Friday, February 22, 2008
This Friday night I was feeling festive. Mojitos were on the menu. Yeah, I bet many of you wanted to hear about street food, or something more uniquely Thai. Well, my life isn't only noodles and street meats. I wanted a mojito and I wasn't going to pay some exorbitant amount for one at some fancy-schmancy bar. Also, I didn't want to put pants on, and I like making drinks.
While you can't just walk down to the corner and buy a fun and fancy drink, you can but some very nice ingredients to point you in the right direction. For a mojito you need rum, soda, lime, mint, and sugar. A quick trip to the street market gets the fresh ingredients. Luckily I had rum and soda on hand. Who doesn't have a little sugar? For best results, you need caster sugar. I put brown sugar in a food processor to get the fine consistency that is ideal for cocktails.
One of my fondest memories of enjoying mojitos was at a street cafe in the beautiful Grenada, Nicaragua. Nicaragua is the home of Flor De Caña, one of the world's finest rums. Unfortunately, I've never seen it anywhere outside of Nicaragua. What's an American to do? I bought a bottle of Havana Club.
Havana Club is one of the fine rums of Cuba. It's a spirit one will not find in America due to the long standing trade embargo of the small communist island. The government of the recently retired Fidel Castro doesn't think much of political freedoms. For decades Cuba has rightly been accused of human rights violations. Recently, America has also had a recent spate of bad publicity for torturing "enemy combatants" at Guantanamo Bay Naval base. You've gotta watch out for that free press.
Anyhow, after a round of thoroughly enjoyed mojitos, the hunger had gotten out of control. I wanted to walk as little as possible to the nearest food stall. Just in front of my building was a bami cart I visit on occasion. Lucky me.
A bowl of bami haeng was procured to ward off the post cocktail haze. If you think that this is a strange pairing, you're right. Regardless, this was a much needed and enjoyed bowl of noodles.