We lived on bread, jam and marge and my mother would try to make us a milk pudding
if she could."
Kheer is the subcontinental name for sweet milk pudding
usually made with rice, although it can also be made with fine noodles called saviyaan, or semolina, carrots or sage.
In India, she meets food historian Salma Hussain, who showcases her version of an old royal Mughal dish: Lauzeena, a bread and saffron milk pudding
Signature items include the most authentic egg puffs from Mammy Pancake, a Michelin-recommended street food eatery for three consecutive years; dan dan noodles, a spicy Sichuan noodle dish from the 70-year-old Sichuan restaurant Wing Lai Yuen, also a Michelin-recommended restaurant; steamed milk pudding
from Cross Cafe made with "Trappist" dairy products, from a local dairy with a heritage of over 50 years; and the ever-popular Hong Kong-style milk tea from the well-known local brand KamCha.
For a quick snack, try the Baked Cheese Tart with cream cheese filling, or the rich and creamy Cereal Milk Pudding
with cereal flake toppings.
Another must-try is the semi-dried apricot stuffed with ashta, a Lebanese milk pudding
. The desserts will bring you back to Mayrig, if nothing else does.
At her sister-in-law's home where a typical Iranian iftar table has been set up, Shiva introduces the ash reshteh along with other Iranian delicacies such as the fereni (Persian milk pudding
), sweetmeats and Iranian tea complete with sticks of saffron sugar.
The visitors also enjoyed European countries' typical mouthwatering cuisine including pasta from Italy, hachee (beef stew with vinegar) from the Netherlands, bigos (cabbage stew with meat) of Poland, Portugal's egg tarts, Romanian sarmale (cabbage meat cooked in tomato sauce), Spanish flan (a kind of milk pudding
), French eclair (pastry with cream filling) and Swedish butterkaka (cinnamon bun with custard filling).
There is a good supply of seasonal vegetables and with plenty of such sweets as milk pudding
, apple puddings and dumplings, treacle roll, together with cheese, to make up any deficiencies in the more substantial articles.
We lived on bread, jam and marge, and my mother would try to make us a milk pudding
if she could."
Desserts include Rasmalai, sweet dumplings of cottage cheese served in sweetened flavoured milk, garnished with pistachio and almonds; Phirni, a traditional firm rice and milk pudding
flavoured with aromatic spices; and seasonal Gajar Ka Halwa, a Punjabi dessert made of grated carrots, almonds, raisins slow cooked in sweetened milk and flavoured with mawa.