You know where ever I have gone I always hear people make general statements about places they have never seen, or they only experience a tiny fraction of the place.
In Korea the latter is what you will find when you talk to most Koreans about places they visit. It goes something like this...Korean wishes to travel...gets a large group of his/her friends, or just signs up for a tour. They travel to...lets say Germany. Very few in the group can speak any passable English, or German but that is ok..the Guide can translate.
They look around do the usual tourist things...taking pics and what not. But...it stops there. Usually Koreans prefer Korean food abroad, it is rare to find Koreans who are very adventurous...a former teacher Sue comes to mind. She is a bit encentric, warm hearted, but....the most adventurous of all of our Korean staff. She and others like her are rare.
Going back to our tour group. They may try German food....but likely since it differs from Korean food...they will give it a thumbs down. Then run to a Korean resturant. This has caused a real market for opening Korean resturants in foriegn countries.
I want to introduce you to Indian Sweets! In this small way we can educate ourselves so as not to think: India=curry.
One common factor..Abu, or Tatul please correct me here, is that most Indian sweets are made from milk. Cooked for varying lengths of time. Actually I ask Yogita to fill in more here, or Abu.
One thing I notice is that some sweets are actually covered in silver! Very thin sheets of silver.
I have some pics.....now if you notice the orange sweet is made from flour, butter, lentils and sugar..it is the cheapest sweet in this shop. The black balls with silver on them....aahhh my favorite....well..one of my favorites...gulab jammun. This is made from milk....made into a dough, and put in a sweet and tasty sugar syrup.....it tastes sort of like...donughts.
Not all sweets are made from milk, or has milk as the main ingrediant, the silver covered bars are actually made from cashews that have been made into a paste. It tastes like a light peanut butter.
Well I hope yogita can jump in and clarify more.....i will post more pics of the sweets later today.