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Apricot season in Ladakh

Apricot Season in Ladakh

Local vegetable seller during the apricot season at Main Bazaar Road

Leh town, Ladakh, India

Late Summer brings along the Apricot Season, cheap, plentiful, juicy and sweet organic apricots here in Leh.

I was globbling these wonderful apricots on a daily basis.

These taste even better than the ones I have tried in Australia and Europe.

Organically grown, pesticide-free apricots.

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Travel Food Recipe : Kick Ass Mushroom Soup

I love food but I don’t really like to cook, I prefer the eating part.

Travelling makes it a little more difficult to get that balance healthy diet and sometimes I am forced to cook, partly because the produce in the markets look too yummy not to, or to save tons of money on meals in those rather expensive cities.

While visiting pricey London, I fell in love with the gloriously stocked supermarkets where I found my favorite loves, mushrooms and cheese along with my other loves like smoked salmon and summer berries.

Here’s a rather quick recipe in making this amazing mushroom soup.

Recipe for Super Quick Mushroom Soup

1 Punnet of Portabello mushroom, washed, soaked in bowl of water for 5mins, then chopped into chunks

1 block of blue veined cheese (250g)

Microwave for 5-7mins.

This only works with microwave where the water soaked mushroom burst out allowing infusion of the mushroom juices and the cheese.

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Sku – a Ladakh noodle stew

Sku - Ladakh Noodle

September 2009

Thiksey Village, Leh, Ladakh, India

I got introduced to this traditional Ladakhi dish, ‘Sku’ while staying with a family in Thiksey Village.

Was wandering in the village and asking directions for a guesthouse when I was invited to stay with the family. At first I was hesitant when Stanzen, the man of house offered his place while taking his horse back to the household, but I was warmly welcomed by each member of the family, along with the two cute kids, Tsetan and Yangdol who helped carry my bag to the family living room where I stayed for a few days.  That’s Ladakhi hospitality for you, very open and friendly people.

Sku is made from local wheat flour (with unusual yellowish tone) and water and served with a vegetable broth. This hearty dish is something like a vegetarian pasta stew like gnocchi (potato pasta), a very simple dish that is helped by the incredibly sweet peas tomato and potato. All local vegetables harvested from the family’s various fields. These organic produce taste amazingly sweet and favor some.  While peeling the vegetables I was constantly popping these deliciously sweet raw peas.  I snacked on these constantly when I was in Leh, organic vegetables taste simply better than mass produce ones, if anyone doubt how organic vegetables taste better, they should come to Ladakh and eat these tasty vegetables raw!

Sku - Ladakh Noodle

Jigmat the lady of the house and Palmo, the sister in law who is currently a resident teacher at a Changtang village. She normally returns home during the weekend and cooks all her favorite dishes. Here we are sharing a cup of butter tea and while making Sku. As I didn’t eat red meat, Palmo decide to make Sku instead of cooking a mutton dish.

Sku - Ladakh Noodle

The dough is kneeled into cylinder then shaped into these little noodle by the thumb.  Palmo was teaching me how to shape the noodle. She does it in one swift skillful motion while my part of the Sku suffered with my clumsy unskillful hands.

Sku - Ladakh Noodle

The broth sauteed with diced tomato and onions before adding the other vegetables and further flavored by other spices like saffron. The Sku is boiled along with the potatos until soft.

Sku - Ladakh Noodle

This pasta stew is hearty and very healthy dish often eaten during the bitter cold winter months where temperature averages -20 to 30 degree celsius.  Sometimes the broth is made from mutton or beef bones along with dried vegetables that is harvested during summer.

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The only photo I took of Manali Himachal Pradesh

The only photo I took in Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India

September 2009
Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India

One of the few places in India that I don’t really enjoy being at. Tons of hippish types that normally travel in big packs, full of touts constantly harassing you, however there are still a few places I could hide out, although often, those irritating fake sadhus and musicians who keep disturbing you at your guesthouse every morning.

Decided to splurge a little one day and had an rather expensive meal that cost Rp350. Smoked river trout that Manali and Kullu is famous for.

Scored myself some nomadic himalayan cheese

Got some himalayan cheese (average 750g each) from Pahalgam, Kashmir. The company (Himalayan cheese company) claim to have collected the cow milk from nomads, highest quality grade milk with grass fed cows in high altitude highlands. Its unpasturised and made by the traditional method, by hand and the cheese is even transported by mules and horses. How environmentally friendly!

Bought young 2 month old gouda and a one year old gouda. The one year old gouda is amazingly matured and taste more like vintage chedar than a gouda. Interestingly not much fat content in the cheese but taste heavenly. I am addicted!

Well Pahalgam, Kashmir is Alpine paradise, the water streams from glaciers, there are actually trouts in the rivers and taste pretty yummy. Pretty great fruits and nuts. Yum

Young Himalayan Gouda Cheese 2 months old

Young Himalayan Gouda Cheese 2 months old

One year old Himalayan gouda cheese

One year old Himalayan gouda cheese

what a difference one year makes, the old cheese taste heavenly

what a difference one year makes, the old cheese taste heavenly

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More Food Porn at Pasha restaurant – Middle Eastern Food

Pasha restaurant London - Middle eastern food

The girls having yummy middle eastern food

28 July 2009

London, United Kingdom

Pasha Restaurant – South Kensington, Gloucester Road

It was M’s birthday and L living in London for more than a decade, suggested visiting this middle eastern restaurant, Pasha at South Kensington to celebrate.

The food was impressive and the deco was beautifully done, in between the meals, belly dancers appeared shaking to  music.

We were not meat eaters but this Moroccan Middle Eastern food had great vegetarian dishes I have come to love like Baba ghanoush, which is made from Aubergines, Tahini (roasted sesame paste), garlic. Normally I hate this vegetable dip because most restaurant and cafes do it horribly, but Pasha does it by smoking the Aubergines, lightly smoky and roasting the garlic so that you can taste the caramelised sweetness. The result, a velvety creamy dip that up to now, I am still craving for.

We had tons of food,  mostly the typica dishes likel Moussaka which is aubergines,tomato, chickpea, onions,  Tabbouleh,  Chicken Tagine and other dishes I had forgot to photograph because of my hungry eager to eat and enjoy instead of snapping. But did manage to remember taking a few quick snaps before the girls engulfed the dishes.

Pasha restaurant London - Middle eastern food

Creamy with smoky hints of Baba Ghanoush, Aubergine dip. Nicely done without the tasteless creamy  version that most other places serve.  This has made into one of my comfort food list!

Pasha restaurant London - Middle eastern food

Fattoush salad, Fresh bread platter and sumac spiced bread.

Pasha restaurant London - Middle eastern food

This is a miss, didn’t like it. Forgot what it was called.

Pasha restaurant London - Middle eastern food

Another miss, a middle eastern Samosa, Sambusak with feta cheese, the pastry wasn’t great with little bland fillings.

Pasha restaurant London - Middle eastern food

Grilled seafood with hint of spices, pretty well-done and tender, loved the prawns, sea bass and cod.

Pasha restaurant London - Middle eastern food

Stuffed almonds with juicy majdool dates and chocolate fondue. Am picky about middle eastern dates, and Majdool the king of dates simply pure creamy sugary goodness packed with tons of healthy minerals and vitamin B nutritional goodies. Ahhh..

Pasha restaurant London - Middle eastern food

Chocolate fondue that we all devoured quickly. Good food takes no prisoners!


M doing her belly dance, those belly dance courses did not go to waste.

Pasha restaurant london

Here’s a ‘traditional’ English Breakfast

What a new ‘modern’ version of a traditional English Breakfast look like these days.
Pretty stylish looking, and rather sparse. I was getting a few of them at the Bed and Breakfast pub places while touring around South of English

The British really love their pork products, bacon and sausages and blood pudding.

Don’t really fancy them, I am not a mammal eater, I don’t eat pork, beef, mutton or anything with four legs. I love my seafood, fish and poultry and tons of yummy vegetables, but don’t get me eating my favorite animals

But I didn’t miss out in snapping a few photos of it when I temporarily confiscated the dishes from my travel buddies.

Food in London
My vegetarian version of the English Breakfast – vegetarian fried sausage, eggs, hash potato and my favorite baked beans.  Everything tasted great when soaked with baked beans.. except that horrid deep fried ‘Vegie’  sausage.

Food in London
The semi traditional modern English Breakfast – blood pudding, bacon, eggs, sauteed mushroom but no baked beans! how shocking!

Food in London
The full English Breakfast minus the baked beans! When did they stop putting the beans in the breakfast and turn it modern! Tsk! Its not a English Breakfast without the baked beans along with the runny sunny side eggs! Where are the Food Nazis to set them ‘modern’ English cooks right! Damn you!

Food Glorious Food in the United Kingdom

This is a country of indulgence, its summer time and everywhere you see, gorgeous fruits and fresh produce all dressed up in beautiful colorful shop fronts. Everything seems so easy here, provided you have tons of those expensive British pounds. Consumerism is pricey!

You can get anything here… well anything and anywhere.. but just not anytime… The shops close early here, by 6pm or 7pm, some supermarkets like Tescos and Sainburys in some places open 24hours, but the restaurants close open.

Food has been a huge highlight on this trip, smoked fishes, smoked duck, preserves and fresh organic vegetable and fruit produce. Yummy

Here’s a whole lot of food shots for your entertainment.

Food in London - Harrods

The Famous Harrods Supermarket, beautifully presented food, photogenic decore

Food in London - Harrods

My favorite vegetables, bell peppers, artichokes, mini aubergines all dressed up so pretty.

Food in London - Harrods

French Artichoke Florettes according to the label.

Crispy duck and pancake in Chinatown London

In London Chinatown, crispy duck, so airy and crispy without being oily, I had this twice, once on our first day in London and on our last night in London!

Food in London

Food in London

Everything here is so nicely presented, even the ‘regular’ japanese takeaway

Food in London

I rekindled my deep love of the fresh salmon here and went all out eating as much raw and smoked salmon as I could.

Food in London

My favorite lunch meal, often craved in India, just a simple vegetable soup, fresh salad with artichokes and beans sprinkled generously with Parmasan cheese.

Food in London - smoked salmon and pate for lunch

My rather expensive lunch/dinner at Selfridges. Organically raised salmon, smoked in aromatic woods for the summer, with duck pate and organic red cabbage saukekraut, and what’s left of this rather delicious salt smoked swordfish in between the smoked salmon bits. The salmon had such well distributed fat content, the meat just simply melts in your mouth. Nearly forgot to take a shot of it.

Food in London
Amazing array of salads at the supermarket. I wonder what happens to them when it gets unsold. So much food wastage here, its so sinful!

Food in London
Smoked meats.. they sure love their beautifully aromatic wood smoked game meats here in Greenwich Market

Food in London

London – Summer Berries Galore!

Food in London

It was summer and berry season, I got a little wild and bought a few punnets of strawberries, blue berries and raspberries daily, munching an average of 4 punnets a day. We don’t get such fresh and cheap berries here in Asia!

Berries were everywhere and I got them from Marks & Spencers, Sainburys and my favorite organically inclined Watrose. I love these wonderful Supermarkets!

This was heaven!

London – A break from my India travels

August 2009

Visited London and South United Kingdom for around 3 weeks. Met up with my friends who were coming from Singapore. London has been a strange place after being in India for awhile. Quite shockingly rude and impatient Londoners although the British I met in the countryside , South UK  seem a lot nicer.

The food has been quite good, thoroughly enjoyed the summer berries from the supermarkets, Sainsburys, Waltrose, Tescos.  Spent most of my time going to the supermarkets and picking up my lunch and breakfast. The variety here is amazing, after travelling in developing countries where you don’t really get much variety, this is food junkie’s heaven. A whole heap of consumerism, rows and rows of fresh food and even more amazing rows of processed foods. All I can say is, UK should be priviledged of having such wide array in their rather large supermarkets that in Singapore or India we call these regular sized supermarkets, ‘Hypermarkets” instead of a regular supermarket.

Didn’t do much photography here, just mainly enjoyed being a typical tourist, eating and sightseeing and taking snapshots some touristy places, but I did go a little insane with all the food and took some photos of the dishes I had.

It was summer, with beautiful berry season under the way, I got a little wild and bought a few punnets of strawberries, blue berries and raspberries daily, munching an average of 4 punnets a day.  We don’t get such fresh and cheap berries here in Asia! This was heaven!

It was food glorious food!