Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi on Hawaii, tropical cuisine, and watching Sam and Elia's exits.

on Jan 23, 2007

padmasblog_212_11.jpg padmasblog_212_14.jpg

Ilan did the most ambitious dish, using taro with morcilla and squid. My main problem with Ilan's dish is that the fibers caught themselves in the back of my throat, feeling itchy and causing the reaction chef Wong warned him about. It felt like eating the peel of a kiwi fruit. The flavor of the morcilla permeated the whole dish, and the squid had a nice texture and was cooked well, but that scratch kind of ruined it for me.