The issues that bedevil me continue to do so, but I might as well blog eh?
I want to firstly thank all of you for all your kind words, they are much appreciated!
For the Friday word go to Mona's, I may do something around it maybe over the weekend.
My reason to visit Denmark.. I was craving Tibetan food!!! ;-)
Just kidding, except for one day my general pattern for this short trip was
Day 1. Homebound.
Day 2. Homebound till almost noon, train to city centre, walked aimlessly away from city centre.
Day 3. Homebound till almost noon, train to city centre, walked aimlessly within city centre.
Day 4. *A* and I hopped on the train to Malmo, Sweden walked around some more. This time she made sure I wasn’t wandering around and that there was a method to what looked like my madness.
And you guys wonder why I am not posting anything about my trip? I had fun trust me, this being our second visit to Denmark and to the truly wonderful city of Copenhagen. Just not sure that it’s everyone’s definition of fun though.
Back to the Tibetan food, on Day 2 as I wandered the streets around the Nyhavn (New Harbor) neighborhood, I encountered this sign on the sidewalk pointing to a restaurant offering Tibetan cuisine on one of the many smaller streets around Nyhavn. Seeing the sign brought back memories of the Tibetan restaurant “Tibetan Kitchen” which was a block from where we lived in NYC near the NYU medical center. That was more than a decade ago and I figured why not check it out. The place is called “Himalaya” and turns out it offered Tibetan and Nepali food. The sign on the sidewalk was of it’s avatar from five months ago when they were purely Tibetan. I think it was around 4 pm in the afternoon, and as I walked into the place I heard Bollywood music blaring over the sound system as opposed to say calming Tibetan chants.
Bollywood it is so eevil I tell ya.. eevil ;-)
I also saw this Tibetan costume on what appeared to be a mannequin and when I first set my eyes upon it I almost did a double take, the place was as you can see rather dimly lit and my first response was..whoa! That is one dressed up serving staff!.
The only server in the place said they were still 15 mins away from opening, so I could sit there or come back. I thought I would walk around some more (I had probably walked 3-4 miles already up to that point).
I was most likely their first customer of the evening. Same person who I spoke to before showed me to my table and got me the menu. And I could not figure much out from it as it was in Danish, so he finally finds me an old tattered menu in English. And so we started talking, I asked him about where he was from. His name it turns out was “Ram” which is almost like “Jim” or “Jimbo” is in our neck of the woods here. He was from Nepal, and the dishes I ordered were his recommendations. He was from Nepal and after we talked a bit in English, he asked me if I can speak Hindi. I can and we did converse in Hindi and I was kind of shocked at how stilted my Hindi sounded.
Tired from my walk, I ordered some Tibetan tea as I needed a bit of a “pick me up”. Tibetan tea is almost like desi chai except for the fact that they add a touch of salt and ghee. It was interesting, not sure it would appeal to all palates at all. But I did appreciate the hint of creaminess from the ghee and its own different aroma and flavor which came through rather well.
I started off with appetizers, I had momos. These were lightly stuffed dumplings wrapped in a decorative dough served with chilli and green salad. They are also Tibet's national dish as per the description I saw and can be served steamed or fried. They was really quite nice esp the spiciness of the dip which was a lot stronger than the subtle bite of the fillings which were relatively mild. I had one each with chicken, beef and vegetable fillings.
I had the Lhasa Sosha as my entrée which is basically beef marinated in honey, soy and a dry sherry. It was served with green peppers, tomato, and some caramelized onions and fresh herbs.
I loved this, the beef was tender, well marinated and the sesame seeds on it went well with the flavors of the soy and honey. I had a hard time trying to discern the sherry though, I thought the soy might have over powered it. The onions, tomato and peppers were just perfect and juicy and not at all dry. I thought it was a very well done dish. I am not sure how truly authentic this cuisine is but it tasted good to me. I passed on the dessert as I was sort of stuffed.
Probably was a good idea. Some folks have told me how they would find it hard to like nap on a train in a foreign land especially when they are new to it, and are nto familiar with things. But guess what happens to me? I hop on to one of these trains that you see int he picture below, find myself a seat and promptly doze off and miss my stop Emdrup, and end up going to the next station.
I had to get off and then head back to our friends Marie n Thomas's place. By that time Marie n *A* were back from their conference and wondering where the heck I was and when I told them why I was late over the phone, I am sure they were amused.