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Squatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-16-09 05:50 AM
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When you think of gourmet, does Afghan cuisine spring to mind?
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If not, it should. The food over here is astounding.

A local Kandahar man that I've known for a while just brought over dinner that consisted of goat and chicken cooked to absolute perfection. I don't know what spices they use, but it's phenomenal. The only better meat I've eaten is chivito in San Luis Argentina.

He also brought over my one weakness...naan.

Forget the naan you buy in the supermarkets back in the states. That junk is for posers. The stuff over here is made from hand ground wheat and baked in wood-fired tandoor ovens. The bread is the size of a skateboard, and sort of like New York style pizza crust, but a bazillion times better. The outside is dry and crispy with a faint aroma of the wood smoke. The inside is soft and chewy with a strong taste of stone-ground wheat.

The cuisine is simple and plentiful. Meals are communal, with everybody digging in and sharing from the same plate. I'm usually the ony guy who uses utensils, so I make sure I get my portion before everybody else digs in with their grubby hands.

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  -When you think of gourmet, does Afghan cuisine spring to mind? Squatch  Mar-16-09 05:50 AM   #0 
  - Squatch!!!! Thaks for posting!!! How are you?  Midlodemocrat   Mar-16-09 05:52 AM   #1 
  - August. We'll be here for the summer  Squatch   Mar-16-09 05:56 AM   #3 
     - I'm good. I ran into a friend of TM's last week  Midlodemocrat   Mar-16-09 06:46 AM   #4 
        - If he's in the Marines, he's coming to my neck of the woods.  Squatch   Mar-16-09 08:14 AM   #6 
  - Glad you enjoy it, 'live.'  elleng   Mar-16-09 05:53 AM   #2 
  - Unfortunately the closest  Callalily   Mar-16-09 06:50 AM   #5 
  - I work in Madison and live not far from  B3Nut   Mar-16-09 02:30 PM   #18 
  - Karzai's uncle lives here in my suburban Maryland town ...  kwassa   Mar-16-09 08:18 AM   #7 
  - I've driven through Karzai's home village  Squatch   Mar-16-09 09:19 AM   #8 
  - Europeans used to do this, as well, in some of the older names.  kwassa   Mar-16-09 11:54 AM   #11 
  - Karzai's brother owns the other two The Helmand restaurants.  Gormy Cuss   Mar-16-09 12:03 PM   #12 
     - here is the menu for the Baltimore restuarant!  kwassa   Mar-16-09 12:19 PM   #15 
        - I recommend the aushak and kaddo borawni  Gormy Cuss   Mar-16-09 12:25 PM   #16 
  - yes, it does. i love afghani food. nt  La Lioness Priyanka   Mar-16-09 09:20 AM   #9 
  - Actually, yes it does  DFW   Mar-16-09 09:21 AM   #10 
  - of course, largest Afghan community in USA is hop, skip, jump from my house (SF Bay Area)  NuttyFluffers   Mar-16-09 12:05 PM   #13 
  - I am half Afghani, so yes I know that Afghan food is delicious  Tektonik   Mar-16-09 12:18 PM   #14 
  - Nope, but that's only because I've never had Afghan cuisine. Would LOVE to try it, though.  Heidi   Mar-16-09 12:27 PM   #17 

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