Tibetan kitchen is a family affair

Our tour of Darjeeling was snared by a regular road closure that trapped us in a mountain traffic jam. Perfect Indian excuse for a lunch break.

We ventured to a small Tibetan restaurant where we proceeded to devour steamed vegetable momos and aloo parathas and sweet lemon tea. The whole operation was run out of a cramped kitchen (above) where mom and daughters molded momos (also below) and rolled bread.

Outside, the charismatic papa heckled customers (all of us), refused to serve them tea before lunch (me) and hollered ever-growing food orders (ours) through the door. Pops was absolutely delightful, laughed at my Hindi, and enthusiastically explained (still in Hindi) how to make his lemon tea.

(It’s basically just piping hot lemonade.)

When I asked for more mirchi, dad — a jolly round man with salt-and-pepper hair — hauled out a giant jar with local peppers preserved in vinegar. And I was heartily nostalgic.


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3 Responses to “Tibetan kitchen is a family affair”

  1. Anna Says:
    February 18th, 2010 at 8:05 am

    A jolly round man with salt and pepper hair and a jar of pickled chilis? Hmm. :)

  2. Royal Says:
    February 19th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Looks delicious.

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