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Chow down in these culinary capitals of Mexico

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Which spots south of the border can rightfully be considered to be the culinary capitals of Mexico? Below, we identify four places that are leading candidates, along with dishes that you should try while you are visiting these amazing places…

Mexico City – Tacos el Pastor

Being a massive city of 20 million people (not just the biggest city in the Americas, but the one of the largest in the world), Mexico City is home to a melange of foods from all over the globe.

It was due to immigration from the Middle East of all places that has given Mexico City (and by extension, the entire country) one of its most beloved types of taco.

The El Pastor taco, made from marinated pork roasted on a doner kebab style spit and topped with onions and pineapple, was introduced to Mexico by Lebanese migrants in the early 20th century.

With crowds gathering around these stalls come lunch time, you best queue up quickly yourself, lest you find yourself with less desirable cuts of meat in your tortilla.

Guanajuato – Miner’s Enchilada

In the silver mining city of Guanajuato, hard work has built up a fabulous city over the years in a high mountain valley surrounded by little else than pasture land and scrubby semi-arid wilderness.

When the workers got off a long shift in the dangerous underground labyrinth where they eked out their daily living, they came home with a massive appetite.

A dish that often worked to quell the beast within were Enchiladas Mineras, or Miner’s Enchiladas. Consisting of potatoes and carrots in tightly wrapped tortillas, and covered in Cotija cheese, it contains all the carbs they needed to refuel after a long punishing day deep within the earth.

Look for them in the food court portion of Guanajuato’s daily market.

Guadalajara – Pozole

An old folk favorite dating back to the days of the Aztecs, many regions in Central Mexico have their own version of Pozole, but the bowls found in Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco State, have found a special place in our hearts.

Made from a corn base, but using chilies, garlic, onions, and tons of pork or chicken makes it a hearty soup that will fill you up and gratify your taste buds without making you feel like you’ve done your diet a grave disservice.

Oaxaca – Enchiladas de Mole Negro

Don’t think chocolate and dinner go together at all? You’ll be changing your mind in a hurry once you’ve sampled Enchiladas de Mole Negro, which is considered to be one of Oaxaca City’s signature dishes.

Cocoa is one of the main ingredients in the black mole sauce that drowns the chicken and cheese stuffed enchiladas in a smothering embrace, which is one that you won’t be able to get enough of when you try it for the first time.

Best Indian food in Kuala Lumpur

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Looking for the best Indian food in Kuala Lumpur on your trip to Malaysia? The four restaurants in this article will allow you to experience the best dishes of this cuisine outside the Subcontinent…

1) Ganga Deli and Café

Located outside of the touristy centre of KL, Ganga Deli and Cafe is a locals secret that can be found in the neighbourhood of Bangsar, about a kilometre west of the Mid Valley commuter rail station.

Upon stepping into its interior, it can be easy to dismiss this place, as its spartan appearance and lack of décor can lead one to believe that the quality of the cuisine here is similarly mediocre.

However, the opposite is true, as all the energy and resources of this restaurant is directed towards the quality of its dishes, as it exclusively serves vegan offerings that will change your opinion towards this code of eating.

2) Restoran Sri Nirwana Maju

Looking for a place in Bangsar with dishes that cater towards those looking to consume meat or other animal products?

Restoran Sri Nirwana Maju is the establishment you’ll want to check out instead. Here, Southern Indian cuisine is the specialty, with a variety of curries, lentils, and pickled vegetables being served atop a banana leaf.

While one can dine out front on its porch, it also has an air-conditioned interior that can help you retreat from the worst of KL’s muggy days.

3) Fierce Curry House Bangsar

Easily accessible from Bangsar station, one of many available within Kuala Lumpur’s robust mass transit system, the Fierce Curry House is a wonderful place to get your fill of some of the best dishes that the Subcontinent has to offer.

While its namesake meal is wonderful, this place is also well known for its biryani rice. Another great choice is its banana leaf rice combo, which gives you a full array of South Indian foods for the low price of 6 Malaysian Ringgit (roughly $2 USD).

4) Delhi Royale

Want a place that is fancier than the hole in the wall suggestions in the rest of this article? Delhi Royale fits that profile to a T, though it will still keep your final bill to a reasonably low amount.

Despite the huge menu, the quality of food remains high from the front page to the back, defying a convention that states that the more items a menu offers, the worse a place is at cooking any of the meals contained therein.

Located in the heart of KL, it is the perfect place to end your trip in Malaysia on a high note.

A culinary guide to New Delhi, India

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India has many attractions that draw visitors from abroad to its shores, as it contains temples, beaches, mountains and modern attractions of all types. From Mumbai in the south, to Leh in the far north, you’ll find yourself occupied almost every moment you spend in this country.

But perhaps no city is as captivating as the one where you’ll you likely begin your Indian adventure. New Delhi is an unforgettable city, filled with all sorts of sights that will have you doing double and triple takes.

However, being the federal capital has endowed it with a wealth of food and drink that make it the perfect place to sample all the cuisine that India has to offer.

Here’s what you need to try during your time in New Delhi, and where you can go to find it…

1) Tandoori Chicken (Karim’s)

One the most distinctive dishes to those visiting India from the West is Tandoori Chicken, as its slightly spicy and sweet red hue makes it one of the most recognizable meals in this culinary tradition.

There are many places across New Delhi where you can find the ubiquitous clay pots in which this meal is slow cooked, but the one spot we recommend is Karim’s, a restaurant so popular that it has spawned multiple franchises across the city.

The original location is the best though, as it is located within a short stroll from the Jama Masjid.

2) Galawati Kebabs (Indian Accent)

Created for a king that had lost his teeth, but not his appetite for gourmet food, trying out a Galawati Kebab is a must for visitors to Delhi.

Crafted from lamb, mutton, veal or beef, and using papaya and a bewildering amount of spices (the royal recipe from which the current one is descended reportedly used up to 150) to make the meat melt-in-your-mouth tender, you may find yourself ordering seconds.

Indian Accent is the restaurant in New Delhi that really nails this recipe in our humble opinion, as its kitchen staff are deeply skilled in the culinary arts.

This achievement has been validated by being named a top 50 restaurant in the world in 2015 by the website, “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants”, which is a web property run by Diner’s Club, which has established a great deal of authority in the culinary niche over its decades of existence.

3) Aloo Tikki (Natraj)

Seeking out fare that is a bit more modest, but no less satisfying? Aloo Tikki is a favorite of Indians rich or poor, and is a popular street dish that draws crowds around carts that make the best version of this potato based snack.

Served with mint, tamarind sauce and yoghurt, the most popular vendor of this meal in New Delhi is Natraj, which is a food cart that has built up a solid clientele over 75 years of business.

The Aloo Tikki they dish up has a crispness that will have you understanding the lines that form in front of its cart from the moment you take your first bite of it.