Street Number 47, China Town Kolkata to Bhopal.
Hello Fellow Chatoras,
This time I won’t say, it’s been a long time. I’m happy as there are so many food festivals coming up every now and then and therefore I’ve been buried under a work avalanche wherein, I’m just eating, clicking pictures and writing. Such an amazing life, no ?? 😛 Anyways, kick-started the month with tongue ticking Chinese food. Courtyard by Marriott is hosting a 10 days food festival bringing the famous China Town of Kolkata to Bhopal.
Did You Know: Kolkata is the ONLY city in India to have a China Town. Well, that justifies the name “City Of Joy” if you are a food lover. 😉
Be ready to have an extraordinary experience of tasting Chinatown Tangra’s sweet and spicy Hakka cuisine with a classic glance of perfection as Courtyard Marriott organizes a 10-day food festival ‘Street No. 47′ which is quite famous for its cuisine and that is why the fest is named on the street itself.
For those who love the Indianized Chinese for its spices, this menu is a perfect excuse for indulgence. The masterful mix of Garlic, Onions, Sichuan Peppers and Chinese sauces. The sweet, sour, pungent, hot, salty and spicy flavors are incorporated deftly so that Bhopal food lovers enjoy every bit of it.
In order to serve authentic taste Courtyard Marriott has Hakka Cuisine specialist Chef Itaa Singh Lepcha who is currently associated with J. W. Marriott, Kolkata. He started his journey from Kolkata’s China Town itself. He will be assisted by the in-house chef Mr. Bharath Basel.
Conversing with Chef Itaa, he mentioned that, “Years back the natives of Hakka/Han China province moved to this region for business and trade. Many of them settled in Kolkata. Their food was adopted by the locals with a Desi twist and it became a hit.”
Hotel is decked up just like China Town and it sure looks more eye-catchy then usual.
Moving forward to my favourite part, which is Hogging and here it goes:
Tangra Manchow Soup:
Manchow soup is a very popular Chinese soup. It’s a thick soup with plenty of finely chopped vegetables that are simmered in a broth which contains ginger, garlic, and mint. All these flavors make this soup very refreshing and the aromas truly awaken your senses. Spicy and absolutely delicious!
Manchurian Dry: Vegetarian Manchurian, a principal indo-chinese dish! It is a result of Indian ingredients and Chinese cooking style and is a wonderful fusion of flavors. Manchurian does have an invigorating charm that captivates anybody. A mixture of crunchy veggies, shaped into balls and deep-fried, and then tossed with an assortment of sauces and flavor enhancers like ginger, green chillies, and garlic.
Stir Fried Fish in Black Bean Sauce: Stir Fried Fish with Black Bean Sauce is a popular Chinese dish. Black bean sauce had a pungent condiment that imparted a distinct flavor. The fish was perfectly fried therefore it was crispy, savory and flavourful.
Drums of Heaven- Tangra Style: A slight twist to the Chicken Lollipop. The chicken wings are fried and tossed in schezwan sauce. The schezwan sauce made the chicken very succulent and flavoursome.
Salt & Pepper Crispy Fried Vegetables: Another very popular Indo-Chinese cuisine. The fried veggies are sautéed with tongue-tickling Schezwan sauce, spring onions and garlic, to give it a typical Oriental touch. I somehow felt something was missing and that was because all other starters were pretty spicy and this one was bland to me. It could’ve been a bit spicier to give it a proper indo-chinese taste. Though I shared the feedback with the Chef and I was assured that they’ll change it.
Paneer Chilli in Hunan Sauce: Hunan cuisine, also known as Xiang cuisine originating from western Hunan province in China is one of the Eight Great Traditions of Chinese cuisine and is well known for its hot spicy flavor, fresh aroma, and deep color. Cottage cheese or Paneer pieces cooked in a sauce made from garlic, red chillies, ginger, spring onions, black pepper and vinegar which made it spicy along with deep brown colour.
Thukpa: Thukpa is Tibetan soup pretty famous in China Town Kolkata, which is basically a noodle soup with loads of vegetables and seasonings. Vegetables like cabbage and capsicum contribute their sharp flavors to the soup, soy sauce does its bit in perking it up further.
Tangra Chilli Garlic Noodles: Chilli Garlic Noodles is a famous Chinese dish. The noodles had a strong flavor of chilli and garlic. This lip-smacking dish is a must-try for all the garlic lovers out there as it has a strong and piquant aroma of garlic and a fiery taste.
Broccoli, Corn and Water chestnut in chilli bean sauce: The broccoli, corn, and water chestnut stir-fry also look very appealing when cooked in Black bean sauce. As I mentioned earlier that the black bean sauce has a pungent condiment that brings a distinct flavor to any dish. This lip-smacking oriental delicacy is a treat to your tongue for its sweet and sour flavor. Pair it with Fried rice.
Stir Fried Asian Greens: I’m a huge fan of Stir-fried vegetables. The flair with which the ingredients were tossed and the aroma that aroused from the ingredients was just divine. The vegetables were cooked moderately and therefore they retained their original texture and flavor.
Chicken Chilli Dragon Sauce: Dragon chicken is an Indo-Chinese dish that consists of boneless chicken breast, fried and mixed with a spicy red sauce. Succulent chicken in spicy sauce paired with fried rice makes it a drool-worthy dish!
Golden Garlic Butter Fried Rice: For those who love the lip-smacking fieriness of Chinese cuisine, this is a must try for you. The delectable blend of peppers and garlic is enough to satiate Indianized taste buds. At this point, I began to feel a slight tingling sensation in my mouth and a few alarm bells rang and I realized I mixed the chilli bean sauce and dragon chicken sauce together and it turned out to be super spicy. *Facepalm*
Bao Bun: Fluffy bao buns are what dreams are made of! <3
The reason they are so soft and succulent is that the buns are steamed and not baked! So happy to see buns in Bhopal. I’ve been missing it a lot.
The bun was stuffed with a tangy and spicy mixture of cottage cheese, onions, green chilies, tomato etc. The outcome is astonishing!!
A soft bun with a paneer-packed center, which excites your palate with its enticing texture and sharp flavor. THE BEST DISH OF THE FESTIVAL.
Momos top the list when it comes to Oriental cuisine. They are drooling and versatile, packed with different-different ingredients that is sure to delight your palate. I had Corn & shiitake, vegetable momos, and chicken momos. All of them were delectable. Perfectly steamed and I relished it with the spicy chutneys for that extra zing!! 😉
After this bold and spicy affair, I was majorly craving for dessert to snooze those alarm bells which were ringing because of the spicy food.
Mango and Sago – Coconut pudding:
Both the desserts were light and perfect for summers with Mango being the star of the season. Sago coconut pudding was light, creamy and not too sweet. Both the desserts were top notch when it comes to sweetness and texture. All the pepper alarming bells with automatically snooze. A perfect dessert to end the meal!!
Totally loved it!
The Chinese food festival brings to the table, quite literally what the tagra style cuisine is about. The Indianized flavors are sure to win the hearts of Bhopal food lovers so Do Not Miss!!
Till then, Happy Hogging!!
Thank you Prakruti, Ravinder Jee and Bhaskar for the invite. <3
Thank you, Mr. Girish, Chef Ravinder, Mr. Alok, Bhaskar & team for a spectacular experience every time.
P.S. The author was invited and the reviews are personal.
Tastes are subjective and may differ from person to person.
Date: 04th May 2018 to 13th May 2018
Place: Momo Cafe, Courtyard by Marriott, Bhopal.
Timing: Buffet Dinner from 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Valet Parking: Available
For Reservations Call: Bhaskar – 8349101524
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