Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Street Cafe

Photo and graphics by Equalizer.


So I have traveled a lot, not to all the places that I would love to visit, but a good deal of them. I still don’t feel content. I feel there is a lot more that I want to see. I the world is small yet big. It is made small through the eyes of the media. If you want to see a place you can see it in the comfort of your home. Experiencing it is another issue. There are intangible things like culture, which no one can portray accurately. You have to be physically present to feel it, sense it, and experience it. Experiencing the food, for me is one of the most important things on my agenda. Food stalls have always enticed me to try the wonderful things on offer, but I rarely do, as are there legitimate health concerns from such places. The problem is that such food stalls serve very unique food items, only to be found there. All I can do is observe and try to emulate. Instead, for some of the dishes I will develop my own interpretation of the food.

  • Indonesian Chicken & Beef satay - on Sambal fried rice (Nasi Goreng)
  • Pad Thai Noodles - with shrimp, deep fried tofu, bean sprouts and crushed peanuts, garnished with cilantro.
  • Fritas - Cuban street mini burgers topped with potato sticks.
  • Pommes Frites - Fresh cut crispy twice-fried potatoes with crispy roasted onions and fresh mayonaise.
  • Pizzetta- Italian mini pizza topped with sundried tomato pesto, olive tapenade, and shredded asiago cheese.
  • Albondigas - Spanish meatballs cooked in a spicy tomato-red pepper sauce with saffron and slivered onions and served in a claypot.
  • Moqueca - A Brazilian fish stew. A speciallty of the African , Indian, and Portuguese influenced region of Bahia made with garlic, parsely, corriander, peppers, coconut milk and palm oil.
  • Shanghai Noodles - wok fried with black bean sauce, soy, ginger, garlic and green onions.
  • Japanese Tsukemono - Assorted Japanese pickles served with fried rice.
  • Morrocan Lamb Tagine - with prunes and served with a rustic Berber bread and a side of spicy harissa.
  • South Indian Dosai - Crispy wafer thin crepes filled with masala infused fried potatoes and spicy coconut chutney.
  • Chicago style Hot Dog - with chopped onion, relish, chopped tomato, mustard, and pickled peppers, with a side of fries.
  • Egyptian Koshari - Rice with lentils topped with macaroni and fried onions and topped with a tangy tomato sauce.
  • Apple Tarte Tatin - A French caramelized apple upside-down tart.
  • Lebanese Kanafa - Baked fine semolina with kashkaval cheese and topped with sweet syrup.
  • Bahraini Halwa - A jelly-like sweet made with sugar, saffron, cardamon, and a whole lot of exotic ingredients, best served warm. (The Omani version is darker and spicier)

26 Comments:

Blogger Corazon Dividido said...

E,

Maybe you can try the foods in a bigger restaurant that will have cleaner conditions. Also ask the locals where they eat, and what is the cleanest since they live there they know the go to spots.
I agree with you totally on that you must visit the country in PERSON. Television can't put smells or touch on tv, they can't put all the funny,sad,angry times that you incounter in a visit to another country, you have to go there and live it. Eating is one of the things that we must do to survive, but eating wonderfully tasteful concotions is what makes memories. From the spicy Mole in Mexico that made your tummy burn, to the cool Coconut curry in India that was sweet on your tongue, these dishes in various countries will help you remember your visit to that country later down the road. E,I hope you have lots more exotic trips planned with scrumptious meals to delight you!

8/24/2005 11:07:00 AM  
Blogger MissCosmoKuwait said...

did anybody tell you that I'm on a diet here!!! Loved reading about all those dishes...my favorites are the Lebanese Kanafa, the Bahraini 7alwa and finally the Chicago Hot Dog...and now...thanks to you...I'm starving!

8/24/2005 06:14:00 PM  
Blogger samanthaq8 said...

yummy:)

8/24/2005 07:38:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Corazon you are absolutely right. I am trying to experience the place through many aspects. As for more travelling that depends on my already hectic schedule :S but i'll manage to fix it in :)

Misscosmo hehe well the point here is present food in another way in the sense to tantalize the taste buds, so if you are on a diet, its sure gonna torture you :P but not my fault. hehe

8/24/2005 08:11:00 PM  
Blogger Fatso said...

very true, U never really know a place till u've been there. But with all that food .. don't u ever get .. well .. Fat?! :P

8/25/2005 05:36:00 AM  
Blogger Sheba said...

Nice shot. Very artsy. However, i hate the interlock tiles on the floor :s

Oh & i will come back again to read :p

8/25/2005 12:18:00 PM  
Blogger ray said...

:)

8/27/2005 01:56:00 AM  
Blogger samboose said...

I'm totally facinated by your depiction of food!!! Do you cook or do you just enjoy food?!?

8/27/2005 08:22:00 AM  
Blogger Corazon Dividido said...

E,
Would you ever try some of the more "unique" cuisine such as Chocolate covered bugs? Or does your palate only enjoy the finer foods in life?

8/27/2005 10:02:00 AM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Fatso : hehe you have a genuine concern and a very good question...I got fat yes...but I'm not at the moment. :p

Sheba: I like your sharp eye for details hehe Yeah the interlock tiles kinda ruins it :S

Samboose: I do both :) and everything in between :p

Corazon: I do tend to be adventurous at times, and I came across chocolate covered bugs, I might try it, but I dont think I will enjoy it :) I do however eat snails, which does qualify as a bug.

8/27/2005 02:34:00 PM  
Blogger Mona said...

Cool blog, will be checking in more frequently!

8/28/2005 02:26:00 AM  
Blogger samboose said...

That's so cool!!! i'm big on cooking and baking. My dream if I ever get a chamce to go back to school for pleasure is to become a Chef.

I'd love to open up a cafe that I get to wake up at 5am and bakes muffins and breakfast rolls.... It's too bad people people here appreciate it.

8/28/2005 08:18:00 AM  
Blogger kuwaitigirl said...

equalizer: like the way your blog has evolved;)
samboose: yalla let's do it..you bake the muffins..i'll make the tiramisu...at least, i won't have to wake up early for that..just make it the night before and stick it in the fridge..;)

8/28/2005 09:50:00 AM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Mona Li: Welcome to my blog :)

Samboose: Wow, I love those bakery ideas. My problem is that the bakeries here in Kuwait do not give you that cozy rustic yet cosmopolitan feeling. I love the idea of a muffin bakery! I could imgaine clab brick walls, rustic wooden floors, chalkboard signs and just a few sofa chairs for those who want to enjoy them on th spot! Mmmmm If you are serious about it then I can help :p

Kuwaitigirl: welcome back its been a while! Hope you are ok :)

8/28/2005 10:21:00 AM  
Blogger samboose said...

Equalizer, I am totally serious!!!
checkout the first two links on my blog. I've moved one step. Let me know your thoughts & Ideas.
Oh and the bake list isn't updates. There are so many new additions!

8/28/2005 11:18:00 AM  
Blogger samboose said...

Oh sorry KuwaitiGirl didn't see your comment. I'm all for it you guys....if you really want to just let me know!!!

8/28/2005 11:19:00 AM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Samboose: Wow you have a good headstart. What you need is a complete re-assessment of the concept you have in mind with target markets and everything in mind. Upscale, midscale, downscale etc. Seriously what you should focus on is a muffin bakery with like 20 varieties or more. I can think of Dulce de leche (latin american caramel) muffin dusted with cinnamon and icing sugar, Raspberry white chocolate muffin, Oatmeal and honey muffin, Choclate fondant muffin, Gir9 3gailee muffin, strawberry cheesecake muffin and whole lot more. This gives you immediate recognition as the authority on muffins, and opens door for catering to coffee shops like starbucks etc. That doesnt mean that you cannot do more stuff, but out of evperience, specialization sells!

8/28/2005 11:59:00 AM  
Blogger Clare Eats said...

I have some indonesian recipes if you would like, there is already a really good recipe for sambal prawns on eatstuff :)

Just send me an email ;)

8/28/2005 12:24:00 PM  
Blogger Flamingoliya said...

yepeeee!! your old grandma is so happy to be able to read! :p

8/28/2005 12:28:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

clare eats: I will definitly love to have a recipe collection and more indonesian stuff :)

Flamingolya: I guess you are the one that sparked all the changes here! hehe Thanks :)

8/28/2005 12:46:00 PM  
Blogger samboose said...

HMMMMM...... So much to plan for !!! Check e-mail;)

8/28/2005 01:11:00 PM  
Blogger kuwaitigirl said...

equalizer: shnoo hatha! amazing!...are you taken?...i appreciate a guy with healthy taste buds and can cook!


samboose, come on girl...what're you waiting for...please i need a diversion from my lonely state of mind...

8/28/2005 04:32:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Kuwaiti girl LOOOL what is amazing all of a sudden? and the answer is no I'm not :S



Yet :p

8/28/2005 06:35:00 PM  
Blogger kuwaitigirl said...

what's amazing is how much you know about food...the ultimate connoisseur..;)

8/28/2005 11:19:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Kuwaitigirl thanks for the compliment, but I still have a long way to go. With passion every road becomes short. :)

8/29/2005 12:56:00 AM  
Blogger samboose said...

Kuwaitigirl, Diversion ha...Seek and you shall find!! if there's one thing i've learned it's if you feel it happening in your heart then it will happen in reality. Take a LOT of work but it'll happen. It has to happen. It must happen. That's what I keep telling myself everyday!!!
Vison & Passion is power!

8/29/2005 09:38:00 AM  

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