tonight, i tried himalayan food for the first time with my friends lauren and dong at the gurkha himalayan kitchen on davie. it was a spontaneous dinner decision that also quickly turned into a celebration dinner for no reason… and by that, i just mean we went all out by ordering almost everything on the menu, along with a nice bottle of cabernet sauvignon.
i picked up a menu and felt like i was reading a different language because none of the names of the dishes looked even remotely familiar to me – i was oddly excited by this.
we decided to order a variety of dishes off the menu so we could have a little taste of everything. here’s what we ordered:
- taas: special nepali snack prepared with grilled lean lamb meat, sautéed in fresh peppers, onions, and spices. served with puffed and beaten rice mix
- momos: tibetan style steamed dumplings served with chutney
- lhasa chow mein: stir-fried soft noodles with vegetables and tofu (or chicken), seasoned with soy sauce and fresh coriander
- sherpa chicken: fresh chicken cooked with broth extracted from herbs and mixed with curry sauce, flavoured with himalayan peppercorns
- pokhara lamb: boneless lamb marinated overnight in yogurt, ginger-garlic paste and gentle nepali spices. grilled to perfection and served with gurkha pulau
- gurkha pulau: basmati rice cooked with green peas, green onions, saffron, cashews and raisins
- nepali roti: fresh baked whole wheat bread
- tingmo: fluffy, steamed tibetan bread
- dudhbari: popular nepali dessert with sweetened milk spheres in pistachio flavoured cream syrup
- kheer: traditional & very popular nepali sweet dish, made with rice & milk & flavoured with cardamoms, raisins, cashew & gentle spread of coconut flakes
everything was so good and had such a unique taste – my mouth was exploding with all sorts of different flavours and i loved it. i definitely will be coming back to try everything else on the menu that i didn’t get to try tonight.