Friday, July 5, 2013

PlateCulture: Lithuanian by Audra & Vita

For folks eager to experience culture through cuisine, PlateCulture is a welcome initiative, dishing out a dizzying diversity of meals prepared by hosts who let strangers into their homes & extend the warm hand of friendship by feeding them.

From Indian to Italian, Chinese to Mauritian, PlateCulture's choices are copious (16 hosts & rising); we headed for the one most unfamiliar in KL, Lithuanian food cooked by Audra & Vita, two amiable ambassadors of their Baltic nation's gastronomic heritage.

With Lithuanian pop music wafting in the background, start this stress-free evening with strikingly pink 'saltibarsciai,' a chilled Lithuanian summer soup, the relatively frigid cousin of borscht, thick with beets, buttermilk, potatoes & hard-boiled eggs.

'Koldunai,' the Eastern European interpretation of dumplings, a beef-filled cross between Chinese wonton & Italian ravioli, served with sour cream & onions.

'Tinginys,' or 'lazy man cake,' a no-bake, cookie-like dessert that's beyond addictive. There's condensed milk in this, there's pure brilliance.

If guests behave themselves, Audra & Vita might even bring out the Lithuanian vodka before capping the night with hot herbal tea. Folks can also bring their own booze at no extra charge.

All things considered, Plate Culture's perfect for foodies who want to socialize. Audra & Vita are the perfect hosts; Lithuanian dinners cost RM50 per person; PlateCulture's website features the booking details.
Lithuanian meals are served in a Bangsar condominium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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30 comments:

  1. This is such a neat concept, Sean! Lovely photos and review, as always!

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    1. Linda: thanks! yep, it's a very enjoyable alternative to eating out at regular restaurants =)

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  2. What an interesting concept! To have hosts with various backgrounds dishing out different cuisines. I'm looking forward to reading about more visits at PlateCulture, and perhaps more interesting cuisines too! :)

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    1. Iamthewitch: yep, plateculture's founders say they hope to have as many as 100 hosts on board by the end of the third quarter. and there are plans to expand to countries like singapore and thailand too, so it'll certainly be exciting! :D

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  3. Lithuanian! That sounds fab!

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    1. The Yum List: oh yes, this made us feel like hopping on a plate to northern/eastern europe and checking out more of the food there :D

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  4. next up, augustdiners breakfast club! teehee! But wow, never tries lithuanian food before, it would be interesting to come out of my comfort zone

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    1. AugustDiners: oh yes, homemade hash browns, pancakes, poached eggs, all the good stuff! i want! :D yeah, this was my first brush with lithuanian too. as long as you're fine with beetroot, the meal should be enjoyable. the flavors aren't too bizarre, heheh =)

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  5. OMG!! Lithuanian food and Vodka! Can't think of anything better to check out this weekend:) Lovely photos.. hope to food is good!

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    1. Ciki: ya, no need to fly to lithuania, since we can enjoy their food right here in bangsar. thanks. i think you'd have a smashing time here! :D

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  6. Interesting dumplings...

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    1. Suituapui: yup, they taste familiar but different at the same time :D

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  7. Certainly a good experience, believe no restaurants serve Lithuanian cuisine in KL?

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    1. Baby Sumo: ya, none that i can think of, but it'll certainly be cool to have a northern/eastern european restaurant open in KL someday! :D

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  8. It was an awesome evening! Thanks for coming and making this evening a memorable! Good company is always welcome & thanks for review and pics!

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    1. Audra: thanks so much for being the best hosts ever. it was a wonderful introduction to plateculture, and i think we learned more about lithuania in one evening than we had in our entire lives. a really fun time and truly delicious food =)

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  9. Love this! They have loads in London, they call them Supper Clubs there, and I always wanted to try one out! I think a Lithuanian dinner is on the cards...

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: there's a definite genius to PlateCulture, the way it gathers all these hosts and cooks under one banner, helping all of them to raise their profile collectively! This might be a revolution in the making :D

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  10. this is very interesting indeed :)

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    1. Sibu: gotta thank these women for bringing this great concept to KL =)

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  11. When are you coming to my place? :P

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    1. Kelly: I'd like to! Yours is definitely on the top five options on the website. Will try to this year, ya =)

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  12. I really love this concept. Real brilliant.

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    1. Sycookies: ya, it's a great way to bring people together through food =)

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  13. I went on Sat before you guys I think :p fell in love with the simple cuisine!

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    1. Babe KL: oooh ya, it'll be interesting to have a full-blown lithuanian feast, to see what other recipes are beloved in this cuisine! :D

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  14. I had Maldives cuisine and u had Lithuanian! I wonder what else there is?? :)

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    1. TNG: so far the others seem to be malaysian and popular western dishes, but here's crossing our fingers that we'll see other cuisines here too. though i guess it might be difficult to get, say, nordic food since many of the ingredients might have to be imported =)

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  15. Interesting! And very affordable too.

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, RM50 (with no taxes) is totally worth it. if we had eaten this at a restaurant, it definitely would have exceeded RM50, i think =)

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