Pop-up Dinner: Pakistani Fusion

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Date(s) - 19/01/2019
19:00 - 22:00

Pizzeria Tutto Pasta



Welcome to Food Explorers’ “Pakistani Fusion”, presented in form of a Pop-Up Dinner, and featuring the creative culinary skills of our Cuisine Expert Amna Omer.

When:  Saturday, 19th January, 2019 from 1900 hours onwards

Where:  Pizzeria Tutto Pasta, Kurze Strasse 17, 67063 Ludwigshafen am Rhein

What:  This 4-course menu is inspired by Pakistan’s ethnic and cultural diversity.  Not only is Pakistani cuisine characterised by elements from its Mughal legacy, it is also a blend of various regional cooking traditions of the Indian subcontinent, Central Asia, and neighbours China and Iran.

The Menu

On a cold winter’s day, what you need is “Chef’s B36 soup” to warm you up.  Chinese restaurants established themselves in Pakistan during the 1930s.  The influx of Chinese migrants during the 1940s brought further diversity and developed a distinct Pakistani-style Chinese cuisine.  Today, there isn’t a restaurant in any town which doesn’t serve this hearty broth loaded with fresh seasonal vegetables, chunks of chicken and tweaked with hot fiery sauces.

Up next is “Tawa Fish Fry”, a winter specialty from the Kasur region near Lahore, and also in Amritsar in India.  Fish is marinated in spices and then fried in a hot “tawa” (iron griddle).  Amna will make this appealing appetiser with tilapia, and will serve it with mango salad and tamarind chuutney.

Our third course is “Chicken Shawarma“.  Pakistan has a long-standing history with Arab Gulf countries, particularly Saudi Arabia and the UAE.  The earliest migrant workers in Saudi Arabia and the UAE  in the 1950s and 60s were from Pakistan.  The workers who returned to Pakistan brought the Arabic “Shawarma” home with them, customising it with Pakistani spices.  Today, you can find a “Shawarma” vendor at every nook and corner, serving up juicy chicken baked in a yogurt marinade, rolled up in pita bread and served with tahini.

Vegetarians fret not – Amna will prepare for you an equivalent of these dishes using a variety of lentils and vegetables.

For dessert, Amna draws upon the concept of the “Trifle“, which was brought to the region by the British Raj.   The Brits moved out of Pakistan in 1947, but this English creation stayed on.  You will see why it’s so popular – imagine a dessert interspersed with layers of flavoured custard, fresh seasonal fruits and soft cake sponge.  Don’t leave without trying Amna’s version of this yummy trifle with an exotic touch!


“Pakistani Fusion”
(cost per person, food only)
Regular Vegetarian
Member’s price €35 €32
Non-member’s price €39 €36

Beverages may be ordered directly from the restaurant.

As there are only 30 seats available, bookings will be on first-come-first-served basis.

Deadline for registration is Friday, 11th January, 2019.  Members can pay online to secure their seats.  Non-members please contact me.

Best wishes,
Faeimm Tang

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