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Field day for foodies at fest

Shillong, March 5: Among several attractions at the 15th International Shillong Trade Fair, Thai and Pakistani delicacies seem to have captivated food lovers.

Thai Kitchen, Karachi Darbar and Delhi Darbar have been able to attract those who have set foot at the fair venue in Madan Iewrynghep at Laitumkhrah.

Prinya Jarusirivat from Thailand and Mohammed Ashif from Pakistan were seen busy preparing Thai chicken noodles, Thai green curry and traditional kebabs, biryani and korma.

The fair is being organised by the Industries and Trade Fair Association of Assam (NE region) in association with the Meghalaya government and National Small Industries Corporation Ltd. It will continue till March 11.

“I have deliberately kept the prices of food items at the fair equal to what I charge in Thailand. The reason is because I want to foster friendly relations with Indian customers,” Prinya said.

While the 30-member Thai delegation is busy forging business relations for exports, Prinya is busy catering to Shillongites who are flocking to her kitchen.

Ashif of Karachi Darbar said the love of Shillong foodies had brought the Pakistani delegation again to the city. “Many have enjoyed our traditional kebabs, biryanis and kormas,” he said.

He said the spices that he had brought from across the border and his unique way of preparation make the biryani and korma “irresistible”.

“The authentic masala provides the best taste in meat. Our special dishes are prepared over a long period of time so that all the flavours are absorbed well,” he pointed out.

Secretary of the ITFAA Rajeev Das said the rush has been “phenomenal”. According to him, Thai and Pakistani dishes run out of stock at a quick pace.

Stalls from Myanmar, Thailand, Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Africa and Egypt have been put up on the fair premises.

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