Shillong, January 6, 2017
For the second time, two young ladies who started ‘Meraki’ in Mumbai are bringing their culinary expertise to Shillong.
Aptly named as ‘North by Northeast’, this pop up will present traditional recipes from the northern hills and Meraki’s very own creations using indigenous ingredients on the platter by co-founder of Meraki, Teiskhem Lynrah. Meraki shall be taking over the kitchens of the newly opened Nudel restaurant in Laitumkhrah, Shillong this Sunday (January 7) from 7pm-9pm.
“We are bringing food from the hills of Uttrakhand, Nepal and Himachal Pradesh and also a few inventions of our own”, informed Tei.
It may be mentioned that this is the second pop up kitchen in Shillong organized by Meraki, the first one being on October 22, 2017 in Shillong known as ‘Muse by Meraki’.
Earlier, speaking more about this venture which first took flight in Mumbai in 2015, Teiskhem Lynrah told TNT- The Northeast Today that she along with her friend and co-founder, Pooja Pangtey from Kumaon Hills started “Meraki”which serves cuisines from the hills to city folks. Meraki basically aims to preserve the recipes and techniques of cooking rare vegetable species and clean, organic food from the hills and introduce them to cities.
“There is a high demand of organic, healthy and clean food in the cities, and we, being from the hills are lucky enough to always have fresh, organic produce with health benefits easily available everywhere”, says Tei.
TNT could manage to steal some menu items for its readers and here they are:
Meraki signature recipes
Appetizer: Beef Roast
Douchi Smoked Pork
Kumaoni Chukh Maach (just to name a few)
Accompanied with the above are side dishes that interestingly include Nepalese Mula ko achar (Radish Salad), Pahaadi Daal with Jumboo among many others.
The desserts and beverages include Meraki’s signature pudding and 2 Meraki signature thirst quencherswhich we will not disclose as of now.
When asked about the biggest challenges Meraki have had to face while running pop-up kitchens, Teiskhem said, “Transporting fresh, degradable produce to the cities is the biggest challenge so far. However, using methods and techniques to keep them fresh also serves as an opportunity for us to earn how to preserve food naturally.
When asked about Meraki’s future plans, Teiskhem said excitedly, “Another thing that we love as much as cooking is travelling and our plan is to travel to other hill communities. We would love to get a chance to live with the locals, learn about their cuisines and ingredients and come back with new recipes and stories for our city guests”
Do drop in at The Nudel this Sunday to be part of Meraki’s second pop up in Shillong on January 7 from 7pm to 9pm.
READ MORE ABOUT MERAKI HERE- Meraki : Khasi/Kumaoni Pop-up at Bandra, Mumbai