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Musical Cook

The dish - Kothu Parotta
Ingredients - Roti canai (Malaysian’s version of Indian flatbread), chicken, mixture of vegetables, eggs, and heaps of Indian spices.
The musician aka cook - Suthakar
Little India is the liveliest area in Penang with music playing from even the most unsuspecting places.  We sat down at a street table at Sri Ananda Bahwan restaurant and ordered Kothu Parotta, a delicious South Indian dish.  In front of us, the smiley cook from India threw the myriad of ingredients on the sizzling grill, mixing them together with a small spatula.  Then he reached down under the grill and pulled out two, intimidating, heavy iron spatulas.  His smile grew as he chopped away at the concoction, iron clanking on the grill, forming into a song.  We moved along with the music, getting hungrier with each note.  When the ingredients were cooked and musically chopped, we anxiously watched as the steaming plate was delivered to our table.  With the song still ringing in our ears, we gorged the spicy dish down, taking the occasional breath and giving a thumbs up to the musical cook.

6 comments:

Christina Schweighofer said...

Reese,

Flying back to the US last week I was thinking of you. Lufthansa's inflight magazine had an article on Malaysia ("sun, sand, luxury, plenty to do for adventurous types...") which included a paragraph on Penang. It reminded me that my family needs to schedule a trip.

debi said...

Reese,

I love the music video!

My son and I ate Indian food in Austin this weekend. We had malai kofta (A dish for special occassions, Malai Kofta is the vegetarian alternative to meatballs. It goes very well with naans (tandoor-baked flatbread) and Jeera Rice).

Seasoned hot, of course. It was delicious - tastes of many different vegetables and spices in a thick sauce great for dipping.

Mmmm... I'm getting hungry.

debi

Reese said...

Wow! Thank you very much, Christina. If you ever made a trip to Malaysia, you know who you can go to:)

Debi - malai kofta sounds really good! I gotta tell my friend who is in Austin to try it out..think she misses all the spices.

debi said...

Reese,

The restaurant is Sarovar Indian Cuisine.

http://local.yahoo.com/info-19425113-sarovar-indian-cuisine-austin?tab=photos#photos

debi

Reese said...

Great! Terima kasih Debi (as we say in Bahasa Malay)

Reese said...

Great! Terima kasih Debi (as we say in Bahasa Malay)