I went to dinner at an Indian restaurant this evening. Was wonderful: Mulligatawny soup, naan, chicken curry, vegetable masala, lamb kebab, chicken tandoori, basmatti rice, some fruity desert, and a sweet lassi. First time at this particular restaurant, but not my first time with Indian cuisine.
I have regularly been warned that Indian food is spicier than most “Westerners” can handle – but in all my pride I asked for Hot, one step down from Extra Hot, the highest of the spice levels. The waiter looked at me like I was crazy, asking with his eyes, “Do you know what you are doing?” I’m glad I took the chance – the spice level was fine, even a little tame for me (maybe the waiter knocked it down thinking I couldn’t handle it…). Anyway, the food was great!
Is there a particular culture’s food you enjoy? Cuisine you find yourself looking for?