US Ambassador Eric Garcetti said on Wednesday that he enjoyed “vada pav” served to him by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde during his visit to Mumbai.
Known as the Indian burger, Vada pav is a popular street food. Spiced potato dumplings are dipped in Besan batter, fried and then served with pav (a soft and puffy bread made with plain flour and dry yeast) as a snack.
Speaking to reporters in Mumbai, Garcetti said he was delighted that Mr. Shinde not only gave him a vada pav but insisted he get it.
“Oh my god! The vada pav you get here is better than anywhere else. It’s fresh. The one the prime minister served me. Not only did he serve it to me, but he let me eat it.
“I’m so glad he insisted because it was (blowing a kiss in the air) a kiss from the chef! It was amazing! My wife, who is still in America, asked me how I felt. One word : full. I ate a lot. I enjoyed a lot. Whether it was in the cafes or in the Taj Mahal (hotel). This is definitely a global cultural capital and one of the culinary capitals of the world.” he said.
The chef’s kiss is a gesture and expression meant to show that something is perfect or excellent.
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