Thursday, September 13, 2012

Kalkatte ka Rajbhog khilaunga, Delhi Ka Sohn Halwa, Mathura ka Peda aur Banaras ka Kalakand.

...and Mamagoto ka Chiang Mai Train Station Noodles

 Khao Beta!

If you have visited the About Me section in Golkamra's side bar you would have noticed my promising to write for food,  promising to write brilliantly if it is yum cha. Well for a meal at Mamagoto and a bite of their excellent Snow Peas and Green Bean Salad I would just sell my family silver 

Or divulge all the deep, dark, secrets you save until Year Eight.


The night before the submission deadline I busied myself posting cheesy updates like 

At the stroke of midnight hour,when the world sleeps,India will awake to the prospect of a free lunch at Mamagoto courtesy 

And I won!

And the universe conspired (just as Shahrukh Khan promised in Om Shanti Om) and Coelho on some coffee mug somewhere, so that it was held on a date Baba was around to babysit Arhaan and I was in town and not a-travelling.

For dear reader, Mamagoto does serious good food.  South-East Asian food to be precise.  But considering I balk at classifications such as "Women Writers" "South Asians Writing in English" and head-meets-wall "Muslim Writers" (as someone once said there is either good writing or bad writing what is this Asian writing?) I would say if you are in the mood of a nice, cheerful place with good food and wait staff who will help you choose when you are stuck for choices ...
go to Mamagoto , go directly to Mamagoto, do not pass go, do not collect 200 (actually yes collect 200 or 2000..and order the Rock Shrimp Tempura )

In another life if someone had asked me for a Thai recipe, or where one could get the best Thai food in town (long time readers know of my history with the Thai-desh) I would suggest a recipe along the lines of

1) Take one or two passports
2) Thai visa according to taste...or as you say in this town swaad anusaar
3) Top it with a flight to Khon Kaen for Isaan food, or Chiang Mai for the best sticky rice or Southern Thailand for Poo Pad Pong Karee (Fried crab meat with yellow curry)

But now I would just say please participate in blog contests ...for as I have told Yashodhara and HarperCollins India, we all knew that good writing or bad  would deliver us our just deserts, but itna sweet desserts? Who Knew?




You should, in fact you must 
go to one of the Mamagoto restaurants in Khan Market, Gurgaon and Vasant Kunj 

Visit their Facebook page for more about them? 6,461 likes and counting cant be wrong.


Now for the reference in the post.

Here are Amol Palekar and Utpal Dutt telling you how it is done. Shobha Khote too.
References to food, terrific actors, and seriously good lines. What is not to like?




4 comments:

  1. One of my all time favourite movies!!!!!!!
    A totally delectable post:)

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  2. Delhi's changed so much in the ten years that it has just been a permanent address on my passport but not my place of stay. I so wish I could spend a month or so just exploring all the old favourites and hot new haunts.

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  3. Delhi's changed so much in the ten years that it has just been a permanent address on my passport but not my place of stay. I so wish I could spend a month or so just exploring all the old favourites and hot new haunts.

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  4. Aneeeelaaaaaaaaaaa! What did you win??? The link isn't working!

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