This past weekend, my wife and I were invited over to some acquaintances of ours who live down the street a ways. They are originally from Bangladesh and promised us that there would be plenty of authentic Bangladeshi food on hand. I was game. It was only after we had been there for awhile that we learned that it was actually a celebration party on Obama's victory. Though I would have preferred that he not be elected another four years, he did win and did deserve due credit so I joined in on the party.
Most of the people there were from Bangladesh and perhaps a few from India. My wife being a native of the Philippines made me pretty much the token Caucasian guy for most of the party. But food knows no boundaries and so I dug right in with everyone else.
When put in an opportunity to eat authentic regional food that I don't get everyday, I opted for the try a little bit of everything strategy. There were several types of fried things ranging from the sweet to the spicy. There was chicken, curried and roasted, lamb, goat, beef and perhaps even another dish of chicken. There was a spicy salad, some sort of sweetened flour and milk balls, some sort of gelatin like desert and puffy pastries. I tried a little bit of each and I must say, it was all very good. I think it was the beef that was a bit salty more like corned beef but still it was wonderfully tender. Best of all, rice from that region of the world is unlike rice found anywhere else. It is very granular in nature and not clumpy like east Asian rice and is spiced up.
We ate and tried talking though with at least three different languages floating around, it was hard to decipher at time. All the people from Bangladesh were dressed up in traditional attire so it was interesting to do some people watch when I found myself surrounded in a non-English conversation. All in all it was a good party and though I didn't come out on top this election, I can think of few better ways to celebrate a victory of the majority. May the next four years be much better than the last!