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Learning East Indian dining

ritabwh | Oct 16, 2008 10:16 PM

Hello everyone,
Having moved west of the mountains a few years ago, I am over joyed at the availability of various ethnic foods here in Lynnwood as well as the Seattle ID.
Need your help with Indian dining.
What do you recommend? I am adverturesome and not afraid to try true homestyle foods. I've done curries and tandoories. Would love some recommendations on what the other really good stuff is, as in what do the restaurant folks eat for their lunch or what is eaten at home. In other words, "what do the real people eat?", not "what do the American customers want to eat?".
BTW, I am half Japanese and grew up in Japan and did High School in the Panama Canal Zone, so I am no stranger to appreciating local cuisine.
Also, would like to learn about the proper method of eating with all the Naans and the various flatbreads and all the condiments that are served.
I love soup, and noodle soups. Is there anything like a noodle soup in Indian cooking? And what soup do you recommend?
I have had the buffets at various Indian restaurants .... is buffet common in "real" Indian restaurants? I like to do the buffets because I can taste many dishes that way.
I understand that traditional Indian cooking is vegetarian. So I am confused when I see chicken and other meats at the restaurants....
And! there is Pakistani-Indian as well as Indo-Chinese cuisine.
Can someone explain the differences to me?
So many questions. Thank you for your help!
rita
Much appreciated!

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