Oriental meal

“Tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I’ll understand.”
Chinese proverb

Pan Asian, WelcomHotel Sheraton, New DelhiYet another evening well spent with good food midst good company. This time around the Bloggers Table was hosted at Pan Asian for an oriental meal with Japanese Chef Nakamura. It was set to be an interactive dinner, hosted in a private dining room, a lesson or two in Thai/Japanese salads, and maybe a go at the teppan grill.
Pan Asia, WelcomHotel Sheraton, New Delhi We battled New Delhi’s traffic to get there, resorted to the Google Gods to find the way … and walked in slightly late to be greeted by the very courteous and smiling staff at Pan Asian who escorted us to a private dining room reserved for the table.
Pan Asia, WelcomHotel Sheraton, New Delhi 3The evening took off pretty soon with food, food and more food making its way to the table throughout the evening. I overate … really did. Again. The thing with small bites is that you lose control over how much goodness you can embrace; a definite way to overeat.
Pan Asia, WelcomHotel Sheraton, New Delhi The starters were delicious. An assortment of sushis and tempura, dumplings, dipping sauces, pickled vegetables, boiled soy peanuts … the works. Could have been a meal in itself; should have been a meal in itself! We talked, laughed, giggled, wined and nibbled; ate till we were ready to burst.
Chef Hakamura, Pan Asia, WelcomHotel Sheraton, New Delhi Would have loved a live salad demo with Chef Nakamura but that didn’t happen for some reason. We did have a go at the teppan grill. Much to the chefs horror, we managed to char some silken tofu. We also dabbled at yakitori grill. That was fun, the end result of chicken yakitoris, amazing. The simplicity of Japanese street food, the subtle flavours came through beautifully.
Pan Asia, WelcomHotel Sheraton, New Delhi And there was more! I did small taste tests from here on. The Miso Soup was so comforting. Then came duck. It was the first time my tastebuds met ‘duck’! Indeed a nice first meeting with Peking Duck served with Cucumber, Spring Onion, Pancakes And a Chef Special Sauce  ending up in delicious rolls. Mmmmm…!

Pan Asia, WelcomHotel Sheraton, New Delhi There was tonnes to eat, maybe more than we could handle, me at least. By the time the main course arrived, I could barely eat any more.  The  KaengPhak or Green Curry Thai Style was perfect. I loved it, and wished I could have had more. I also loved the Kung Phad Xo or Pan Fried Prawns With Thai Style Chili X.O. Sauce.

Pan Asia, WelcomHotel Sheraton, New Delhi
Pan Asia, WelcomHotel Sheraton, New Delhi 15Crispy Hua or the Stir Fried Sliced Red Snapper Chili Garlic Sauce was the show stopper as it was flambéed  at the table. Neither me nor Ruchira could take a bite as those eyes stared at us while the flames leapt high!

Pan Asia, WelcomHotel Sheraton, New Delhi It was a sticky sweet end to the meal with Fig And Toffee Pudding served with Darsaan or crisp honey noodles. The dessert was absolutely delicious and I couldn’t have asked for a better and more satisfying end to the meal. The whole Pan Asian experience was very nice; the food, the ambiance and the staff, all excellent. Thank you Pan Asian for hosting us!

The others at the table that night were …
Sushmita @ My Unfinished Life
Sangeeta @ Banaras Ka Khana
Ruchira @ Cookaroo
Parul @ The Shirazine
Mukta @ Bake-a-Mania
Aishwarya @ Aishwarya Eats

Kung Hei Fat Choy… Happy CNY. Today begins the Year of the Snake. Hope it brings good luck for all of you!

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