We totally take our enormous grocery stores for granted in the US. Mostly what I’ve found here are small stores or stalls that have a few set related items. This is great for tea ( we’ve found a wonderful tea house down the street and are befriending the owner), local produce, curd and other such items. However, when you need multiple items and a more comprehensive variety of things, there aren’t too many places to go.
So, with all of this in mind, I’ve realized that heaven in Nepal is a place called Bhat Bhateni Supermarket. It is a wonderful 6 floor store in the Bhat Bhateni neighborhood. I’ve only checked out the first floor and I still think it’s amazing. The first floor is like walking into what would be a Nepali Safeway. Whole aisles of cereal, rice, coffee, etc. It’s a little bit of a trek from my neighborhood, but well worth it when I’m looking for something specific. I’ll have to venture to the other floors that are filled with housewares and the like next time. There are also AMAZING looking street food stalls right outside.
I was shopping with Hannah and Ben and we decided to get food so we could cook our very first meal here in Nepal. We of course decided to do dal bhat, which is the local fare of lentils and rice. None of us ACTUALLY know how to make dal, so we got the boil the bag kind (yeah, yeah I know…it IS my intention to learn how to actually make it). We also got some frozen momos for good measure.
We walk to Ben’s apartment which is a few blocks away and realize that it is completely dark. Up until this point, Hannah and I have been oblivious to load shedding as we have an inverter in our apartment. So this is our first time experiencing the phenomena of no lights. We’re actually pretty excited about it. Ben thought we were a little odd.
So our first Nepali cooking experiencing became Nepali cooking in the dark. Which in some ways, really makes it more authentic. It all turned out pretty well considering…nothing burned, only some of the momos fell apart, and the rice was cooked for exactly the right amount of time. Ben does have enough rice left over to feed a small army. Apparently, 3 to 4 servings of rice in Nepal means 10 servings. We lit some candles and then proceeded to have a great little meal.
The lights came on just in time for us to do the dishes.