Minoo organised a field trip to the Nanaksar Gurdwara Gursikh Temple on Westminster Hwy and No.8 Road, Richmond for the last community kitchen meeting. Minoo always brings her oversea guests to this temple as a learning experience. The temple is opened to the public. Minoo had arranged a guide to bring us around and explained to us about the Sikh religion.
The group who attended this field trip was from various kitchens which includes South Arm, Caring Place and Gilmore Park Church Community Kitchens.
We were surprised to learn that the temple is opened 24/7 and there will always be volunteers praying and running the kitchen. All visitors who like to enter the temple will have to wear a scarf or a hat to cover their hair. They provide scarf at the entrance if you dont have one. Shoes are not allowed inside the praying area.
The best part of the tour was the tour to the dining hall. The temple provides free meals and you may make a donation as you wish. The donation box is located in the hallway of the temple. Please note that the food will be served to you, i.e. you are not allowed to scoop the food from the buffet for health safety reason.
The group enjoyed the meal and the learning of one of the religion in our multicultural society.
The food served on the day we were there was a indeed a very nice east Indian meal. It includes …
… home made roti which goes well with some salsa and ….
… some vegetarian curry and …
… some delicious dal. By now you may noticed that Sikhs are vegetarians.
Yogurt was served as a dessert. Sikhs can have dairy products although they are vegetarians.
To complete the meal, there were also salads and some Indians sweets. This is certainly a very educational field trip.