Pan Asian: Steamed Mussels (Hoi Ma-Laeng Poo Ob) — Thailand I must confess to being a huge fan of mussels. These quick and easy to make little bivalve mollusks, which pack loads of flavor, may be prepared in so many ways, but I prefer mine steamed. Once considered ‘poor man’s food,’ mussels have definitely undergone a transformation of late, and you can see them on restaurant menues for as much ...

Pan Asian: Shrimp (Jhinga) Curry – Pakistan Summer is heating up, and the last place you want to spend too much time is a hot kitchen. But don’t sweat it, because I’ve got just the quick-fix recipe for all you curry lovers. This is a scrumptious shrimp curry from Pakistan which is very easy to put together. Coupled with the fact that shrimp cooks very quickly, ...

Rice & Curry 101 @ The Hill Center DC, May 17th I return to The Hill Center on Capitol Hill in DC to do another class on the basics of Sri Lankan cooking. To be honest, I never thought I’d be doing cooking classes in a million years, but it kind of makes sense as this is an extension of my cooking show on Youtube, Pan Asian.  https://www.youtube.com/user/ThaILLST/featured Also, the ...

YouAssist Fundraiser in VA — A Rousing Success!! This past week I had the pleasure of participating in 2 events which involved Sri Lankan food. The first, was a Sri Lankan Supper Club in Baltimore–put on by yours truly–at the home of some friends which attracted 30 guests, who have all now been duly baptized in the Church of Rice & Curry. Unfortunately in the midst of ...

On The Road: Sarajevo, Bosnia Just back from a visit to Bosnia & Hercegovina, one of the former states that comprised Yugoslavia, and a place steeped in history. Not only did the first world war start here, triggered by the assassination of Austro-Hungarian heir to the throne, Franz Ferdinand, but more recently Bosnia suffered the scourge of a horrible regional war that took place scarcely ...

New Baltimore City Paper Review: Yemen Arabian Restaurant SCIENCE OF THE LAMB Yemeni specialists offer oasis in pastaland J.M. GIORDANO By S.H. Fernando Jr. PUBLISHED: APRIL 9, 2014 There’s a new kid on the block in Little Italy, and pasta is not what they’re pushing. But the recently opened Yemen Arabian Restaurant (411 S. High St., [410] 385-4900) has lamb down to a science. Whether it comes chopped up as ...

Pan Asian: Squid with Chilli & Basil (Thailand) Remember that great squid dish you always order at Thai restaurants? The one with the fiery Thai chilies and the awesome Thai basil. Well, with only a handful of ingredients, this dish is yours to enjoy at home anytime you want. And believe me–the fact that you made this all by yourself is going to make it taste that ...

It was great to see Sri Lanka on CBS’s “The Amazing Race” last night. It showed a peaceful place full of culture, history, and great hospitality, which is the Sri Lanka I know. We have made rapid strides since the end of the 27-year conflict with the LTTE terrorist group in 2009, and the country is finally living up ...

Sri Lankan Supper Club — Bmore — April 19th It’s time, once again, for another rice & curry feast courtesy of yours truly. This time I’m doing it for the home town crowd here in The Wire country aka Bodymore, Murdaland aka just plain Bmore, for those of us who live here. Since I don’t own a restaurant, I’m taking over a friend’s place for a truly one-of-a-kind dinner ...

Colombo’s Ministry of Crab on CNN About a year ago I did a post on Sri Lanka’s best restaurant, Ministry of Crab. http://riceandcurry.wordpress.com/2013/04/15/adventures-in-dining-ministry-of-crab-colombo-sri-lanka/ It seems that the word is getting out as they were just featured on CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/12/travel/sri-lanka-experiences/

Pan Asian: Bonjon Borani (Braised Spicy Eggplant) — Afghanistan I’m lucky to live in a town with a truly incredible Afghan restaurant,  The Helmand (which, incidentally, is owned by Afghan President Hamid Kharzi’s elder brother Qayum). It’s white tableclothes and attentive service conjure a high-end feel, but the food itself is simple, unassuming, delicious, and downright affordable. Since I’ve eaten here countless times, I kind of take for ...

Remembering Nimal Nimal, on the right Across the street from my Aunt Dora’s flat in central Colombo is a small Buddhist temple nestled beneath the branches of a sacred Bo Tree. During the day, the little temple is a hub of activity as worshippers come to pay their respects. In the evenings, I like to watch as the tree’s magnificent limbs becomes ...

2013 In Review The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 110,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 5 days for that many people to see it. Click here to see the complete report.

Pan Asian: Chicken Fesenjan (Pomegranate Walnut Stew) – Iran A unique dish from the Caspian region of Iran, Fesenjan is usually made for special occasions. Its bold, sweet & sour flavor profile comes from such ingredients as walnuts, beets, and pomegranate molasses, and it is not difficult to make. I find Persian food fascinating because it tends to be its own thing–completely distinct from both Middle Eastern and ...

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