Following my blog www.pukkapaki.com, "The PukkaPaki Supperclub" is a celebration of traditional Pakistani home cooking with a modern eclectic twist, served in traditional floor seating style.
All dishes are served 'tapas' / 'mezze' style so guests can savour an array of Pakistani cuisine. The food is centred around creating a true appreciation of spices rather than just hot curries that people are accustomed to in most sub-continental restaurants. All dishes are based on my home cooking style and recipes handed down to me by my mother and grandmothers', with the addition of fusion spices here and there, though staying true to real Pakistani cooking.
Since the roots of Pakistani cuisine is in North Indian Muslim and Mughal food many recipes are inspired from these cuisines, Additionally I also have interpretations of Pakistani regional specialities done in a home cooked style.
Expect a burst of flavours, colours and an awakening of your taste buds!
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Sumayya completely bowled us over with her Pakistani Street Food supper club. My only other experience of Pakistani food was from a restaurant in London... however, having all these wonderful dishes home-cooked by her was a real education in what this food is all about. Authentic, delicious and full of flavour and spice, this for us was Pakistani food at its best.
The Atmosphere was relaxed and friendly and Sumayya was a wonderful host. I have already suggested to friends of mine to attend another event if she holds one (please do!) to experience Pakistani food at its best.
Sumayya’s cooking is simply, beautiful. Everything smelled and looked so good, and tasted wonderful. The flavours were complex and intricate, yet perfectly balanced.
Not knowing much about Pakistani cuisine, I found it to be an interesting and educational experience. Sumayya told a brief history about each dish, and explained when and where it might be eaten and which spices and ingredients were involved.
Her Rhubarb Kulfi Ice Cream dessert served with Rose and Cardamom-infused Jelly, crushed pistachios and Mango and Honey Compote was out of this world. It may have been one of the best desserts I have ever had. The experience was brought to life by Sumayya’s lovely story of the childhood memory of running out of school and buying a refreshing, milky kulfi ice cream from a street vendor.
This was such a wonderful way to be introduced to this elegant and exotic cuisine.
Sumayya warmly welcomed us to her home and what a welcome it was. A meal where we were freed from the constraints of a table (but not of our aching muscles unfortunately) and allowed to talk with everyone around us about anything and everything. It was refreshing.
And the food was simply stunning.
There is no other way to put it. You'll forget forever notions that pakistani food is "the same" as indian, and discover a beautiful bounty of subtle tastes and fascinating spice. The little palate cleansers were a treat and the lovely dessert made me gush. It all felt very simple, something a mother or grandmother would cook, but at the same time, a deep understanding of the spicing and a great deal of effort had gone into producing each dish, as you know would be necessary to produce such triumphant and unapologetically delicious food. A great night out, aided by great company as well.
The food was delicious and beautifully presented. My favourites… well there were many but the aubergine with chickpea sauce and tamarind chutney and the Mash Ki Daal were delicious. The beetroot halwa… not something I would normally have but I’m now converted! The cooling sherbat palate cleanser was beautiful in flavour and I loved the texture that the poppy seeds gave it. An experience I would definitely recommend to anyone; the food was wide in variety packed with flavours. Definitely one to try. I plan on going back!
We were warmly welcomed into Samayya's home with a cocktail to a beautiful floor seated arrangement and traditional Pakistani music. What followed was a feast of never ending delicate dishes, all so wonderfully and subtlety spiced with palate cleansers/refreshers along the way. Infact the Sindhi-style almond, cardamon and Kewra water cooling sherbat was probably a personal highlight! A favourite amongst the guests was the Earl Grey, Saffron and Cardamon Gulab Jaman.