Samae baji ($6) is a Nepali variety plate featuring beaten rice. The baji itself, made by flattening uncooked, soaked rice with a mallet, can be incorporated into cooked dishes or, as at Tawa Food, offered as a textural counterpoint to other items.
Above, baji is surrounded by spicy chicken, potato curry, crunchy fried soybeans, and pickled daikon. Below, sel roti (included; $1 purchased a la carte), a rice flour fritter, has a faint sweetness that plays well against the spicier dishes.
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