Dishing out India in style

Jan 01, 2013, 05:02 IST | Avantika Patil

Even after relishing all the cuisines possible, celebrity chef Bobby Chinn from Vietnam confesses that Indian cuisine is definitely on the list of his top five favourites!

“Indian food has a kick, but is definitely not the spiciest food I have had,” says Bobby. In an engaging conversation, Bobby talks to CS about his love for Indian food:

India ahha!
I first visited India in 2007. I returned in 2009 and subsequently in 2010. The more I learned the more I realised that I have to return. There are so many dishes that I like that may appear ordinary to many Indians but I find the humility of the food extraordinarily democratic. I had phenomenal meals in hotels, something I do not do in other countries. I have eaten at friends’ houses and found it all so tasty and different! It’s very difficult to select just one dish. However, there is one dish that’s unforgettable, and it’s the tandoori crab at a famous eatery. It was perfectly executed with a haunting undertone of that smoky tandoori flavour that permeated the shells to the contrast of the sweet crab meat.

Dish divine
It is no secret that Indian cuisine is one of my favourites. It’s true comfort food to me, more then you could possibly imagine. So, when I discovered Indian food in England, it was love at first bite. I am a creature of habit and one of my favourite dishes is the vegetarian thali because it’s quick to order and I get everything I love. Indian cuisine reflects what India is to me as a country. It is rich, complex and subtle, often remaining humble. It’s diversified and democratic, where the food is made by the people, for the people and there is nothing nobler than this in the food world. If that is not enough, it’s spiritual, as it borders on Nirvana!

Spice stories
I did not find the food spicy enough, to tell you the truth. It has a bit of a kick to it but not enough to leave you winded like Thai food can often do. Over there they want you to eat really spicy food, then watch you sweat while your tongue pulsates in pain sending blisters through your mouth just to have them smile and say ‘You like spicy! You same same as Thai people!’ (laughs) 

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