Food Scavenger Hunt Part II of II
This is the second of two posts introducing food items in the Porous Borders Food Scavenger Hunt. For the first half, check here. Happy eating!
- Manchurian Califlower from Bonoful (12085 Conant)
Why we chose it: Indo-Chinese food has roots stretching back to 18th Century Hakka migrants to Calcutta. “Manchurian” style dishes, like Bonoful’s Manchurian Califlower, are creations entirely unique to Chinese chefs in India, adapting Chinese-style cooking to Indian ingredients. This dish, though, makes two more stops: Hamtramck, via Bangladesh. Enjoy the ride, and enjoy the dish with a friend and some rice!
- Fried chicken with special seasoning at Bishr Poultry and Food Center (12300 Conant)
Why we chose it: Fried chicken is truly a border-crossing cuisine, found in many, many cultures in Asia, Africa, Europe, and of course, the United States. But, O, Bishir fried chicken! You and your dangerous spice take it to a new level! Almost always packed with hungry chicken-lovers, Bishir serves up perfectly fried chickens (and fried fish, chicken kofta patties, fries, and more) from early until they’re sold out. Do not skimp on the special seasoning. It seals the deal. I like the chicken tenders, but some people are drumstick/breast purists.
- Fried rice OR Chicken 65 from Halal Desi Pizza (2200 Canifft)
Why we chose it: Another set of Indo-Chinese dishes, Desi’s fried rice uses basmati instead of jasmine rice and Indian spices and yogurt (NOT a Chinese staple ingredient) in its Chicken 65. While you’re in Desi, take a minute to admire their signage and menu with options to appeal to truly everyone.
- Walnut-crème torte from American European Market (11916 Jos Campau)
Why we chose it: This treat should be kept behind heavy security. For just 50-cents, your life can change for the better as delicious walnut crème paste held between astonishingly soft wafers melts in your mouth. All pastries at the American European Market are made fresh daily. I’m sure the baklava is fantastic, too, but there’s something about the smooth taste of the torte that transcends cultural – and perhaps even earthly – borders.
11. Vitmo from Al Haramain International Food Center (3306 Caniff)
Why we chose it: Vitmo is a carbonated beverage originally from the UK. Originally a health tonic made from a variety of herbs, it drifted out of the herbal medicine field into the soft drink market and has spread from the UK to the Middle East (and in our case, to Hamtramck). Since its migration, it has become a beverage of choice for iftar, or the breaking of the fast during the month of Ramadan. Al Haramain is the perfect place to end your Porous Borders Food Scavenger Hunt – it’s one of the most diverse shopping experiences in the metro area with a little of something for everyone and a lot of surprises.
Get started on the Food Scavenger Hunt – find all 11 by May 17 at 5pm, bring your proof of purchases to an Information Hub, and grab your tote-bag prize!