great that way and perfect while drinking some vodka.

And ofcourse French toasts – who doesn’t love French toasts. Beat eggs in with some milk and salt – other ingredients also welcome – and then dunk your slices of bread in that mix. Then you cook them on a frying pan. Voila! You got French toast. Tasty as hell.

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New (For Me) Chips Brand

Have you guys tried these? This is a new brand for me; Kettle Studio gourmet chips. I bought them off Amazon.in and selected the Cheddar & Red Onion as well as the Sharp Jalapenos & Cream Cheese. Lighter and crispier than most brands I have had. The chips did get a bit crumbled in the trip to me but it was alright. The Jalapenos and Cream Cheese ones are really additive.

Lunch & Golden Dragon With Anil

After a long time I was meeting up with Anil for lunch this afternoon. He came up from Thrissur and we settled down in Golden Dragon for some beers and food.

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We had the honey glazed sesame pork and Dragon chicken among many others. Food was delicious as usual.

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We finished our meal by sharing soup and then went to get some gelato at Milanos.

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It’s been way too long since we last met and hopefully the gap will not be this long next time.

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Two old geezers taking a selfie outside the restaurant building.