Scene : Indian restaurant
American colleague pokes and prods with his spoon at something on his plate.
Colleague : So what makes this thing sweet?
I peer into his plate. He is asking about the "kheer".
Me : What do you mean?
Colleague : Well, what is that far-eastern spice that imparts a delicious sweetness to this dish?
Me : Sugar.
Colleague : I thought it was something exotic.
Me : At least sugar is more exotic than high fructose corn syrup.
Colleague : No it isn't.
Me : Ok, what makes it sweet is the dehydrated crystallized juice of the sugarcane plant.
Colleague : See, that wasn't so hard now, was it?