Come December and past, because the winds get nippier and choose up tempo, Karachiites instinctively comprehend it’s time for soup. That is due to an ingrained sense of historical knowledge and logic (learn: seasonal flu).
Winters in Okay-City could also be a mere whimper and pale compared to the northern components of Pakistan throughout these wintry, frost-bitten months, but Karachiites like to decorate up of their woollies on the first trace of chill within the air, simply to maintain the custom alive. Even when day and night-time temperatures within the coastal metropolis drop solely by a digit or two.
Relating to soups, nothing and I imply nothing can beat all-time mass favourites similar to rooster corn soup, scorching and bitter soup and Peshawari rooster yakhni. However then many haven’t sampled the skinny Thai soup at Tasty Meals Centre (TFC), positioned at Hussainabad’s populous meals road.
Thailand with all its ‘responsible’ pleasures could also be off-limits due to the pandemic, however Karachiites can nonetheless savour a desi Thai soup to beat the winter chills
Accompanied with a sketchy picture of the unique proprietor of the start-up, Mahmood Ahmed, who bore a hanging resemblance to KFC’s Colonel Sanders, TFC’s tagline ‘Okhai Masjid ke mashhoor soup-walay’ [The famous soup-makers of Okhai Masjid], proudly publicizes their reputation among the many native Okhai Memon neighborhood.
Only a stone’s throw away from the Kaka Bawani Vocational Centre and all-women Meena Bazar (that’s, in case you have a really sturdy throwing arm), TFC panders to lovers of the staple rooster corn soup (with the choice of egg for 120 rupees or plain for 100 rupees), however peddles Thai soup as properly on the identical costs. Soup is obtainable solely throughout the winter months, with TFC dealing in recent juices and milkshakes throughout the scorching summer season months.
I first discovered concerning the Thai broth at TFC final 12 months by means of a pricey buddy who took up residence within the Federal B. Space whereabouts. He hauled me over to TFC out of sheer pity upon seeing me undergo from a extreme case of the sniffles, because of the severely polluted, chilly and dry Karachi air.
After two jumbo bowls of Thai soup, with sliced boiled eggs and a aspect of crunchy paaprri, I used to be a modified man. The sniffles had been vanquished and changed by profuse sweating. For sure, I used to be again once more the subsequent evening to gorge on the life-saving brew, and have remained a loyal seasonal buyer ever since.
An fragrant mix of curry leaves, assorted condiments, shredded rooster, complete purple chilli peppers and oh-so-much-more (together with Mahmood Ahmed’s secret ingredient) goes into the making of this very desi tackle Thai soup, which Mahmood Ahmed and now his sons have been promoting for the final 22 years. The sons could have taken over from the daddy, however there’s been no change or decline in the usual or high quality of the soups, particularly the Thai.
Phrase-of-mouth and concrete legend has it that Mahmood Ahmed used to work as a sous-chef within the kitchen of a well-reputed resort in Karachi. He began this soup stall upon his go away from there and the remaining, as they are saying, is culinary historical past. Their loss is our achieve, I assume.
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Revealed in Daybreak, EOS, December twenty sixth, 2021