Bringing in a whole new world of authentic Chinese cuisine, a food festival has kicked off at Zaika, the multi-cuisine restaurant at Hotel Pal Heights. With master chefs flown in from Delhi, ‘Chinatown’, as the fest has rightly been named, is serving a wide variety of refreshingly new vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.
Creating the perfect ambience in red in sync with the Chinese style with red paper lanterns hanging all around, red table runners and waiters dressed in red satin costumes, the 11-day festival that started from October 17, besides experimenting with some exotic vegetables, has taken special care for seafood lovers. Jumbo lobsters, jumbo and tiger prawns, large pomfret, deep fried bekti fish and fresh crab in a variety of sauces like shrimp sauce, ginger scallion, chilly oyster and schezwan chilly sauce are some of the major highlights of the festival.
In fact, sauces like plum sauce, soya sauce, black bean and rice wine sauce have been specially arranged from the most authentic producer of the world, Lee Kum Kee Panda, for the festival and are being extensively used in many dishes.
For the chicken aficionados, Chicken Malachi is a must try. Shredded chicken in Chinese Malachi sauce is also the chef’s recommendation. This apart, T. Singhoi Chicken in chilly garlic flavour, Mongolian Chicken and the Chilly Beer Chicken served on a sizzler are some other dishes to look forward to. Even the Chilly Nuts Chicken in starters is something different to experiment with.
The vegetarians have no reason to be disappointed. With use of exotic vegetables like broccoli, chinese cabbage, celery lettuce, bamboo shoot and spring onions, dishes like Twin Corn Brocolli in Devil’s Sauce and assorted vegetables in sauce of your choice are worth trying. This apart, suimais (momos), Konjee Crispy Vegetables and Baby Corn Shangdong are the other appetizing delights.
Even the rice and noodle counter has new entries like the Shanghai fried rice and Teppan veg and non-veg noodles served on a sizzler while desserts include mouth-watering delicacies like toffee lychee, which is fried lychee dipped in honey sauce and date pancakes, all of which combined make it a sumptuous treat at Chinatown!