By Iki Tada
Asian cuisine is a sum of many complex flavors of a heavenly amalgam of spices, and a cooking style that is a blend of quick stir frying, steaming and deep frying. Over the past three to four years, the single most dominant food trend in India is that of East-Asian-flavours, not just from China and Hong Kong but also Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, Burma.Of course, this does not include the home grown version of the Indian-Chinese cuisine, that so many of us found comfort in while growing up. The staple menu pick of the Millennial’s has changed already. Instead of the all-time favorite Sweet Corn Soup and Chilli Chicken, they opt for pork belly, sushi, sashimi.
The pan Asian restaurant House of Soy at the Radisson Blu situated a little beyond the Faridabad tollbooth is yet another offering in the NCR region of Delhi. The place exudes an aura of a ‘shared experience’ – from the restaurant’s comfort and conviviality to its fantastic hot aromatic pan Asian delicacies specially curated by Executive Chef Avanish Jain with his expert oriental Chef’s team.
The extensive menu showcases a wide selection of oriental Chinese, Thai and Japanese cuisine featuring the choicest of Asian cuisines to engage and delight food connoisseurs. Geared towards the Indian palate, the food choices have been selected keeping in mind the sensibilities of a food savvy and well-travelled Indian.
The food is plated and styled in a contemporary and sophisticated manner. The well-balanced menu features a smorgasbord of choices for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. The range of appetizers was innovative and extensive, with ample entrees for the Vegetarians as well. For instance, Miang Kham-a betel leaf stuffed with lime, chilli, peanuts, shallots, coconut and tamarind jam – was a burst of flavours and textures, the sourness of the lime and sweetish tamarind jam.
My veg companion was delighted with the Sushi platter, with Californian, Uramaki, Kappamaki served with wasabi. In the non-veg section, Chef Avanish has taken into account the preference of the population in these parts for chicken, lamb, pork and has it all. The slow cooked pork belly Thai dish Moo Sarm Khun Nai Sauce Prik (the names….I had to jot down) was perfect in its flavours. The sea-food dishes are ample too. Pan seared fish cakes, and the Sushi platter with salmon, crab, ebi told a tale. The Prawn Har Gow had the steamed crystal prawns wrapped in wheat starch sheet.
There was comfort in finding the familiar soups like Lemon Coriander, Hot & Sour and Sweet Corn. Seems that is what the popular demand is for!
My personal favourites were the Diced Chicken with Water Chestnut, Lobster Butter Pepper Garlic and the Chef’s Special Jasmine sticky rice – Khao Niao, Clay pot lamb, Sweet and sour pork.
This principle of balance extends into the dessert selection as well, which features a well-matched juxtaposition of hot and cold options. Elements such as the Fried Ice cream, Date Pancakes and Lemongrass Tiramisu round off the meal on a sweet note.
Adding a dash of drama and perfectly complementing the oriental fare, is the meticulously planned beverage menu featuring both classic and innovative mocktails. We got to taste the entire range, thanks to the Chef, who served it in shot-glasses.
House of Soy is surely a melting pot of Asian cuisines making it a must try gastronomic destination.
Monday- Friday – 7pm to 11:30pm
Saturday and Sunday – 12:30pm -3pm and
Address:Sector 20-B Mathura Road, Faridabad, Haryana 121001