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Spice fans get a hit of Nepal cuisine

06-29-2010 11:00 BJT

BEIJING, June 27 (Xinhaunet) -- Quick to cook, good to eat, rich in flavor with wide use of spices and flavor such as ginger, garlic, coriander, pepper, cumin, mustard oil and many others, Nepalese food is famous for its tempting, varied tastes and high nutrition levels.

And those who have a spicy bent now don't have to travel to the exotic country to try the cuisine. The Nepal Pavilion in the Expo Park's Zone A offers some of the country's most famous and authentic dishes.

Its set meal priced at 40 yuan (US$5.90), on the cheap side among other foods at the Expo, is the most popular.

Popular Nepal cuisine 
Popular Nepal cuisine 

It includes four dishes -- steamed rice with dried grapes, fried chicken, green salad called Aachar and a serving of vegetable curry.

"It is quite a big hit among our visitors," said Bishan Shah, the pavilion's F&B Manager. "It sells almost 500 sets everyday, and on weekends it soars to 800 daily."

All the spices and curry used in the pavilion are air-lifted from Nepal to the Expo, with high quality and freshness guaranteed. "Each dish uses more than 15 traditional Nepalese spices," said Shah.

"We make it a little less spicy than in Nepal to cater for Chinese diners, but it turns out that Chinese are really big spice fans. They love it hot."

Each morning at six o'clock, the five Nepalese chefs start to prepare food. It usually takes about four hours to marinate.

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