When you get an invite from Hyatt Regency, Kolkata to come and taste food from countries like Malaysia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Vietnam etc, it is hard to resist? And why? Because, No 1, the menu of the Pan-Asian Food Festival at Waterside Cafe is being curated by Chef Bikram Das whose specialty is Pan-Asian cuisine. No 2, you have things like Char Sue Pork, Bun Cha, Pandana Chicken, Hor Mok, Dimsums etc in the menu and No 3, it is at Waterside Cafe, and you know that the food will be great.
The festival is on till 2nd October as part of the lunch and dinner buffet. The menu will keep changing everyday and different dishes from Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, China and Thailand will make an appearance. At the day of the tasting, I started off my meal with a hot bowl of minced chicken soup. Generous portions of minced chicken with cooked peas and egg whites made up that bowl of ‘soul food’. It is quite a heavy soup so you might want to go easy on the helpings if you want to enjoy the rest of the dishes. Dimsums are an integral part of Pan-Asian cuisine and the Chef got two varieties for us. One with a broccoli filling and the other with chicken. Along with the dimsums came a variety of sauces with chillies, garlic and chives.
In the mains, I loved the Steamed Fish. Usually, steamed dishes turn out to be quite bland but this had a beautiful balance of sweet, spicy and tangy flavors. Other favorites were a dish made with prawns and coconut milk, a sweet and smoky Barbeque Lamb and the slightly spicy Saigon Beef with lotus stems. These were accompanied by noodles and a lovely fragrant sticky rice. If you crave for something sweet at the end of a meal, the dessert selection will bowl you over and no, they are not Asian desserts. I loved the Chocolate Tulip cake and of course, the ice creams 🙂
If you love Asian food, this festival should not be missed! The Pan-Asian Food Festival At Waterside Cafe, Hyatt Regency will continue till 2nd October and the lunch and dinner buffet is priced at Rs 1650+ taxes.