Behind The Smoke
The appetizing aroma of roasting meat, spices burning with the coal, Kababs Barbequing and parathas so fresh and tender they melt in your mouth. Isn’t all this irresistible and magical ?

But do we ever notice the people behind this smoke of burning coal, who work so hard only to provide for their families a humble meal.

24 Comments so far

  1. Sufi (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 1:12 am

    Yeah I do notice that, and I try giving em 20-50 rupees if I like the food they cook. Life is hard for them, but so it is for everyone else.

  2. Mariam (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 3:12 am

    Indeed very true.
    When I see people who work Dawn to Dusk tirelessly and still can’t able to provide decent meal to their loved ones. We need some kind of minimum wage laws in Pakistan.

  3. Faisal (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 5:18 am

    Actually this post made me think more about dinner at Bundoo Khan rather than the minimum
    wage issue. Those delicate melt-in-your-mouth
    seekh kababs that literally disintegrate the
    moment they touch your tongue, those moist and
    juicy chicken tikkas (“seenay” ka piece, if you please), those flaky parathas that must be ordered just a few at a time in order to truly enjoy them, those delectable morsels otherwise known as a plate of chicken liver and to end this gastronomical feast, some garam, garam halwa…..I’m salivating right now….truly an orgasmic experience!

    But seriously,

    “of roosting meet” should be “of roasting meat”.

  4. Jamash (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 10:00 am

    Faisal, thank you, I have made the correction :)

  5. Farhan (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 10:55 am

    Talking about food I had Nehari in the morning from Malik Hotel Burns Road , Kia Bong ki boti thi maza aagya , Nehari ( Maghaz and Nali wali )with Lalroti followed by LAssi , I am still half asleep in my office .

  6. striker (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 11:04 am


  7. u (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 12:02 pm

    Hey..wud somone giv me some infos about good resturants in khi ,as i will be visitng khi very soon and will be there for only two weeks so its better to have some info in advance :)(heard of copper kettle is that a good one?

  8. MB (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 4:22 pm

    @MARIAM : Minimum wage laws in Pakistan ?. Its already there and the amount is too shit to mention. The person who decided that amount is for sure a moron who eats grass & who’s feet is not on the ground.

  9. zahra (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 5:07 pm

    @FAISAL: so you’ve brought your english correcting skills to this thread as well…??
    actually i was just going to point out the “roosting” thing myself!

  10. Jamash (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 5:33 pm

    @Zehra :) … Thank you for pointing out “roosting” , Ill just correct it… and feel free to point out our errors, we value your suggestions and corrections :)

  11. JAY (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 5:45 pm

    Damn i miss waheed’s kabab fry at burns road.

  12. Kashif (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 6:29 pm

    Javed Nihari rocks

  13. zahra (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 7:35 pm

    @jamash, appreciate your spirit! thanks, and man, please have MERCY on us lot -not living in pakistan!!-such posts are killers!! kya karain na ghar ka khana na apnay log, kyon tarsaa tay ho?? :(

  14. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 8:18 pm

    Farhan I never tried that malik nehari, where exactly it is at Burns Rd? i have tried Jawed[sucks now],Sabri[Vomot] and Delhi Nehari at Hyderi[still better] but never heard of Malik.

  15. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 8:31 pm

    @U: What do you mean by Good resturants? if you are a guy, you have infinite choices of having good meal, from Alhabib/Sajjad in Superhighway to Evolution in defence.

  16. JAY (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 8:41 pm

    BTW, anybody knows what happened to Hot Ice Cafe ?? The one at bahadurabad, in the basement of Chase departmental store ?? Good old memories…they had great food and nice environment.They also had a dance floor and a DJ as well whom you can give your requests while having you’re meal.Did they open elsewhere ?

  17. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 8:58 pm

    Zahra, you don’t get ghar ka khana? kaise naari ho k khana pakana nahi ataaa?????

  18. zahra (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 9:18 pm

    adnan, im not defending my culinary skills, but you try cooking proper desi food where i live, try getting the masalas, the right intgredients, the tiniest of things go into making our food, you will only appreciate that only when you’re away from home…this mirch and that mirch, rai kay daanay, food colouring, dhania ka pattay (i mean even dhanya has leaves, what the..), kala masala with all its different members, bari ilaichi, choti ilachi, imlee, dried aloo bokharas, blah blah, blah…

    and then again im not the great a cook..:) and please dont give me that dadi’s talk of “larki ko khana pakana aana chaheye…” jab time aye gaa to seekh loon ge naa, dadijaan…

    lol, for now- 2 min noodles zindabad ;)

  19. Mariam (unregistered) on November 19th, 2006 @ 5:38 am


    Mimnimum wage: How much is it?

    I heard Blair is in Pakistan with lot of funds. Does that money really helping to educate the public as govt. claims or rulers are pocketting it themselves.

  20. xia (unregistered) on November 19th, 2006 @ 8:57 am

    It is sad to hear that Javiad nehari sucks (Adnan S.) I really liked that one.
    And it is so easy to cook desi food now with Shan international. hehe. Those masalas are avaialable everywhere. Even in some Mexican stores they are selling those masalas. I know some arabs who are hooked to them as well.
    I wish that those who make our food at these restaurants/dhabass earn what they deserve.

  21. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 19th, 2006 @ 10:19 am

    ZAHRA: jab SHAAN hey tu kia baat hay. When Paris Hilton could cook a dish with the help of Shaan masala then why not you?:>

  22. Murtaza (unregistered) on November 19th, 2006 @ 12:22 pm

    I saw that episode! what a mess!

  23. zahra (unregistered) on November 19th, 2006 @ 9:38 pm

    ok i didnt see that eprisode either, whichever show we’re talking about, but hey im out of shaan masala man, any other tips?? (and we dont get any wehere i live….far flung, isolated place man, no desis whatsoever)

  24. wasiq (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 4:53 am

    #1.the kitchens of a good resturant should never be open to public ogling….!

    #2.the smoky joints from where i get it are all owned by some HAJI and all the staff from top to bottom are his Biologicals….

    #3.most of the time standing in line waiting for my parcel(take-out),i feel more humbled thinking that after finishing their jobs at mid-night they will go home to a HOME COOKED MEAL and a warm bed……! OUCH it hurts….:-p

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