Foodistan (Lahore, Pakistan)

Irfan Rydhan

Recently, I came back from a month long trip to Lahore – the culinary capital of Pakistan.

Lahore, has a wide variety of cuisine, from fancy upscale Italian restaurants to the simple Pakistani village food and everything in between.

A few tips for those of you who may be traveling to Pakistan soon:

1. Get Your Shots – Before you Travel (Currently Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Polio and Malaria are the main diseases in Pakistan)

2. Don’t Drink The Water – unless it’s Bottled and Sealed (Nestle PureLife is the most reliable brand)

3. Don’t Eat Street Food – unless it is fried up, steaming hot, or cooked well done!  Avoid eating anything cold or something made with water.

If you follow those 3 simple rules, you should be fine and not get sick!

Below is a short slideshow of my trip through “Foodistan” aka Lahore this past February.  I hope you enjoy the pictures, as much as I enjoyed eating all the delicious food:)!

Fresh Butter on hand-made Aloo Paratha (Bread stuffed with Potato) in the Pind (Village)
Fresh Butter on hand-made Aloo Paratha (Bread stuffed with Potato) in the Pind (Village)
Nando's Half Chicken Dinner
Nando’s Half Chicken Dinner
Sugarcane Juice Coming out of the Juicing Machine!
Sugarcane Juice Coming out of the Juicing Machine!
Image of SF Bay Area inside the Hardee's Restaurant in Defence, Lahore. Btw, Try the Jalapeno Thickburger at Hardee's - it's the best burger in Pakistan!
Image of SF Bay Area inside the Hardee’s Restaurant in Defence, Lahore. Btw, Try the Jalapeno Thickburger at Hardee’s – it’s the best burger in Pakistan!
Kulfi - frozen Pakistani Dessert made with Cream, Sugar and California Almonds!
Kulfi – frozen Pakistani Dessert made with Cream, Sugar and California Almonds!

 

Steak Dinner from "The Cafe Upstairs" in Lahore, Pakistan
Steak Dinner from “The Cafe Upstairs” in Lahore, Pakistan
Fresh Jilabee (Fried Flour & Syrup) made in the Pind (Village)
Fresh Jilabee (Fried Flour & Syrup) made in the Pind (Village)
Sweet Paan (Beetle Leaf stuffed with nuts, coconut and other good stuff:))
Sweet Paan (Beetle Leaf stuffed with nuts, coconut and other good stuff:))
Fresh Aloo Paratha (Bread stuffed with Potato) made in the Pind (Village)
Fresh Aloo Paratha (Bread stuffed with Potato) made in the Pind (Village)
the sugarcane juice is coming out!
the sugarcane juice is coming out!

 

Jumbo Jilabee (Fried Flour & Syrup)
Jumbo Jilabee (Fried Flour & Syrup)
Sugarcane Truck on it's way into town
Sugarcane Truck on it’s way into town
Fresh Carrots from the Pind (Village)
Fresh Carrots from the Pind (Village)
Fresh Oranges from the Pind (Village)
Fresh Oranges from the Pind (Village)
Pakistani Chai (Tea) at the Lahore Airport
Pakistani Chai (Tea) at the Lahore Airport

 

Filet Mignon Steak Dinner from "Cafe Aylanto" in Lahore, Pakistan
Filet Mignon Steak Dinner from “Cafe Aylanto” in Lahore, Pakistan
Falooda - Pakistani Dessert made with Kulfi, ice cream, noodles and pistachios!
Falooda – Pakistani Dessert made with Kulfi, ice cream, noodles and pistachios!
Backside view of a sugarcane truck on it's way into town
Backside view of a sugarcane truck on it’s way into town
Old School Pakistani Hookah (Tobacco Water Pipe)
Old School Pakistani Hookah (Tobacco Water Pipe)
Making Fresh Jilabee (Fried Flour & Syrup) in the Pind (Village)
Making Fresh Jilabee (Fried Flour & Syrup) in the Pind (Village)

 

Making Fresh Aloo Pakoras (Fried Potato Dumplings) on a wood stove in the Pind (Village)
Making Fresh Aloo Pakoras (Fried Potato Dumplings) on a wood stove in the Pind (Village)
Fresh Buffalo Milk is creamier and tastier than cow milk!
Fresh Buffalo Milk is creamier and tastier than cow milk!
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5 responses to “Foodistan (Lahore, Pakistan)

  1. the fear of drinking tap water in lahore is exaggerated, lahore’s water is reasonably good quality from the start and the possible contaminations on the way (dirt, via the storing of ice) is not going to kill anyone. rather the fact the Nestle is able to create a monopoly on this otherwise free resource is problematic.

    also eating street food in the country for more than five years now with a non-local stomach hasn’t done me any harm yet.

    • Spot on, to me it looks like more of a status problem than the actual problem itself. Somebody needs to go, check the conditions of the kitchen all these posh restaurants and, also please check out the fines that are usually slammed on them for the poor hygienic standards every now and then.

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  3. I miss Lahore! And looks like you didnt go to Zouk. How could you? Lol…it’s one of the best places to have food in Lahore!

  4. ..and of visit my blog too if you get time. I’m still new :)
    http://www.lahorefoodloveetc.wordpress.com

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