What’s For Dinner? In which we stop random New Yorkers on the street, and ask them about their food lives.
Who: Abu Khan
Occupation: Fruit cart owner
Where: Astor Place and Lafayette
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
My best meal is rice and vegetables. My wife cooks it. When I get home, she fixes the dining room table, and we eat, and watch TV for one and a half, maybe sometimes two hours and then go to bed.
What kind of vegetables does she use and how does she season them?
Potatoes, eggplant, broccoli, cauliflower, carrot…I like mixed vegetables! And she uses chiles, mustard seeds and cooks in soy bean oil and mustard oil.
Of fruits, though, I like mango the best.
Are you vegetarian?
No! I like beef too much! My wife says I like it too much and my cholesterol is high, so she says ‘No, I won’t give it to you!’
What’s for dinner tonight?
I’m not sure what she’s cooking right now. Maybe something special because it’s my son’s birthday. Maybe biryani, and some spicy beef. Maybe today she’ll give it to me.
Where are you from originally?
Are there any foods you don’t like?
Actually, you know, I don’t like fish. My wife and I fight about it all the time. She likes it. I don’t like any kind of fish. In my country, we love fish, but with me, it is different.
Are there any restaurants you like in New York?
Sometimes, we go especially to an Indian restaurant in Jackson Heights, but mostly we eat at home.
Where do you like to go in Jackson Heights and what do you order?
Hut Bazaar, I think it is called. I get biryani.