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Did you know that you can actually rent a cycle and tour the Kangla Fort? Well that’s another story and before we get into it, let us tell you about a road trip to Singda that got cut short at Phayeng. A couple of weekends earlier we took off on an impromptu road trip to Singda, just following the road soaking up the evening landscape.

As we drove towards Singda, a picturesque quaint small village known for great landscape views and the water reservoir dam next to it, the landscape slowly changed from jam packed concrete structures to empty fields rolling up to small hillocks spread over the horizon. The road turned less crowded and the air was cool and pleasant. The sun was setting over the horizon, the view was astounding as the sun slipped behind the rolling hills and the empty fields bore an almost nonchalant and ignorant feel as we approached Phayeng, yet another sleepy village before reaching Singda and notoriously famous for its local rice brew and unique way of preparing meat. We were talking about Phayeng and its classic ingenuity. And most of our conversations nonchalantly ended or revolved around the rice brew. Maybe it was the weekend frenzy. The next few thoughts and conversations could be summed in the following few lines…

Rice brew on a weekend? Of course! Why not?

It could have been an involuntary or partially voluntary response and we decided to cut short our trip to Singda and instead took a quick detour at Phayeng to sample the local brew and food. What usually used to be a crowded hideout was sparingly empty but we anyway made ourselves comfortable and took a nice spot right next to the window. We ordered the best brew they had. And here’s what followed after that in a few pictures.

Now just a disclaimer: The food and the ambience might not be for the diet conscious and those with a queasy appetite. But if you got the appetite and the zest for exploring new places and eating habits, this might just be another one of those wow experiences or maybe not.

The road to Sendra

The road to Singda

A view from Phayeng

A view from Phayeng

DIY grill made from an old table fan cover

DIY grill made from an old table fan cover

Cutting up the meat chunks

Cutting up the meat chunks

BBQ Pork chunks

BBQ Pork chunks

The spread - beef, pork, greens, & rice brew

The spread – beef, pork, greens, & rice brew

Steamed beef

Steamed beef

The watchdog at the local brewery

The watchdog at the local brewery

We had a great evening of  local rice brew sampling and the gluttony of meat chunks a la Phayeng style. It was an eye opening experience for us mainly from a food travel perspective. That’s it from our end this week.

And oh yeah, we almost forgot. You can rent a cycle for 10 INR for half an hour and tour Kangla Fort. You can ask one of the guys at the entrance gate for the cycle. It’s quite a fun thing to do. So next time you are in Kangla and want to do some cycling, you know what to do. Until next time so long and safe travels.

 

P.S. Leave us a note or call us if you want to arrange a Phayeng evening while you are in Imphal.