Monday, November 10, 2008

The Khukri

Kathmandu

Near Durbar Square, a group of Nepalese men were warming up against the cold, winter night while feasting on momos, reportedly to resemble the Chinese Xiao Long Bao, complete with pork as filling.

A culinary treasure of interest.


Singapore

The HQ (with its proclaimed 7 Mbps mainframe) has identified the location where the treasure can be found, without having to cross the Himalayan mountains via India. As the 40-seaters Mercedes Benz moved, the mission had begun.

Look for the Gurkha blade.

The name’s Khukri.


Kuala Lumpur

The street was busy on a Sunday afternoon. The brotherhood of foreign workers jostled about Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin with calling cards enquiries as one of the main activities in place. An exotic ensemble of music blasted from all corners of the street. There was no need for the Beretta 418s or the Walther P99s, for the safety of M, whom had decided to join the mission. But this was before the shootout at Sienna. I scouted around for escape routes. Should anything happen, the Aston Martin would have not been much of a help as buses halted along the sideways, calling out for customers and caused a slight congestion along the way. The DB5 would have looked like a statuette instead, I imagined. But we knew it was safe and trust was all we had. We'll just have to die another day.

The stairs leading to the blade was bright, though narrow. Turning back, we saw several buildings layered with posters imprinted with what were assumed to be Nepalese characters. I asked M if she was ready to meet the blade. Her response was clear. You only live twice.

A friendly gentleman in traditional Nepalese costume and simple English ushered us to our table. With a view to a kill, we were confident of a fruitful exchange, sans the Saville Row suit, martinis and Pussy Galore.

And came the list of interests.

Filling up the well-spaced room were customers of Nepalese origin, jollying on visually interesting food and cold beer. Some decided to read the daily, catching up on the latest news back home. As we observed, we understood the Khukri as a quantum of solace, filling up the missing part called home. But for some, the missing parts can never be found again. Vesper Lynd.

The Mahi (RM3.00) was a welcoming drink that fulfilled its task as an appetizer, given its sourish base. This yoghurt drink can be served either plain or sweet (by adding sugar). Full-bodied, Camille Montes’ luscious lips came to mind.

If the name does not sexcite one, perhaps the ingredients will; lamb head and legs. Oily but well-spiced, the Khasi Ko Tauko/Khutta Ko (and we thought Wai Lin was the most sexotic name we’ve ever heard) soup was a milder version of a hot curry, yet retained the aroma of spices such as cardamom and star anise. The meat was slightly tough though. A big portion at RM7.50.

All the way from Bhutan, there was Andra Bhudi Buteko (RM6.00); fried intestines coated with Nepali spices. For your eyes only, it was beautifully red, thanks to the generous amount of paprika-like seasoning. The intestines were rather tough, unfortunately. Tomatoes, onions and a squeeze of lime to add some flavours to the dish.

It was the momo (RM7.50) that we eyed for. Simple and steamed, the filling tasted rather different from the usual Sino dumplings we had. There was a vague hint of nutmeg lingering within the tiniest of spaces between the minced, lean pork. Quantity sometimes plays a part and nobody does it better than an Octopussy. But when quantity is translated as thick folds of skin of the dumpling, it’s not the least appealing. But there’s the sweet, sour and hot dipping to turn the wrongs back into the rights.

Possessing the license to kill time, M and I ordered the Chili Kukhura (RM8.50); a deep fried chicken dish dressed in Nepalese sauce. Sweet and sour sauce dressing bite-sized pieces of soft, fried chicken, it attracts all. Remember Jinx? We all loved her bikini, didn’t we?

If Christmas Jones meets Strawberry Fields (if ever), one can only come to the sweetest of desserts. A warm, milky rice pudding called Kheer (RM6.00) in one hand, a semolina-based Haluwa custard in another. If live and let die was to be decided between the desserts these hands hold, let them wrists bleed.

As we closed on the edge of the blade, M said of another mission to uncover the culinary treasures in the land of blue sapphires and pigeon blood rubies.

Gladly, I said, for the world is not enough.

Never.

The Khukri
No. 26, First Floor
Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin (Jalan Silang)
50050 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
Tel: (+603) 2072 0663
Email: thekhukri@yahoo.com

Other agents reviews:
Lyrical Lemongrass (M)
Cumi & Ciki

30 comments:

J2Kfm said...

M is ... the Lemongrass?
hahaha. rmbr she posted bout this place b4.

and dun remind me of the Quantum of Solace. made my head spinned.

Tummythoz said...

Even tel number 007 is in bold. So meticulous.

Jun said...

bond fan eh? ;)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

hahah db5?? or we did i misread S as 5...

i see u had to make do with a non-alcoholic version of ur shaken not stirred martini..

Life for Beginners said...

Nic you sure could pass off as an Asian Double-Oh-Seven. At the very least, you've gotten the movie history down pat. Hehe.

What's all this poor/average reviews of QoS I'm hearing? I hope it's better than they say it is cos I was such a fan of Casino Royale...

Live2Talk said...

Dear Mr 007,

Where's that Bond Girl of yours who should accompany you to this mission? M should be at her office bossing you around :P

Yours truly,
Secret Admirer ^^

Big Boys Oven said...

so well recommended, i think I must lunch here soon!

thenomadGourmand said...

wow..how long did it took you to write the post? Linking them all in that manner...with the food and pics.. creative gilaa...;p

CUMI & CIKI said...

nicely said.. near the end of the blade eh.. how did u manage to stay alive/intact - lol :D

backstreetgluttons said...

and we thought the Nepalese never eats
omg

jasmine said...

must have arrived here after watching the QOS. :P

fatboybakes said...
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fatboybakes said...

gufffaw, you da man. the master writer, the goldfinger. i was wondering if and how you'd use octopussy, and sniggered where you did. ya knocked the living daylights out of me with this post mah man. were you there on her majesty's service? (QUEEN OF DSLR?)

mimid3vils said...

U eat lamb head? *puke*

I saw xiao long bao~~

Nic (KHKL) said...

j2kfm, yupe, you are right! M is da Lyrical Lemongrass...hehe...we explored khukri together! :) eh, why head spin leh? i sat on the 3rd row from the screen but ok leh....

tummythoz, hehehe...ya lor. was kinda inspired by the poster...which was not the best lar, i guess. why wear a suit in the desert, right? haha!

jun, sorta la. :) but i prefer the old bond movies cos the screenplays are more original. so are the names of the bond girls..more humorous as well! :)

joe, haha! it's aston martin's DB5. :) well, i could have ordered a beer but it was still very early for booze lar...maybe the next time lar. hehehe...

kenny, me da 0-0-7? haha! the only thing i have in common with them is a hairy chest! haha! ooopps, the old bonds, i mean. haha! oh, QoS is ok lar. kinda reminds me of the Bourne series though. still, the car chase scenes were fantastic! cinematography was kinda good as well. oh, and that montage was classic. featuring a song by jack white (white stripes) and alicia keys. wah liao!

dear live2talk, would you like to be one of 'em bond girls? I'll call ya Morning Glory. :) and M's cool la. diamonds are forever and so is M. she's the head of all MI6s. :)

bigboysoven, oh, do check them out. the location's very accesible as well. just look for the blade and the name's khukri! enjoy and tell us your experience! :)

Nic (KHKL) said...

thenomadgourmand, thanks for stopping by! :) well, i had the idea last sunday. and did it on monday. :) thanks for the compliment! i like to get crazy sometimes! :) well, most of the time..haha!

cumi & ciki, i picked up a few kung fu skills from wai lin in tomorrow never dies. then again, it doesnt matter whether i was armed or not. cos, we only live twice, remember? hehehe....

backstreetgluttons, oh, the treasures of Nepal! the beautiful and tasty food! it's like a blend between India and China. oh, they sure do eat. Delicious food somemore! :)

jasmine, ditto! haha! was inspired by the whole 007 experience (from the early 60s til now) and Khukri couldnt have arrived at a better time! hehe...and thanks for stopping by!! :)

fatboybakes, OMG!!! you just named some of the bond movies i couldnt insert into my post! me not goldfinger lar (no midas touch)..haha! just crazy old me! octopussy? well, one hand is never enough, right? especially for the man with the golden gun...hehehe...oh, we never say never to her majesty's service..hehe..btw, her majesty is also known as M. :)

mimi, the momos do look like xiao long baos, right? but the taste is quite different. :) the chilli sauce was very tasty, and different from the usually black vinegar/ginger dipping we get. luckily the lamb head didnt come with the soup..hehe....

fatboybakes said...

hahah, glad i managed to use some....

fatboybakes said...

OH, hahahahah, i only just got that! about one hand not enough....notty notty...

sc said...

i remembered M's post on this too...and the dish that caught my attention was the momos..dang, need to try this soon (though you make it sound so dangerous to venture there..)

ling239 said...

kinda weird to see dumpling between all the curries....:p

Simon Seow said...

Tun Tan Siew Sin is our former Finance Minister back in the 60's. Wah, such exotic dishes. Lamb head, and intestine. So me the way please.

wmw said...

I have the Momo...steamed not seared!

ladyironchef said...

dude your pictures are getting better and better with each new post.

ya i also curious, how long it take you to write one review?

mikky said...

amazing pictures... :)

Nic (KHKL) said...

fatboybakes, kewl! heheh...that's what an octopussy is all about, i guess...hehe...the scriptwriters were so creative hor, back then?

sc, oh, do give it a try! and it's not dangerous lar :) just like any other road near petaling street. you need a Bond to bring you there or not? let me know... :)

ling239, haha! i agree! very different from the chinese version but still, very nice. there's a fried version as well. must try the next time i go there! :)

simon, exotic right? :) the spices used were rather interesting as well. the restaurant as well! can, can. when you wanna go?

wmw, oh, seared! yes. but then, i think khukri offers the deep-fried ones leh...cos they look crispy and golden brown...hehehe..

ladyironchef, thanks for the compliment, dude! :) the lighting was really good that day. using the kit lens, i really depend on the lighting. how long i take to write a post? haha! it varies...when i'm in the mood, maybe 30 minutes..hehehe...but sometimes, i'll drag long-long if i'm not into my idea.

mikky, hey, thanks for stopping by!!! and thanks for the compliment! i'll work harder!!! :)

Jason said...

Is it hard to bring M out for lunch, since you broke into her house and she doesn't really like you nowadays? :P

ck lam said...

Hi, You have a nice and interesting blog. I stumble upon it through thenomadGourmand.

Nic (KHKL) said...

jason, aiyah, this was before Quantum of Solace lar...hehehe...no lar, we always go out one lar. i'm her weekend bond, errrr, i mean bitch mah...hehehe...

ck lam, hi! thanks for stopping by! and thanks for the compliment...glad you liked it! :) you have a blog as well? cool! ok, ok..will check it out as well! :)

LL said...

This is probably one of the best, and happiest, meals I've had. I cannot emphasise enough that it is not dangerous to go there. This is, after all, our Malaysia, our familiar grounds, our people. We see bits and pieces everywhere, and we live it daily. Time to move on.

Nic (KHKL) said...

LL, i cant agree more! it was just like any other street in KL. in fact, it is safer than some places in the city.

and yes, what a great meal we had, eh? the variety is incredible. :)