Saturday, November 13, 2010

Food Food Food.. Can't Get Enough of it (part 2)

Day 6 Dobhan (2,600m) -> Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3,700m)
Breakfast: Gurung bread with cheese and Rosti with fried eggs
Lunch: Mixed vegetables fried rice and Mushroom, onion and garlic soup
Dinner: Tomato soup and Mushrooms pizza

Breakfast before trekking up to MBC
After so many days in the mountain, we decided to try the Gurung bread, also known as the Tibetan bread.  We simply love it!  Something like our youtiao, thou not so oily here.  Their rosti never failed us too.

It was a tedious trek for me today.  Seems never-ending. I was overjoyed when Kenn had already ordered lunch and already served when I finally reach MBC so the food tasted especially delicious but it was really delicious.  

During tea break, Kenn decided to try out their coconut biscuits.  He been seeing the other trekkers eating it. Wow, really gotta trust the trekkers, it was nice! There's the aroma of the coconuts and there's coconut in the biscuits as well.  It cost us NRp 90 at MBC while it only cost NRp15 in Pokhara!  Well, really gotta pay for the porters who carried it up.  I bought 1 packet back to Singapore wanting to test out if it really taste good even if you are not in the mountain trekking.  Verdict: this is a gem!  I regretted not buying more back, now i miss it so much.  It taste especially great when dip in coffee!

I've heard their pizza was good especially the higher you go.  Don't ask me why, cos I don't know.  We ordered 1 at MBC.  Good for mountain standard (of cos cannot compare with the 1 I had in Italy) they were generous with all the toppings and cheese on the pizza, making you feel that it was worth your every cents.

Than we saw what Maila, WJ were eating.  Dal Bhat which even come with 2 pieces of luncheon meat.  It smell wonderfully good!  And we looked at our pizza and tomato soup and sigh......

Day 7 Machhapuchhare Base Camp, MBC (3,700m) -> Annapurna Base Camp, ABC (4,130m)
Breakfast: French toast and oat porridge with apple
Lunch: Cheese macaroni and french fries
Dinner: Dal Bhat and omelette

I just love their oat porridge so this round we added apple.  Hmm... fruits always taste so nice when we are trekking.  The french toast we had was so-so.. very bland so Kenn started spreading lotsa "Everest" honey on the toast.

To celebrate us finally reaching ABC, I must have my comfort food - potatoes! So we had yummy french fries and also macaroni with super generous cheese on top.  We ate till so full ah.... 

It was another Dal Bhat night top with omelette.  It was quite a good combi and I enjoyed my meal (especially with the heater turned on at the dinning hall).  I guess Dal Bhat just taste nice everywhere in Nepal.  Just love the fact of unlimited topping up of the dal.... shiok!

Day 8 Annapurna Base Camp, ABC (4,130m) -> Sinuwa (2,340m)
Breakfast: Tuna sandwiches and fried potatoes with cheese
Lunch: Spring roll and maggi mee
Dinner: Mushroom soup, Dal Bhat with beef curry and rice pudding

*yawn*  I am tired.  I am cold.  Today will be the day to trek down...  The tuna sandwiches sucks, fried potatoes was hot and would never go wrong. haa.  The dinning area was very crowded today due to a group of school kids (from US??) who had trek up from MBC early early in the morning (shd be around 4am).  You can see their tiredness, some just sat there not wanting to move even when their teachers and the guide urged them to go out to enjoy the mountains.

Time to trek down... and it was such a bad day for me... till I can't enjoyed the delicious spring roll and maggi mee. Sigh.  

Dinner was enjoyable since i got my hot water shower to refresh myself.  We found out that we can asked for the "house special".  The house special were usually those meals specially prepared for the guides and porters.  For today we had the house special consisting of the Dal Bhat with beef curry.  The beef was cooked till very flavourful thou the meat was not as tender but it was good enough.  Need something to cheer myself and also to satisfy my sweet tooth so I requested for dessert today.  Been wanting to try the rice pudding, seems to be quite a hit with the ang mo.  It was basically glutinous rice soak in warm coconut milk. Like burbur chacha.. I like it.
Rice pudding

Day 9 Sinuwa (2,340m) -> Jhinu (1,760m)
Breakfast: Gurung bread and cornflakes with apple
Lunch: Spinach soup, rice with curry chicken
Dinner: Onion soup, mixed vegetables, stir-fried chicken

Can't get enough of gurung bread, thought we had requested for cheese on top... but it came as kosong... hmm... decided to order my favourite cornflakes.. alas it was disappointing... the cornflakes lao hong already. :(
the "lao hong" cornflakes

Kosong gurung bread
Jhinu was a place which gave us some surprises (other than the hotspring).  We ordered spinach soup and fried chicken.  the soup was tasty and even came with a toasted bread, but seriously i did not see any spinach inside!  We waited for quite long for the fried chicken than later Maila came and told us the chicken was still quite frozen... can change order and have the fried chicken for dinner instead.  Maila suggested their house special, curry chicken!  It was already prepared for the guides and porter so we shall have 1 also, wow.. I don't mind at all because the dish was good. 

Delicious lunch

Stir-fried mixed vegetables
For dinner, we decided to change the fried chicken to just stir-fried it with some vegetables... but it turned out to be 2 separate dishes.  1 big plate of chicken, cooked in soy sauce and 1 big plate of mixed vegetables... gosh!!! Nevertheless, it was really a nice change to have a plate of vegetables... seemed to be a long time since I last ate stir-fried vegetables?

Nice chicken

Day 10 Jhinu (1,760m) -> Pothana (1,990m)
Breakfast: Breakfast set (2 hard boiled eggs, 2 toasts, 1 banana & potatoes) & Fried eggs
Lunch: Fried rice with cheese & soup + complementary curry
Dinner: Curry chicken with rice, Momo & banana fritters

Breakfast @ Jhinu

Breakfast was normal especially since it was almost the end of the trip... sometime you just can't go wrong by ordering the breakfast set.  Lunch was quite a let-down... but saved with the complementary curry Maila offered us.   

The curry which Malia gave us

Dinner was another house special.  The momo, a Tibetan dish was good.  Ordered desserts again, banana fritters.. I still prefer and miss the apple fritters....

Dinner: Rice with curry chicken & Momo

Banana fritters
Day 11 Pothana (1,990m) -> Phedi
Breakfast: Fried noodles with fried eggs, gunung bread with cheese
Lunch: Fried rice, tandoori chicken & fish with curry (@ hotel)

Nice noodles with so-so gurung bread
I've not ordered fried noodles ever since our 1st lunch in the mountain.  Kenn insisted on ordering 1 today top with fried egg.  Ok, gave it one last chance then.  Surprisingly delicious!  The noodles was like spaghetti it was very Q and tasty!  To compensate for the no cheese gunung bread at Sinuwa, we had it with cheese, but alas a disappointed one.  The bread was not crispy.. but then i was think was it because of the cheese?

Ok, our last meal as provided in the package was in Pokhara at our hotel, Green Tera Hotel.  Ordered fish curry since we did not have any for the past 10 days it was good, a tinge of lemon to taste.  Tandoori chicken was quite tender but i find it too salty (or rather tasty to some people).

Tandoor chicken, fried rice & curry fish
Well, it has been an interesting journey and the food was really a surprise to me.  I had came expecting very very basic food but I had thoroughly enjoyed all my meals there.  I guess one of the reason was due to the excessive energy used while trekking thus you tend to have a better appetite to eat more for the energy lost and to have more energy the next day.  Well, the consolation after every trek is always the nice delicious food waiting for me.  I appreciate the cook who prepare such interesting and good food for us.  The porters, who painstakingly carried the ingredients and even the gas up to the mountain so that we can enjoy.... Thanks!!!

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