Sunday, September 18, 2016

Eating the Globe: Somalia

This was an awesome meal.

What I've come to realize during my Eating the Globe(tm) journey is that food knows no borders. Everyone is influenced by everyone else. In this case, Somalia is influenced by...India and Italy.

We went to the only Somali eatery in the Bay Area. It's in a tiny strip mall next to a train station in San Jose. We started off with two sambusas (samosas). They, and the green hot sauce, tasted very Indian.

We also ordered two mandasis. These are essentially African fry breads. They were a little sweet, but mostly bland.

The main event was the "sports plate". It's an entree for two. You get to choose two meats (we got roasted goat cutlet and chicken suqaar (like a stir fry). We also got two starches (spaghetti and Indian chapatti bread).

Here's something funny that one of you brought to my attention. SFGate has a piece on dining at international restaurants in San Francisco. Apparently there's a place that sells Australian meat pies!

Countries tried so far:
Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Morocco, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa
Asia: Afghanistan, Burma, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Yemen
Europe: Bosnia, Czechia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden
North America: Canada, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, USA
South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela
Oceania: Fiji, Samoa, Tonga

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