Wah Ji Wah – Pakistani Food

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After my previous post about Sarhad some of my Pakistani friends and colleagues suggested a bunch of different places for me to sample more of their traditional foods. The places include Shahi Qila, Tabaq, Wah Ji Wah and Al Mano wa Al Salwa. Since Wah Ji Wah was the closest place for me during the weekend I decided to try it out first.

It’s located near the first roundabout on Issa Al Qatami street in Salmiya and is hard to miss. I noted that they’ve got two separate dining areas; one for bachelors and a larger space for families. I was there for a takeaway order so didn’t look into the family seating area. The specials menu on the wall is in Urdu so you’ll have to ask the guy at the counter whats the special for the day.

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Be aware and stay safe

The tragic death of an Indian man in Salmiya earlier this week has been the topic of conversation among many of the expatriates in Kuwait. The tragedy occured during a routine ID check by a fake cop. I called it ‘routine’ because these fake cop encounters are becoming something of a common occurance now.

Just a few months ago a fake cop was beaten up and handed over to the police in my neighborhood but there’s still more guys out there patrolling neighborhoods inhabited by foreigners.

You best bet to stay safe is awareness and information about the local police and when in doubt call 112. I had posted a question on a forum about this issue and have understood that we have every right to request to see an undercover officer’s badge first before displaying our own ID. Another thing I understood is that police officers won’t go around in unmarked civilian cars asking for IDs.

If you check the MOI website you’ll find a list of vehicles that are used by the local police and also a list of phone numbers for the various police stations in Kuwait. The locations are grouped by Governorate and you’ll find your nearest station listed in your governorate.

A couple of years ago people used to tell me that my neighborhood in Jleeb was crime ridden but looking at the recent spate of muggings and armed robberies in Salmiya it appears that no one is safe.

When you have the time, go through the website and make sure you’re aware of the local police force and their services. MOI Homepage [link]

Jade Garden – Chinese Restaurant

Last weekend was a special occasion for the family and we decided to go somewhere special to celebrate. Thanks to the non-stop advertising in 98.4U FM, the name ‘Jade Garden’ popped up in everyone’s mind.

Jade Garden is located on the 12th floor of the Gulf Hotel in Salmiya, on Baghdad street, right near the Gulf Road. There’s no mistaking you’re in a Chinese restaurant the moment you step in coz of all the red decorations and lanterns. They have tables in smoking and non-smoking sections and we chose the latter.

Ambiance
As I mentioned before the interiors are done up in the typical Chinese way and there’s lots of lanterns hanging from the ceiling and a huge aquarium in the foyer. The dining area was adequately lit and seats were comfortable although some of us felt the chairs weren’t high enough for the table. The staff are cordial and very friendly and brought us the menus and orders quickly and without any issues. They also have baby chairs if you’re taking your toddler along. The restaurant also has live music in the evenings and while we were enjoying dinner, the waiter/singer entertained us with light music from Lionel Richie and other artists.

Appetizers
We started off with Mint Lemonade, Shrimp on Toast, Chicken Dim Sum and Beef Spring Rolls. The spring rolls were the usual kind but I really liked the shrimp toast. In some places they usually mince up the shrimp and you don’t to taste it very much but this one was pretty good. There were nice big chunks of shrimp meat and was very satisfying.The dim sums were small and flavorful but I would need half a dozen of them to be satisfied.

For the main course we had; Beijing Roast Duck, Beef Noodles, Vegetable Rice and Sweet & Sour Chicken. The roast duck came all sliced up and ready to serve while I was expecting it to be carved table side like I’ve seen on television. The duck comes with the traditional steamed pancakes, sweet sauce and shredded veggies. You place a little of each ingredient on the pancakes and roll them up to eat.  I’ve never had such juicy and tender duck meat before and it was my favorite dish of the evening but considering that it costs 15KD for a duck I’d reserve this only for the most special occasions.The sweet and sour chicken was good too, it came with pineapples and kiwi in the sauce and the pieces of chicken had a nice fruity flavor.

Dessert
We got a complimentary fruit bowl at the end of dinner so we didn’t order anything extra and each one of us got a fortune cookie with a multilingual fortune inside it.

Overall I enjoyed my meal at Jade Garden and would definitely visit again. The food was flavorful and satisfying and had none of the generic overused Ajinomoto taste.  The prices, with the exception of the duck,  are reasonable and comparable to those of other similar restaurants in Kuwait.

Jade Garden [website]
Kuwait, Baghdad Street, 40183
12th Flood, Gulf Hotel
Tel #: +965 99 39 71 47

Kwality Sweets and Snacks

I was invited to try out this newly opened shop in Salmiya recently. Kwality Sweets specializes in homemade Indian sweets and its all made from fresh ingredients.  Now I’m not a huge fan of sweets and if you’ve seen my previous posts you’ll notice that I usually veer towards the savory stuff when I’m at a snack shop but there’s a couple of items you must try out when you order from here.

There were a lot of items for me to sample and since I was trying hard to stick to my diet plan I was very selective in what I chose from the menu. I sampled the Masala Dhokla, Papdi Chaat and the Chole Kulchas and I’m happy my choices didn’t disappoint. I’ll surely order the Masala Dhokla and Chole on my next visit and I recommend you try it out too.

For desserts I’d highly recommend the Coconut Burfee and the Moong Dal Halwa. Both items are not very sweet and you can enjoy them without too much of a guilty feeling. If I wasn’t too conscious about my diet I would’ve had a few more pieces of the Coconut Burfee though.

As I was taking a look around the shop I noticed this strange contraption and was told that it was a Lassi machine.  I didn’t know there was a dedicated machine for making lassi and it was interesting to see the device in operation. As summer is just around the corner you can try out their lassis and kulfis and they also informed me that ‘Ice Golas’ are also available as a summer treat.

Update: They’ve started serving Indian veg Pizza, Tandoori Paneer Kulcha and Sugarcane Juice as well.

Kwality Sweets and Snacks is located near Isa Qatami street opposite Food Inn.
Phone: 25653201

Cinemagic movie nights are back again

With the weather getting more pleasant its probably a good idea to catch a movie at the rooftop cinema and plus they’re no longer charging 1KD. I wouldn’t mind paying though since its much cheaper than 3.5 KD at the multiplex. Here’s the schedule for the month of October [link]

I’m looking forward to seeing ‘The Shining’ on the big screen since I’ve only ever seen it on DVD. 🙂
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Nice night

The weathers getting better now and its the perfect time to take some long exposure shots.

I shot these while on a leisurely walk on Gulf street.

Marina waves

View On Black

Hard Rock Cafe

Desi Treat – Review

Since it was drizzling in the eveing we were in the mood for ‘Desi Style’ comfort food so we stopped by this place to check it out.

As usual we started off with a Pani Puri and Samosa chat. This was followed by a Cheese Pav Bhaji and a Paneer Pav Bhaji which we found interesting when we read it on the menu but when it arrived it wasnt too impressive, the Samosa chat was very good though. For dessert we tried the Gulab Jamun but it  felt uncooked and there was a mass of hard powder right in the center.

Overall we thought it was just above average with a score of 3.5 out of 5, so once again the hunt for a good chat joint continues.