Chandigarh. The capital of the northern states of Punjab and Haryana. Ohlalala! Another travelling feather on my travelling hat. Of course, I was all fired up and down for "Here I am Coming For You Darling" Chandigarh. Nevertheless, in the midst of the approximately 6 hours journey from Manali, the unexpected became the expected, because tour members, one after another had fallen ill. Most probably, for reasons only they know best? If by chance you are asking me why, let me spill their ugly eating truth. Hate me now if you want to, yet, I believe it was due to constantly pigging at hotel buffet breakfast, also, at the late hours complimentary dinner meals in hotels too. Oh-well. the sly me who have been slyly watching them from the corners of my eyes. Doink!!
By the way, these "Eating Heroes" are the ones who have been loudly blowing their trumpets to the number of places they have travelled, let one in India. Sadly though, their sense and sensibility didn't knock common sense to - when you are constantly journeying up and down, via the high and low notes of the valleys and mountains, which causes jerking and bouncing? Food in tummy will obviously bounce up and down, plus, you can't avoid muscle soreness and nausea.
These supposedly "Guinness World Record" holders in travelling, suffice to say, were treated at the doctors. Whereas, the rest of us idling our time at the roadside. Honestly, I was agitated. Ahhh! Then again, logically, sympathy is expected out of you, when you are in a tour alongside the "Plus Size" older generation. Now, due to the "doctor, doctor, please treat me" situation, there were no stops in between. Thank god, since it was this part of India's nature zone, nature kept unfolding on both sides of the road. Between all the nature sceneries, Beas River captivated my soul the most. Running at its comfort through the northern states of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab, and already marking its presence as easternmost border of Alexander the Great's conquests in 326 BCE. Rising at an elevation of 4,361 meters, Beas River's origin can be tracked back to Beas Kund. Stunning! Emerald green water, against the backdrop of mountains and valleys backdrop, My-My! I couldn't let go. I kept looking at Bea River till as far as my eyesight could behold.
Now, punctuality to lunching on this day? Without a doubt, a sincere blessing. Unlike the previous days, by 12.30pm, we were already seated in Beas View Guest House & Bhojnalaya. Still, not 100% blessings, because? Vegetarian again. Oh-Dear! Really, I just can't understand why, when its India, it must be vegetarianism all rounder. Beats me too why Malaysian Indians will always settle for India's vegetarian meals. What, they don't trust India's non-vegetarianism, or cheaper to their pockets? Anyway, in this packed to the rim, crowded, back to back seating dining area, we ordered Ghee Dosa, Vegetarian Thali set, Vegetarian Fried Rice and Gulab Jamun for the five of us. Food verdict? Taste-wise, acceptable, but variety-wise, over and over the same items, again and again, similar to the rest of the meals we have had till this far.
Now, in the midst of journeying again after lunch, the ruffling to health again. Back to square one. To the doctors again, whereas the rest of us, ding-dong-bell, and, by the time we checked into Hotel Swan? Night has fallen. I skipped hotel dinner, and without wasting much time, I headed to my room, which luckily didn't ruffle me further, neither bashed up my happy hormones. Cleanliness at the heart of it all, my room was truly a comfort zone. Yippie-Yeh!
Sodhi. Coconut milk infused and laced ( Shrimp Coconut Milk ) Indian coconut stew. In fact, sodhi is the branching of Masak Lemak ( Vegetarian Malay Spinach Coconut Stew ), or vice-versa or whichever. Sodhi is definitely a popularity amongst the Indians and without a doubt, in my house as well. Sodhi is usually drenched over rice, and eaten alongside side dishes. Trust me, nothing like sodhi soaking or flooding up your rice and then, using your hands for mushy-mushy diving inside eating style. Sodhi. Like, every once a week in my house. In other words, a regularity and it is a dish that can be put up effortlessly. Needless to say, easy cooking and mind you, there are other variances of sodhi too, which I have already shared before ( Malu Kirata , Kiri Hodi , Prawn Sodhi & Cabbage Sodhi ). This latest sodhi? Basically, the humble, basic simplicity, but why a Malaysian Sodhi? Well, Cooked by this “The Crazy Lover” who is a typical, true and true Malaysian, and cooked in her, most o
Look at this earthen pot and in it thick, salty, spicy and vibrantly exciting to our palates and eyes Mochakottai Karuvadu Kulumbu (Field Beans Salted Fish Curry). Like immediately can trigger our hunger throne right? I know. I am definitely a big fan of this Indian style salted fish curry and salted fish on the whole by itself ( Spicy Ikan Bilis Potato , Sambal Tumis Ikan Bilis & Sambal Kentang Ikan Asin ), can drive me crazy because I so love saltiness. In fact, every day can be a salted fish meal day for me ( Salted Fish Pickle , Bean Sprouts Salted Fish & Steamed Pork Salted Fish ). But, I think we all know it? Too much of saltiness and salt can ruin our health? Of course. Then again, there is such a thing as every now and then saltiness as our best friend? How do make this salted fish curry? Nothing much, no major confusing cooking matter ( Salted Fish Bone Curry ). My recipes as always will never cause you to struggle in the kitchen. Ingredients listed below
By the third day, Iphone 7 started showing its dark side. Really a terrifying-horrible shocking discovery, it kept rebooting every now and then for no apparent reason. Obviously, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Duh! Its a brand new phone I paid from my savings ( Da De Bak Kut Teh Subang Jaya ), never ever have I encountered such a problem with my previous faithfully yours 6 year old Iphone 5. Absolutely heart wracking, I really couldn’t find the time ( Karaikudi Chicken Curry & Fikcles Cafe Taman Tun ) to rush to the service centre amidst the busyness of getting ready for the family wedding and another travel venture ( Oats Fried Prawn s ). Keeping my fingers crossed, hoping it’s just a minor teething problem, I went ahead with shopping nearby Plaza Shah Alam and Plaza Masalam. Accompanied by my niece, we bought a couple of things and then of course, naturally, shopping is more or less regarded as synonymous with hunger throne.
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