Why I like Pakistani food

13 05 2009

There are many things that you could enjoy for the first time in your life here in Pakistan but I think one of your first shocking experiences would have to be the food, the very specific Pakistani dishes.

First of all, for everybody to understand, the term shocking is not that randomly picked as we’re talking about some very unusual (for me and for some of us at least) spicy dishes. The first two or three bites might not be that pleasant in the beginning…. but afterwards believe me, a storm of different and well picked tastes will unleash in your mouth.

I’m not a specialist when it comes to cooking, I’m not even a specialist when it comes to talking about food but I think I could be a specialist when it comes to enjoying a great meal. What makes Pakistani cuisine so special? Well, I don’t know for sure, but I think that in a plate of  Chicken Karahi for instance, you would find some of the history of this region, some of the characteristics of the people cooking it or even a short description of your experience in Pakistan: first you get the shock of the spice but then you can let your senses having the real feast out of it.

Now, the thing is that the transition from your normal daily menu to Pakistani food might be at some point painful (stomach issues – not that bad after all – more time to read the press), but as I was told, everybody should experience this and as soon as you get sick the better  – afterwards you are free to enjoy at free will whatever you like (almost!).

Some of my favourites: Chicken Tikka, Chicken (Beef) Karahi, Biryani, Tandoori, Nihari, Handi Chicken, Pakora, etc

Instead of bread you can have one of the many varieties of naan, a type of  round flat-bread made of white flour, and of course, I almost forgot, make sure you try instead of Coke or Pepsi the Pakistani Cola – Pakola.

After eating some of these wonders you can relax or enjoy yourself with a shisha 😉