When Pas Asian cuisine can be relished in the comfort of your office or home without the hassle of cooking, then what more can you ask for?
We recently laid our hands on the newest entrant to the South/Pan Asian delivery outlet – MeKong Bowl. The delivery was on time with neat packaging.
Barbeque chicken dimsums: It is difficult to stop yourself when sweet tasting finely minced chicken is wrapped into thin dimsum skin and served piping hot. Though we wish that the flavour of the barbeque sauce was more pronounced. RECOMMENDED.
Pad Thai Noodles: Moist flat noodles drenched in a tomato based tangy sauce and served with finely chopped onions is indeed your culinary dream come true, but the presence of sprouts and vegetables was sorely missed.
Udon noodle bowl: Ohhh boy, where to start? Subtle tasting slurpy udon noodles served with juicy shiitake and button mushrooms, crunchy baby corns and bak choy leaves with a generous amount of sweet and spicy coconut based gravy – a maelstrom of flavours. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
I think we are delving deep into the fantastic world of South Asian and Oriental cuisine these days after having an over dose of North Indian, Mughlai and Italian over the past few years.
And that is where Pandan Asian Eats comes into the picture. It is always not possible for us to visit a restaurant and gorge on those adorable dimsums and curries, so better to order them, right?
The delivery was before time (clapping for that) and the packaging was sturdy with least chance for spillage and spoiling. Here are the times that we relished:
Pok Pok Wings: Chopped garlic and spring onions compliment chicken wings, but peanuts? That is a bold ingredient to experiment with and let me tell you that the crunchy peanuts went so well with the subtly sweet and spicy juicy chicken that we were asking for more! RECOMMENDED.
Chicken and Thai herb dumplings: Those sliced fiery red chillies will definitely seduce the spice lovers into gorging on these beauties. The minced chicken is equally hot and is balanced by the thick and sticky dumpling skin. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Chicken Green Thai curry with rice: Talking about rice first, I loved the addition of caramelised garlic. It adds so much depth to plain rice and compliments the delicate flavours of the Thai green curry. Moving on to curry, it was flavourful and excellent with the richness of curry leaves, lemongrass and coconut in very bite. The chicken pieces were succulent and fresh. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Wok tossed noodles: Slightly oily but with the unusual flavours of mustard ( I am still clueless as to how did they incorporate mustard in noodles) and the usual sprouts, carrots, cabbage and bok choy leaves. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
So after a long time, we got to experience South Asian/Oriental dishes a few days back and we were pretty impressed with the delivery service of Wok Me. The order came at 7:50pm, 10 minutes before our designated time. How often does that happen?
Neatly packaged in paper boxes with no spill overs, these were the items that we tasted:
Chicken Lemongrass Sio Mai Dimsums: You know the dimsums are unusual when they are adorned with caramelised garlic on top. The thick, sticky, translucent and soft skin enclosing finely minced chicken with lemongrass surely tastes like heaven. The fresh flavour provided by lemongrass is the USP of this dish. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Yum Yum Rolls: True to their names, these vegetarian spring rolls were yummy to the core! The crunchy and flaky exterior and the soft juicy interior consisting of finely julienned cabbage and carrots can inflame your palette. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Make your own Wok Box – Flat Rice noodles in spicy coconut curry: The appearance of these noodles would not entice you since the curry had dried up by the time the order reached us, but the flavours will. The noodles are healthy as they are fashioned from rice and have a velvety smooth texture. The aroma and taste of the coconut gravy is tantalising to your taste buds and the addition of carrot juliennes, cottage cheese cubes, baby corn and shiitake mushrooms makes this a complete meal. The topping of peanuts and sesame seeds is so mouth watering! RECOMMENDED.
Recommendations: The noodles were slightly dry. They could have been moister.
I am loving the way the delivery outlets are proliferating in the Delhi NCR region. Specially when they are experimenting in authentic exotic cuisines. Thai, Asian and Japanese seem to be pretty much in and Hong Kong Express is yet another outlet in the south Delhi circle opening its door to the uber sauve customer.
As claimed by many other outlets, Hong Kong express also belives in fresh preparations but what baffles me the most is their exorbitant quantities. I mean 10 momos in just 180 bucks from a quality outlet? Noi kidding guys, no kidding.
Chicken momos: A soft translucent skin of refined flour enclosing a delicate mixture of minced chicken and chopped onions, green chillies and coriander is sure to entice you. Add to this, the lightness of the momos and you can eat a whole box of them! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Chicken Sui Mai Dimsums: Oh boy! Why did I taste these? Because I could not stop myself from devouring the entire plate! Thin wanton sheets enveloping a mellow minced chicken mixture with the addition of chopped spring onions from three sides and steamed to perfection will definitely haunt you. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Chicken Thai green curry: I am pretty sure that Thai green curry does not appear orange in colour. Nonetheless, it was quite sweet because of overuse of coconut milk and could have used some Thai spices. The refreshing flavour and aroma of lemongrass in combination with the fried curry leaves lends an unmatched authenticity to this dish. RECOMMENDED.
This new property in Delhi is actually a junction of multiple cuisine trains. Spread across a huge area with different sections, this one boasts of a distinct sushi and dimsums bar, The Big Baker with a lovely assortment of desserts, a pizzeria, an outdoor seating area under the shade of trees (full marks for that) and indoor fine dine area. The Junction redefines the word multi-cuisine for you by serving multiple cuisines from all the courses. Here are a few of them that I recently tasted:
Veg pizza: The thinnest crust with a lovely succulency and the chewiness and juiciness of yellow and green zucchinis should not be missed. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Chicken dimsums: The exceptionally thin exterior is attractive but the extremely tangy flavour of the mine chicken mince is not acceptable.
Mushroom wantons: I usually avoid wantons because they are deep fried but I could not keep my hands off this one. The finely chopped mushrooms were enveloped in a chewy exterior whichw as fried to crispy perfection. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
California roll: Their sushis are a must try and this one was a burst of subtle flavours – sweet, tangy and piquant. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Mac n cheese: Ahh, the gooey cheese works its magic again! The al dante macaroni drenched in warm parmesan with bits of chicken is one dish which you would not want to miss! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Veg mezze platter: I have never ever tasted a mezze platter like this one! For the first time, the pita breads were slathered with butter and were soft yet crispy – the characteristic brittleness was absent here. Additionally, the beetroot flavoured dip was ohh-so-delicious! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Prawn dimsums: If you leave the intense watery aroma of prawns aside, the these dimsums are heavenly! The skin and the filling are perfect and better than the chicken ones here.
Chicken and cashewnut dumplings: Who could have thought that the nuttiness and crunchiness of the cashewnuts could be used to innovate the usual chicken dimsums? These guys did and it turned out excellent! And the form of these lovelies are way too attractive. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
“Soi Thai” roughly translates to “Thai street”. As the founders of this wonderful delivery outlet have travelled across various parts of Asia and have also been trained in the region’s food preparation, they decided to set up Soi Thai as the non existence of quality Thai cuisine at optimal rates inspired them.
All their curries, marinades, sauces and pastes are fashioned in house with no addition of preservatives and MSG. You can actually taste the freshness and authenticity of Thai flavours in their dishes. Here are a few of them that I recently tasted:
Tom Kha soup: A tangy soup with the right consistency and coconuty flavour is sure to entice your taste buds. The presence of fresh vegetables – broccoli and carrots with shredded chicken is a lovely add on.
Chicken dimsums: Fine minced chicken grounded with yellow bell peppers and fresh coriander leaves enveloped in a light skin – melt in the mouth goodness.
Tofu and mushroom salad: Finely crushed tofu and mushroom but way too tangy – sourness can be reduced. A bit spicy as well.
Pad Thai Noodles: Excellent creation – a lovely medley of firm noodles, soft chicken, crunchy peanuts and sweet-sour flavour – what more do you want?
Thai yellow curry: Juiciest chicken pieces with cubes of pointed gourd drenched in a thick gravy with coconut milk as base and with a strong flavour of red chillies, black pepper and curry leaves. A perfect accompaniment to the soft sticky rice.
The term FENG-SHUI translates as “wind-water”. It is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonising everyone with the environment. Well, if you visit the Oriental fine dine restaurant lounge by the same name located in the Green Park market, then you will experience a positive aura on their first floo. And when on second floor, you can experience foot tapping music with a live bar and a covered roof – enjoying the external environment with no worries for the extreme weather.
The first outlet of Feng Shuii located in The Gallery,MG Road, Sultanpur was launched in June 2016. After getting an overwhelming response, they have opened another outlet in Green Park main market and here are a few items I tasted there:
Prawn chilli: I am glad that the chefs here have maintained the authenticity of the Asian preparations. The prawns are crispy and chewy in texture and not too chilly rather sweet in taste. Additionally, the bell peppers and onions are perfectly tossed in a hot sauce. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Shrimp dimsums: Soft but a bit smelly and the chopped garlic provides an unusual taste.
Chicken and cheese dimsums: We have seen unique experimentations in the culinary world when it comes to dimums and I am flabbergasted by the addition of cheese to the common chicken dimsums. These were light, luscious and were soft and subtle because of cheese. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Mongolian lamb: A whiff of star anise greets you when this dish is served. However, it could have been better as it was way too chewy and undercooked.
Corn and cheese dimums: Such softness, such delicateness and such finesse in vegetarian dimsums is a feat to achieve. The combination of corn and cheese is as delectable as it can get. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Chicken dimsums: Oh boy, the inclusion of sweet chilli oil in the regular chicken dimsums makes them more soft and melt in the mouth. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.