I realize that I'm becoming a bore on the subject of Udupi, but I have to report my latest experience, because in a way it was the most impresive yet. My wife and I wanted to try the few dishes we have not yet enjoyed, so we ordered a kind of rice and yoghurt gruel and the Gobi Manchurian, which consisted of fried cauliflower in a Chinese-style sweet-and-sour sauce. What I found amazing was the sheer alchemy of the meal: the chef had produced a truly delicious dinner using as his base ingredients nothing more than rice and cauliflower. What other restaurant could make of such simple ingredients something so smile inducing?
I should add that I'm not especially fond of cauliflower. In this case, the cauliflower was perfectly tender and yet firm, rather like perfectly cooked meat. At first I thought it was meat.