FOOD, Restaurants

Kimchi & Udupi? #FlavoursomeTuesday

Well, it’s that time of the month ( the first Tuesday) when Shilpa of Metanoia and I host a linky party.

Ever since I shifted my blog host to SiteGround, I have been having serious problems with my blog. Some posts don’t show, some posts are lost and some comments don’t show either. But I’m still hoping that this post somehow shows up and the Linky Party is a success.

Most people think Korean food is Kimchi – that sweet and sour appetiser served in Chinese restaurants these days. But like all cuisines, there’s more to Korean food than just Kimchi.

Driving through the erstwhile mill district of Mumbai las month, I was suprised to pass a SUNMOON restaurant at Dainik Shivner Road, just  off Dr. E Moses Road.  On top of it was a sign that said Shree Krishna Hotel.

I did a double take. Was I seeing right? 

What was Kimchi doing with Udupi? 

Well, I soon found out last week, when five of us school friends gathered at D’s house for lunch

When I posted the picture of the restaurant on my Instagram account, D responded very promptly that it was right outside her house. And since her Korean daughter-in-law had vetted it, I was quite tempted to try it out.

Unfortunately this eatery is a real hole-in-the-wall and prefers you do a takeaway through Zomato. In fact this option is very popular with its patrons, several of whom are the Korean ex-pats living or working  in this area.

The brainchild of a Korean lady, the restaurant is managed by a trained Indian chef.

So it was one not so wet August afternoon that we got together at D’s house and settled down to a leisurely afternoon of lunch and gossip. 

Since none of us were driving, we downed a bottle of Hardy’s demi-sec with lavash and a yummy Wingreen’s dip. Since Zomato wasn’t doing the deliveries that day and the restaurant was short staffed, we had quite a long wait. But it didn’t matter as we had plenty to talk about. We also kept the tummy monsters at bay with some delectable home made patrel. 

And when the lunch came, we pounced on it like greedy women. 

Our Korean meal of pancakes, chicken and bulgogi

Since the restaurant was shortstaffed, the cook cum delivery boy made a mistake and it was a while before he got the rest of the order which was bibimbap. The chicken option was better than the vegetarian one, but by far the best was the chicken bulgogi. 

We were meeting after months and the conversation flowed as smoothly as the wine. Before we knew it, we all had to go for our various meetings but we were happy that we had met over Korean especially since we discovered that D’s Korean daughter-in-law had delivered a baby girl, just as our meal came to an end. 

Wasn’t that a happy coincidence? 


What is #FlavoursomeTuesdays?

Well, #FlavoursomeTuesdays is a Linky party hosted by Shilpa of Metanoia and myself. 

What you have to do is post a picture, share a recipe or talk about some happy times over food. 

Leave your links in the comments below.

 

Cheers and Happy eating.

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Author: Bellybytes

Proud Mumbai gal who always sees the humour in life. The mum who made banana fritters when all the other mums made cupcakes.

8 Comments on “Kimchi & Udupi? #FlavoursomeTuesday

  1. Wow! I have never heard the names of these dishes you mentioned, Sunita! 😛 Maybe, just maybe, I might try it out someday, but only the veg stuff, or the chicken.
    Glad to know you had a lovely time with your friends! <3
    I do hope your blog issues get sorted out soon now, Sunita, It’s been quite a long time since you have been suffering these techno woes!

  2. Ah, what we in the United States call fusion food? It’s very common in the New York City area to have chefs from one ethnic tradition cooking in another, and sometimes combining the two, as you probably know. Even here, upstate, we have a popular Greek diner run by an Egyptian gentleman. As for Korean cuisine, I’ve had it a couple of times – I find it spicy for my palate but my husband can enjoy it. Glad for the happy conclusion of your meal .

    1. Sorry for this late reply but your comment got lost in my spam folder and I had to retrieve it . I’m glad you commented! All ethnic specialty cuisines in India have Indian chefs – and what we consider fusion food is a mixing to two different culinary traditions e.g using Indian spices like cumin for making Italian! This is bizarre but in India we have a whole range of cuisine that is Indianised. You get food that is so different from the original that you may as well call it re-invented Indian food !

  3. A happy coincidence for sure Sunita! The Korean treat sure will be etched in every one’s mind for reasons as different as the spread of the dishes and the drink you all had. Bonding over food and that too with friends is a special treat in itself.
    And before I leave, congratulations on new home for your blog Sunita. I am sure, with more usage, the wrinkles (technical issues) will be ironed out soon! Happy blogging to you…

  4. Korean used to be a personal favourite when we lived in Manila. And we managed to get hold of some real authentic stuff there. Been a while I tried one out in NCR. The one I did last time did not meet up to my expectations.

    But this is sounds fascinating, Udupi and Koran mish-mash. Ha ha!

    Finally managed to link up wth Shilpa and you this month. Phew!!!
    And yes congrats on the landmark blogiversary!
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    1. Thanks Natasha for joining up . I do hope we can continue to host this party every month and grow the party .
      BTW it’s not Korean+Udupi . It is actually an Udupi converted to Korean. And if you come to Mumbai, pop in and I’ll treat you to Bibimbap

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