One of the rewards of chowing around Fremont is the diversity of South Asian treats available morning, noon and night. A first for me was eating Indian food for breakfast at Lovely Sweets & Snacks. I arrived at the posted opening time to find the door still locked. Inside I could see a couple staff busy behind the scenes. I waved but they ignored me. Then, still waving at them, I called on my cell phone to ask if someone might open the door, and the reply was, "No English, no boss." Now I understood why the delay.
After a few minutes, one of the women did open the door. I pointed at the menu board and asked "aloo paratha, please?" in a voice loud enough for the kitchen worker to hear. The two of them conferred, and soon I could hear the sound of a rolling pin working soft dough, the happy sizzle of flatbread hitting the griddle, and before not too long I had a steaming hot, potato-stuffed paratha in front of me.
Too hot to handle, I had to wait for it to cool down a few degrees before I could tear off a piece. Dunked in the chilled luscious dahi phulki, the combination of hot and cold sensations could wake up any sleepy mouth. Savory with toasty masala spices, the dahi had soft balls of gram flour and some fresh cilantro greenery. The mango achar pickle suffered from too much of what my friend Alexandra calls "toilet bowl cleanser" essence. The paratha was the chewy, tender kind rather than a flaky type and made with full-flavored whole grains. Half was more than enough for breakfast and I saved the rest.
A cross-cultural experience and a tasty, filling breakfast for only $2.50.