Monday, April 30, 2018

What is that Fish served in most of the restaurants?


Fish is one of the most healthy foods with a good blend of the major macro nutrients and a good amount of micro nutrients as well. With humongous lists to select from, there is a fish for everyone be it where ever you are. Most go to are the local produce or local caught. The reason behind is fish are highly perishable. Getting good fresh catches are important to keep a healthy community which will in turn come back to the market to get their fish.

While most would be able to fill in the need for the fish from their houses. Many still rely on restaurants and eateries to get their dose of fish. After trying many restaurants around, there is one common fish I see that is used. Has no bone, white meat, texture is pretty firm, holds up to gravy or being grilled or deep fried. I was not able to identify this fish with my mind map of fishes I have bought and have cooked in my house.

Going in to this deeper, takes us to the Mekong basin, Vietnam. Yes, be it where ever you are, most fish served in restaurants come from this river basin. The fish you are being served is Swai or Basa, which is a from Cat fish family.



There is nothing wrong about this fish as such. What makes it wrong is the way these fishes are raised. They are bred and grown in cramped mucky waters. Due to intense competition, fish farmers resort to growth harmonies to get more out of these fishes. Definitely setting them as less preferred compared with wild caught or from a farm with better growing conditions.



Here you can see these fishes are sold at $1.2 - $2 per KG, or $0.6 - $1 per pond. The same many restaurants are going to serve you with a fancy bill between $10 to $20.



After eating fish for decades, this was a total news to me and felt a need to share. I eat fish at least 3 times a week, all freshly caught some times even live from our local market. These restaurateurs even got me on this. It is always better to know what you eat. You can ask for the fish that is being served. If you do not see the fish name mentioned on the menu, there are high chances that you are having Swai or Basa from Vietnam.




I hope you find this blog informative.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Solo Trip to Tiruvandrum Beaches - Water only Travel By Vasu







Think before you start reading.

Yes, you read the title right, this whole trip I only had water and did not have any food. After reading the title don’t think I am a loosu payan and all.. I just want to check my health condition without taking food for a few of days. I want to understand how my body behaves with no food intake for a few days following a water only fast.

Three days leave was approaching, everyone started asking me engaium polaya. Earlier I planned to go on a outing with my travel buddy. But close to end of the week he revealed that he is going to change his marital status from single to mingle (engaged). Ivanum poitana Apo ootyku thaniya than ponuma dialogue came to mind.

My parents went to my sis home in the begin of the week, they forced me to join with them but how these days young ppl will join in family occasions ;) , so I decided  to stay in my home.

Day 1: Deciding on the location and getting started


Friday morning I got calls frm my frnds.. 'enna ma veliya polaya'. These kind of words Usupeathing (induce) me to go out and I realized anyways no soru for three days in my house.

Around 11.30 am I decided to go somewhere in South Kerela and I checked the famous Indian IRCTC website for south side trains and I booked Chennai to Trivandrum mail 3.20pm with waiting list. Yen ivan andha oora ah choose pana ?? My Pankali Maari (friend) had been there for 2 days. He suggested its a kind of good place for solo trip. Here is his write-up.

I received a message from IRCTC that my ticket is confirmed S12-RAC 71 last person of  reserved candidate in that train and I deserved it.

I bought 1 litr water bottle for entire journey and boarded into train, when I entered the train everyone stared at me like a low rank holder guy in school.. ennaa RAC ah..

Hindi walla TTR provided berth in same place.because of my poor hindi speaking talent.. Eaak Gaavumeeaaa  Eaak kishaaan J

But its horrible to sit there near to toilet..and I booked my return train tkt for next day.

Day 2: Beautiful beaches in Gods own country


Landed safely in Triavandrum with help of one ltr water. And I bought another 1 liter bottle. From station to Padhmanaba temple its around 1km I walked and reached the temple. Everyone inside the temple were in dhotti. So I refused to enter the temple and salute him from the front gate and he wished me - stay blessed.

Next move to Kovalam beach, from Kovalam jn to beach hardly 3kms I walked from the junction and reach the fisher man area , Kovalam beach, Vizhinjam beach and Light house.. such a beautiful place with girls all around.








And foreigners in bikini suits. Some sensor cuts also happened. But Only for watching..

I don't have dslr and the mobile cam front glass got a prblm. But I want to take photos. With help of knife I removed the glass and fixed it, you know I am a mechanical engineer I can do anything like kautham menon movie.. and took some average snaps..some what I was compromised .. Nala Kadal la kulichetu and I entered into the light house

Loved to see the views of beach

Then I started to walk to Kovalam jn but google doesn't support the navigation and reached azhakulam jn almost 4kms I walked extra.. I asked so many people for the route and km but they said like dho km dialogue frm dheeran movie.

Got into bus and fully wet,  everyone looked at me unknowingly and simply sat down in one seat.. Oorama irudhutu poiruvomnu nenaichen. But co passenger didn't allow me to sit as a single.

Reached trivandrum eppdiyo and I got a train to Varkala beach since its unreserved coach I boarded before train stops and occupied few seats. Since I had plenty of experience in foot boarding its easy for me.romba length pogutho ok.

Then I gave a placee to one malayali girl and she helped me to get down in varkala station,  in that 1 hr journey  I forgot to ask her name too.. ipo puriuthu thats y am single and going this kind of solo trip..

Reached varkala station. From station to beach 3 kms whn I asked for the route people around there told me get into the auto but I walked directly to beach in mid of sun burning. Varkala an amazing beach have wondering topography something its different. Nice to see beach in that elevation level..






As same like Kovalam beach but here I could see more of families and foreigners and crazy girls.. I walked twice from start to end and swim taking rest and done the same for while. When I had to get into sea, my bag got to be alone and I had to look at my bag only not even the waves. So got so many slap from the waves. Namaku bag than mukkiyam..


But enjoyed lot and started to roam in beach side shops for window shopping.. varkala night life its something different I wonder like is  it India!?. it look like western country which I have seen in English movies. Stalls with delicious food ever where of the sides but controlled my mouth drunk water.

In the mid of way I got a msg from IRCTC my return ticket is confirmed this time no RAC but Seat no is 70.. Same kind of journey again.. ridiculous

Then I started to walk towards railway st and I reached edawa beach OMG again I drown into beach because of poor map reading skills.my train in Trivandrum 8.20 but current time is 7.20 totally tangled, I decided to catch the train in Kollam jn. and I widened my foot steps stretched my level and walked to reach the varkala station.. its 6 kms walk mudiyala da samy.. Oru auto and bus kooda ila andha route la ..

I felt the pain in my legs and got a train to Kollam jn reached around 8.40pm. train will fly on the same jn it came @ 9.20pm

Boarded and had a nice sleep..

Day 3: Back to routine


Reached Chennai by 1 pm..

Thanks for reading my mokkiais, during this trip I had 4 litre rail water only and I walked 32+kms entire trip.

Signing off.. Vasu

Traveller, Solo Traveller - Now Water only Solo Traveller ;)

Menu and Rate of Legendary Konar Kadai AKA Konar Mess Simmakkal Madurai


To all those Non-Veg lovers, here is Konar Mess Menu card, Simmakkal, Madurai menu and rate.

Why I am sharing this?

Last time I went there, I was asked to check for the menu on these sheets pasted on the wall, I instead took a photo, came back to my table and then placed my order. I am saving this trouble for you now that you can go through this menu card along with all the items listed with necessary English Translations. If you Fish names from Tamil translated to English, you can use this list here with downloadable PDF.

Menu card in Konar Mess, Konar Kadai Simmakkal Madurai


ItemsRate
Vegetarian
IdlyRs. 10
IdiyappamRs. 10
Oil DosaiRs. 35
Home DosaiRs. 25
Papper Podi DosaiRs. 35
UthappamRs. 30
ParottaRs. 20
ChappathiRs. 25
Non-Vegetarian
Kari DosaiRs. 160
Kudal* (Intestine) Kari DosaiRs. 180
Mutton ParottaRs. 150
Chicken Kari DosaiRs. 160
Onion Kari DosaiRs. 130
V.Karu DosaiRs. 40
Egg DosaiRs. 40
Half Boil DosaiRs. 45
Egg UthappamRs. 40
Veech Egg ParottaRs. 90
Egg Items
Egg KariRs. 120
Egg KolaRs. 65
Egg PoriyalRs. 25
Egg Kudal* (Intestine)Rs. 110
Egg BrainRs. 120
OmletteRs. 20
Half BoilRs. 15
Mutton Items
Kudal* (Intestine) GravyRs. 90
Chest Gravy (Nenju elembu)Rs. 90
Paya (Goat leg) GravyRs. 90
Chops GravyRs. 90
Thala Kari (Head meat) GravyRs. 90
Liver GravyRs. 90
Varuval GravyRs. 100
Onion GravyRs. 75
Mutton SukkaRs. 110
Mutton KolaRs. 10
Chest RoastRs. 100
Chops RoastRs. 100
Thala Kari RoastRs. 100
Paya RoastRs. 85
Liver RoastRs. 100
Manga (Kidney) RoastRs. 110
Varuval RoastRs. 100
Kudal (Intestine) RoastRs. 100
Halwa RoastRs. 110
Suvarotty (Spleen)Rs. 110
Brain RoastRs. 110
Bone RoastRs. 90
Chicken Items
Chicken KolaRs. 10
Chicken GravyRs. 100
Chicken RoastRs. 110
Chicken SukkaRs. 100
Pepper ChickenRs. 120
Chicken BonelessRs. 90
Chicken 65Rs. 85
Madurai ChickenRs. 90
Chicken LollipopRs. 100
Fish Items
Fish GravyRs. 120
Fish RoastRs. 130
Fish BonelessRs. 130
Nandu (Crab) GravyRs. 150
Nandu (Crab) LollipopRs. 150
Iraal (Prawns) GravyRs. 130
Iraal (Prawns) RoastRs. 140
Briyani and Meals
Mutton BriyaniRs. 150
Chicken BriyaniRs. 150
Egg BriyaniRs. 110
Plain BriyaniRs. 100
Briyani 1/4 plateRs. 75
MealsRs. 85
Half MealsRs. 50
Chicken MasalaRs. 110
Mutton MasalaRs. 110


Note: Kudal is generally only the Goat's intestine. But in Konar Mess, you will find them adding Booti (Stomach) and Nora dabba (Lungs) along with Kudal. It is still yummy, I want to keep you informed on what  you can expect from this real authentic place.

I love to travel and try some goof food on the way. Madurai is one of my favorite region to be around with different specialty food available in and around this region. If there are any changes to this list, please leave it in the comment, I will have this updated to help others looking for this information.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Chandran Mess Madurai Menu and Rate


To all those Non-Veg lovers, here is Chandran Mess Menu card, Thallakulam, Madurai menu and rate.

Why I am sharing this?

Last time I went there, I was asked to check for the menu on these sheets pasted on the wall, I instead took a photo, came back to my table and then placed my order. I am saving this trouble for you now that you can go through this menu card along with all the items listed with necessary English Translations. If you Fish names from Tamil translated to English, you can use this list here with downloadable PDF.

Image of Menu card of Chandran Mess, Thallakulam, Madural  stuck on the wall written in Tamil

Items Rate
Non-veg Meals
Rice
Mutton Kuzhambu
Chicken Kuzhambu
Fish Kuzhambu
(Note: No pieces)
Rs. 90
Meals ParcelRs. 120
CurdRs. 10
Briyani
Mutton Briyani 1/2Rs. 170
Chicken Briyani 1/2Rs. 170
Egg Briyani 1/2Rs. 150
Plain BriyaniRs. 130
Extra Cup rice (Usually for Rasam or Curd)Rs. 20
Parcel charge for BriyaniRs. 10
Mutton Variety
Mutton ChukkaRs. 140
Nenju Kari / Chest pieceRs. 150
Prawns (1/4 plate)Rs. 140
Prawns (1/2 plate)Rs. 280
Moolai / Brain fry (1/4 plate)Rs. 140
Moolai / Brain fry (1/2 plate)Rs. 280
Suvarotti / Spleen (1/4 plate)Rs. 140
Suvarotti / Spleen (1/2 plate)Rs. 280
Muttai kari / Egg with Mutton (1/4 plate)Rs. 160
Muttai kari / Egg with Mutton (1/2 plate)Rs. 320
Kola urundai (2 pcs)Rs. 60
Fish Variety
Ayerai meen / Cobitis taenia kuzhambuRs. 200
Viral meen / Butterfly fish KuzhambuRs. 150
Neimeen / Vanjaram / King Fish KuzhambuRs. 150
Keluthi / Cat Fish KuzhambuRs. 180
Vavval / Pomfret RoastRs. 250
Neimeen / Vanjaram / King Fish RoastRs. 150
Viral meen / Butterfly fish RoastRs. 150
Nandu / Crab MasalaRs. 160
Nandu / Crab Boneless 1/4 plateRs. 160
Nandu / Crab Boneless 1/2 plateRs. 320
Eral / Prawns Masala 1/4 plateRs. 160
Eral / Prawns Masala 1/2 plateRs. 320
Chicken Variety
Naatu Kozhi / Country ChickenRs. 160
Kozhi / Chicken ChukkaRs. 140
Naatu Kozhi / Country Chicken RoastRs. 170
Chicken 65 Boneless 1/4 plateRs. 130
Chicken 65 Boneless 1/2 plateRs. 260
Chilli Chicken 1/4 plateRs. 140
Chilli Chicken 1/2 plateRs. 280
Majira Chicken (1)Rs. 170
Chicken Lollipop 1/4 plateRs. 140
Chicken Lollipop 1/2 plateRs. 280
Kaadai / Quail ChopsRs. 140
Kaadai / Quail 65Rs. 140
Omlette Variety
Nandu / Crab OmletteRs. 170
Eral / Prawns OmletteRs. 170
Meen / Fish OmletteRs. 150
Boiled EggRs. 10
OmletteRs. 20

I love to travel and try some goof food on the way. Madurai is one of my favorite region to be around with different specialty food available in and around this region. If there are any changes to this list, please leave it in the comment, I will have this updated to help others looking for this information.