As you all know, Pleasure Palate is being sponsored by
Menuism and if you didn't know already, Menuism is a restaurant review site where diners can post and/or read reviews about restaurants in and out of the US. Check them out at www.menuism.com and
add me as a friend. As a perk of this sponsorship, Justin Chen, Menuism Founder, will be hosting a FREE multi-course meal, featuring Himalayan dishes, at Tibet Nepal House for Pleasure Palate members; however, in order to participate in this dinner, there are 3 prerequisites before you can RSVP.
You will only be confirmed for this dinner once I've seen your Menuism account and see those 10 posted reviews. There are only 8 spots available.
- You need to have a Menuism user account. (Include the link in your RSVP.)
- You need to have already posted 10 restaurant reviews (50 words or more).
- You agree to post a review about Tibet Nepal House within two weeks after the meal on the Menuism website at this link.
In return, the meal you will be experiencing will include the following: (1) Yak Mo-Mo: Ground yak meat seasoned and stuffed dumpling (2) Tse Mo-Mo: Mixed Vegetable Dumpling (3) Cheese Pakora: Deep-Fried Cheese, Battered with Chickpeas Flour (4) Goondruk: A typical Nepali dish of preserved mustard green leaves and cabbage, and tomato, cooked with Nepali spices (5) Kathmandu Sekuwa: Chicken breast marinated overnight with mint, cilantro and Himalayan spices (6) Gaunle Khasi: Fresh goat meat cooked with onion, tomatoes, ginger, & Himalayan spices (7) Sherpa Stew: Simmered chicken with rice, vegetables, and Himalayan spices. Sherpa Stew is often served on trekking routes (8) Annapurnayak: Yak meat sautéed with green chili, Bell pepper, Onions, & Himalayan spices (9) Tibetan Bread: Deep-fried whole-wheat flour bread (10) Chyamtange Dhopzi: Stone ground whole-wheat fine flour flat-leavened bread baked in clay oven (11) Bhaat: Steamed Himalayan Basmati Rice (12) Bhatamaas Saadheko: Roasted Soya bean, ginger, green garlic, red onion, and green chili, marinated with Himalayan spices (13) Kheer: House-made rice pudding topped with almonds, walnuts, and raisins (14) Mt. Everest in a Blanket: Ice cream rolled in crepes, topped with chocolate sauce (15) Soft Drinks and Ice Tea Included. Special Himalayan Teas, Beer and Wine Need to Be Purchased Seperately. For this particular meal, everyone needs to sign up individually. No guests allowed! If you're not familiar with Himalayan Cuisine, please read the following.
While the Himalayan Mountains stretches across six nations, which include Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan, this particular meal will focus on the cuisine of Nepal and Tibet - neighboring countries separated only by a mountain system that is home to the world's highest peaks: the Eight-thousanders, including Mount Everest. What is Nepali Cuisine?
Nepali food is practical rather than gourmet fare--which is not to say it isn't tasty. The national dish is daal bhaat, boiled rice (bhaat) with a thin lentil sauce (daal), accompanied by curried vegetables (tarkaari) and possibly a dab of pungent pickle (achaar). In rice-growing areas daal bhaat is eaten twice a day, the first meal at around 10:30 a.m. and the second shortly after sunset. Sweet, milky tea and snacks like beaten or popped rice, flat bread, or curried potatoes tide the hungry over until mealtime. Ethnic groups have their own specialties, but basically it's all subsistence food. Nepalis know the value of food as fuel: trek for just a few days and you'll learn it too. What is Tibetan Cuisine?
The Cuisine of Tibet is quite distinct from that of its neighbours, since only a few crops (not including rice) grow at such high altitude. The most important crop is barley. Dough made from barley flour, called tsampa, is the staple food of Tibet. This is either rolled into noodles or made into steamed dumplings called momos. Meat dishes are likely to be yak, goat, or mutton, often dried, or cooked into a spicy stew with potatoes. Mustard seed is cultivated in Tibet, and therefore features heavily in its cuisine. Yak yoghurt, butter and cheese are frequently eaten, and well-prepared yoghurt is considered something of a prestige item. As you can see, it'll definitely be a fun and unusual meal to remember and to get in on it, it simply starts with signing up to Menuism.com. If you need any help or have any questions, please feel free to drop me a message or email.