As of right now, I am super busy with school work. And my busy social life isn't helping any. Due to this lack of time, I have a lack of subjects to blog about. However, there is a subject that will apply to everyone that even my school and social lives can't get rid of. And that topic is, of course, food.
So the first, and best in my opinion, thing about New Zealand food is the variety. There are so many cultures represented it's ridiculous. Some of the most prominent are Asian and Indian cuisine, but just about every culture is represented somehow, somewhere. Out of all the restaurants/cafes/whatever in Palmy the only thing that I find missing is Mexican. The closest good Mexican place that I know of is in Wellington, two hours away. Sadly that is a minor problem to us Americans who just want a taco or an enchilada or a quesadilla occasionally. Which is why we resort to cooking our own.
My two new to me favorite foods (not store bought) have to be kebabs and curry. Kebabs are not the same as shish-kebabs. No. They are a glorious creation of chicken, lamb, or falafel, combined with any combination of sauces (sweet chili and garlic yoghurt being my favorite), at your choice of spice level, with a number of fixings on top (lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese, etc.). Put it all on a wrap, roll it up inside a wrapper and eat it straight out of there. So. Good.
My second new favorite food is curry. Curry is quite a standard dish in Bangladeshi, Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Thai or other Southeast Asian cuisines. And trust me, the best curry is from a native. The word curry simply describes a variety of spiced dishes, and is analogous with the words soup or stew. There is no single ingredient that makes a curry a curry (Thanks Wikipedia). The curries that I've had involve rice and the 'stew' portion, usually involving meat of some sort. The best curries I've had came from two separate sources. One was homemade by Kaleb's Sri Lankan roommate Rashmi, and the second was at an Indian restaurant in Wellington called Tulsi (mentioned here-April 18).
Kaleb at TulsiBasically, curry is tasty and you should try some sometime. If you are uncertain about it, try butter chicken. It's a pretty standard option, and you can always control the spice level. You should also consider buying nan (bread) to go with it, it helps keep the spice level from overwhelming you...