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Middle Eastern Cuisine

Postby hungrybear » Sat Oct 14, 2006 2:57 am

Okay, this is my first attempt so please bear with me.
In compliance to Makancamera's request, I shall try my best to take as many photos as possible when permission is granted and to introduce some of the dishes from and around this region.

For starters, last evening, my Qatari neighbour with an Iranian husband invited me over for dinner since HBH was out of town.
I donch really know the correct names at this juncture but shall
edit this post after in consultation with her.

I thoroughly enjoyed the companies, the meal and the very lay back way at how dinner was served.

A very simple plastic was laid on the carpet and we sat on the floor to eat. The plastic is akin to those back home when after eating, the sheet is wrapped up and disposed of.

Nothing posh but very down to earth, kampong kind of spirit and I enjoyed the gaiety of it all.
Since this is a muslim household, no alchohol is allowed.

Iranian Salad, comprises of cucumber, yoghurt, walnut, raisins and crushed mint.
Very soothing and refreshing.
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Iranian Mince Lamb rice. The crust is the most sought after part at par with our claypot rice. I like the overall texture and taste. As you swallow, at the back of the throat, different senses come alive, most prominently is fresh ginger.
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Iranian bread, chewy texture, good enuf to eat on its own. Very similar
to Indian Nan bread.

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Famous Iranian sweet. Have not tasted any. A gift for us from their recent trip to Tehran.
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Postby makancamera » Sat Oct 14, 2006 7:41 am

great.
the iranian salad looks good for health.
wonder where i an eat it in singapore. not sure if we have iranian eatery here.

maybe i can print a photo and ask say, a lebanon or turkish restaurant "can you cook this"

i like lamb rice too.
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Postby lol » Sat Oct 14, 2006 8:44 am

makancamera, there are a few persian restaurants around, so they should serve these foods? I know there's one at Mohammad Sultan area, u cld go try :).

The last sweet looks a little like nougat!.
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Postby ieat » Sat Oct 14, 2006 6:04 pm

Well done Aunty. I bear with you long long no problem!
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Postby hungrybear » Tue Oct 17, 2006 5:37 am

lol wrote: The last sweet looks a little like nougat!.

Yes it is and the box is still sitting on the table yet to try.

Ieat, kum xia kum xia :lol:
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Postby hungrybear » Tue Oct 17, 2006 6:02 am

Boi Boi, this is for you. Feast with your eyes...
Indian salad
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Most juicy and spicy Lamb korta and tandoori chicken
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Pakistani lamb curry, best lamb curry I have ever tasted.
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Chicken curry
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Close up of Iranian saffron rice
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Overview of saffron rice, see the crust?
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Had mango cheese cake for dessert and thereafter went out for Belgium chocolate waffle but Ah Ma gave it a missed.
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The man was sweet, turn on the fountain for Ah Ma to take a different picture from another angle even though Ah Ma didn't have any waffles.
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Postby makancamera » Tue Oct 17, 2006 11:17 pm

hungrybear
keep those food photos coming.

I really like the saffron rice.
I guess it is the REAL thing and not like locally, just yellow colouring.
Locally some food stalls call it nasi kuning.

I saw saffron being sold at Mustaffa.
Rice cooked with saffron must be fragrant.
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Saffron

Postby superfinefeline » Tue Oct 17, 2006 11:59 pm

yep, Saffron really imparts a most unique aroma & flavour to food.

My favourite Risotto at Bice before they decided to wind up was Saffron & Wild Mushroom Risotto...simply divine! Saffron is one of those things that makes me go gaga. :P

Saffron is also used in Paella...another really yummylicious rice dish!

Recipes for Biryani also call for saffron (soak some saffron threads in a lil milk to extract the fragrance & flavour).

If you decide to buy some, do buy saffron threads instead of powdered saffron, as the flavour tends to be more intense & it stays fragrant for much longer.

BTW, Nasi Kuning is traditionally made with Turmeric hence the colour & fragrance.
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Postby ieat » Wed Oct 18, 2006 12:27 am

Aunty, I just got back from the makan session and you are making me hungry already!

Why don't you start a hungrybear blog to post all your pics?

www.blogger.com

very easy to start and you get to keep all your wonderful pictures in one place
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Postby bobafett81 » Wed Oct 18, 2006 3:54 pm

Ah Bu, with all the feasting, any chance your weight will ballon in 1 week's time? :lol:

Ah Bu, does the Lamb Korta taste like mutton satay?
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Postby kawai » Thu Oct 19, 2006 9:55 pm

careful auntie bear.... middle east food thou taste good is super fattening.... i stayed with someone from Quarta, Egypt and Oman before.... if you see how much oil cheese and butter they use u will be scared.... and the flatmate from Quarta use detergent to wash her chicken..... :o
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Postby eslim » Fri Oct 20, 2006 1:06 am

Hungrybear is not afraid to eat anything yummy! :D
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Postby hungrybear » Fri Oct 20, 2006 5:55 am

:D yummy and donch talk with your mouth full :D
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Postby hungrybear » Fri Oct 20, 2006 6:04 am

makancamera wrote: I really like the saffron rice.
I guess it is the REAL thing and not like locally, just yellow colouring.
Locally some food stalls call it nasi kuning.


It's the real stuff cooked by our neighbour.
The rice was delicous and HBH had extra helpings which was
most unusual but delightful to watch.
They oso gave us a packet of Iranian saffron.

Spoke to her pertaining to the recipes for the lamb rice too
but she is having problems explaining. I do not wish to
rush her. My apology for the delay.

I took fotos of both the spanish saffron (hand carried from Spain)
and oso the gift from our neighbours but hor, too lazy to go downstairs
for my camera now. Shall post later.
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Postby hungrybear » Fri Oct 20, 2006 6:06 am

ieat wrote:Why don't you start a hungrybear blog to post all your pics?

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very easy to start and you get to keep all your wonderful pictures in one place

Thanks for the suggestion.
Dat's food for thought. :lol:
Shall consider it.
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