Round two with Jagdish Singh, exec chef of India's Castle: expansion into downtown Denver
This is part two of my interview with Jagdish Singh, exec chef of India's Castle; part one of our interview ran yesterday.
Favorite Denver/Boulder restaurant other than your own: Tuk Tuk. What I love about this place is its sesame chicken -- I've had sesame chicken at countless places, but their sesame sauce is so delicious that I usually have to sit for a second and appreciate the taste and the quality of the food before I engulf my meal.
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Most memorable meal you've ever had: Last year when I went to India to visit my family. It was the first time I'd gone back home after ten years of being abroad. My sister planned a big family dinner -- she's a great cook -- and we all ate together in the old dining room where we used to eat when we were kids. It brought back so many childhood memories and the valuable times that I spent with my mother and father, who are both no more.
Favorite childhood food memory: Sitting in the kitchen with my mom and watching her make some of the tastiest food I've ever had in my life.
Favorite cheap eat in Denver: Anthony's Pizza. I love pizza, and Anthony's does a pretty good job in keeping their pizza consistent at all of their locations. Then again, I like pizza from just about anywhere. There is a new place that just opened up on Arapahoe called Jerome's Pizza; I need to check that place out.
If you could change one thing about the Denver dining scene, what would it be? I believe Denver has a wonderful variety of places to eat -- places that are off the beaten path that don't get nearly as much exposure as they should. I think if we focused a little more on those places, it would really impact everyone in a positive manner.
Favorite junk food: Salted peanuts, but I guess those are healthy.
What's the best food- or kitchen-related gift you've been given? A lemon-juice squeezer. I've always used my hand to squeeze lemons, but my partner recently purchased a lemon squeezer, and it's pretty cool. They'll squeeze the crap out of a lemon until it's just a peel -- it's very efficient.