Going across numerous food barriers tonight (we have a three course candle-lit dinner every Saturday. Numbers vary depending on who is home, who is visiting, who is in town. If you are in town, drop in.).
Starter: Chickpea pancakes with spicy cauliflower, lamb and yoghurt.
Main: Curry laska.
Dessert: Lime curd puddings with apricot puree and vanilla ice cream.
Something to please everyone.
I have made a laksa from scratch a couple of times before but, today, opted to use a commercial laksa paste. I wandered into an Asian grocer and and a lady asked what I was looking for.
"If you were making a Laksa, which of these pastes would you use?" I asked. (probably she would make her own but I asked anyway.)
"Well" she replied "Caucasians usually prefer this one..."
Now, that wasn't what I asked her. If I wanted the Caucasian preferred laksa paste I could buy it from Woolworths. I wasn't sure if that was racism or not.
I eventually opted for one from Singapore - laksas are from Malaysia so they should know something about them. The other products, Caucasian preferred to boot, were from Thailand.