The Raj Pavilion Looks East
This Republic Day Parade in India will be a historical first of sorts. Instead of featuring one head of state as the guest, the country has invited ten different heads of state from the ASEAN countries. Keeping up with the trend, the team at the Raj Pavilion at ITC Windsor have put together a short food festival that showcases delicacies from each of the participating countries, covering Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei. I was invited on Monday evening to sample some of the fare.
Our meal began with the Larb Gai, a Thai-inspired chicken salad. Using classic Thai ingredients like kaffir lime, lemongrass, chillies, etc. the salad served was refreshing. It needed a bit more lime to push the freshness. While the real deal served in Thailand is a lot spicier, I wasn’t unhappy with this dish. The Larb Gai was followed by the Laksa, a favourite of mine which was introduced during the new menu launch. With versions from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore, this Laksa was closer to what I believe is the Singaporean style. (Note to self – Singapore needs a backpacking trip). Simple, yet satisfying.
Next up, was a trio of satays spanning chicken, lamb and vegetables. I’ll admit that the vegetables were my favourite. And the peanut sauce was spot on. The Soy Glazed Chicken with Singapore Noodles was my favourite dish of the day. The soy sauce was immaculate. The chef described a rather detailed process which I can’t quite remember, but the proof of the pudding… or the sauce... was in the eating. We were rather generous with the amounts of sauce we poured over the tender morsels of chicken. I’d definitely go back for seconds.
The Chicken Rendang with Burnt Garlic Fried Rice was just a tad disappointing for the simple fact that all the rendang I’ve had in the past was with lamb or the bovine animal that shall not be named. While the spices and overall flavour was good, the replacement of the meat with chicken didn’t quite work for me.
Dessert brought us back to Thailand with the Thapthim Krop. The dish brought back delightful memories from my trips to the country.
These dishes are integrated into the regular dinner buffet at the Raj Pavilion. We were served it in the manner you see in the pictures. This festival is the first time I recollect the team venturing into the Asian food territory. It’s a definitely a step in the right direction. The festival is on till the Republic Day weekend at the Raj Pavilion.