a) I was clueless about who could have played the prank
And b) I had no idea what the lady was talking apart from it being some event in itc maurya
So I went on with my normal Saturday routine, which is sleep till 11 and go to office. But when I got the call again asking if I am coming, I was surprised to say the least. This cannot be a joke. This person was way too courteous and formal for that (I don’t count mails as invitation because I have won a lottery so many times but the amount never got credited). I was on my way
To be frank I had never tasted Singaporean food and the closest I have gotten to taste anything that was on display there was red wine. And considering I was vegetarian on the day I could try only 2 dishes. Those were spring rolls(Popiah Goreng in Singapore) and a pulao dish (The Laksa Pulao) by chef Benjamin and Chef Raj Kamal respectively which were AMAZING. To be honest I have no clue how to make it (DUDE!) and if you want to sample it for yourself, visit any itc hotel in your city and ask for the Singaporean cuisine (I was told they have a tie up of some kind)
But I was in for real surprise when chef Manisha (the only chef which I was able to listen to because the dish involved chicken tikka) started giving final touches to ‘Duet of anti pasti’. I didn’t taste it but the faces of fellow bloggers said it all. And while I was waiting for the desert to come, a gentleman came an introduced himself as Mr. Tan and talked about Indian cuisine, which was surprisingly brilliant for a person not born and brought up in India. I myself could not tell that many subtle differences between the dishes. Oh did I mention he is the regional director for Singaporean tourism?
By the time he finished, we had the desert for ourselves (Hun Kwee Jagong- a coconut corn jelly), which can be easily mistaken for a malyali dish, the name of which I don’t remember, because it’s served in banana leaf. And THANK heavens it was vegetarian. I was taking my time to relish the dish but had to really GULP it down when a fellow blogger had to leave in a hurry.
I couldn’t have asked for a better Saturday afternoon. Thanks guys for inviting me if I haven’t said this already. I am still wondering why was I invited.
Also, I was with purba ray and snow leopard (NOT known as prateek verma) the whole time who have written about it in much detail, if you care to read.