International Week is going on this week at UBC. There's a grand performance showcasing talents from around the world, diverse fashion, and most importantly, international food!
I jumped at the chance to sample these dishes. Really jumped.
Me and my buddy got there just before tickets sold out, and the line was pretty long. The wait was unbearable.
Unfortunately, I was rather disappointed by the selection. Perhaps we are spoiled here, living in a city with a hugely diverse amount of food right at our fingertips, but I was hoping for a more ... exotic selection. All the food came from restaurants from around the UBC area, and none of them really jumped out for me.
What was worse was, the African station and Malaysian station ran out of their food two people before I got there! The main reason I paid my $9 was to try injera bread (which I've never tasted before) and grab some roti canai (my "international food" carb of choice").
Nothing much to talk about in terms of the food, which doesn't speak well for the restaurants who catered. Although, I'm going to attribute some of its mediocrity to the fact that the food was sitting for quite a while. Many of the items (the deep fried ones namely), were unpleasant to eat. And so, in the end, what ended up tasting the best (to me anyways), was the plain old Chinese ginger beef. Hah;;
Ah well. Have a look.
Plantain chips. Surprisingly savoury, but they were stale by the time we got there. D:
Honestly, I've never liked the gulab juman dessert. As much as I say I like sweets, this is just syrup drenched soggy bread.
This is what I mean by disappointed. We have pad thai all over the place. It doesn't need to be featured at an international food fair;;...
This was rather dry..
Was surprisingly not dry!
Even more surprisingly, the most enjoyable dish!
Ran out of injera bread.... D: But a nice heat and rather pleasant.
Another "You're seriously going to tote that at an international food fair... in Vancouver??" moment.
Again, time took it's toll on the taste.
I also apologize for the quality of the pictures. Waiting in line while everyone got food while it was still good and hot had made me impatient. And the line was moving pretty fast. I had to snap my photos and go.