Ramen: a foreign bowl of comfort for Japanese

It is only recently that I took a liking to ramen, a popular Japanese noodle dish. It would not be right to say it is just popular, for ramen is part of Japanese food culture and in the last few years have taken over the world. And it is not even a Japanese dish.  You…

Middle-eastern cuisine at Mezze, Chennai

I had always wanted to try the food at Mezze, Chennai. For one I have never tried Middle eastern food and wanted to do so at an affordable place. Only Mezze fit the bill. Let me start from how you pronounce the word.  Mezze is pronounced Mezzah and not mezzi/messi like it spells. The word…

South Indian’s obsession with curd rice

One of the perks of being a business journalist is that you get to eat in fancy hotels, where more often than not wonderful array of mouthwatering delicacies from pasta salads to exotic desserts are spread before you. But no matter how much I drool over those refined dishes, my eyes always look for that…

Nagercoil Summer diary: Nungu Sharbat

Summer in Nagercoil is not pleasant. It is hot and humid. Air that blows is so hot that your eyes are burning all day. You sweat all over. But there are rewards though when you go out brazing the blazing sun, like Nungu Sharbat. You could say it is the watermelon and tender coconut equivalent…