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Smouldering Hot!

Posted by: The Gastronaut on Tuesday September 1, 2015

But few can resist the smoky charms of a perfectly seared shiitake or the roguish char on tender kobe, particularly when you’ve watched them expertly tossed over charcoal fire, the flavours coming alive even more when they’re served across the counter, deliciously hot and intriguingly plated on a wooden oar… It could well be the story of how one comes to a Zen understanding of life in its essential moments in a lively bar with friends.

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The Shapes of Joy

Posted by: The Hummer on Monday August 24, 2015

Surely the joy of a steamer basket arrangement of succulent and perfectly steamed dim sums is a nashta apotheosis quite unlike any other? Literally meaning ‘touch your heart’, and according another account ‘eat a little something’, dim sums draw from the Cantonese custom of tea and small eats that originated in the numerous teahouses that dotted the Silk Road.

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Midsummer Musings

Posted by: The Hummer on Monday June 15, 2015

Manning up midsummer, I’ve come to realise, is a matter of reconciling the adventuring and tender sides of ourselves. For June is invariably the month we travel and June is also Father’s Day.

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A Truly Pan Asian Experience

Posted by: The Hummer on Wednesday January 28, 2015

Asia conjures vivid images of temples and churches, travel destinations, flea markets and then, the highly sought after pan Asian cuisine. Its cuisine has always had a mystical aura surrounding it. Ingredients are combined in ways the West considers unconventional, but the flavours that each resulting dish brings to the table are most unexpected and brilliant on so many levels! With this enticing thought, ITC Hotel’s Pan Asian restaurant invites you to savour the mysteries of Asia with its finely crafted menu. Indulge and partake of a unique culinary journey that features dishes intensively researched by our culinary experts

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Glossary of East Asian Culinary

Posted by: WelcomZest Flavours of Grand Asia on Thursday December 12, 2013

Like the Sun, the human understanding of the power of food, awakens in the East. What would the world be without noodles, sticky rice, dim sum, soy, hot pots, and tea? The items presented in this glossary, thought a drop in the ocean, should be enough to stir appetites time and again. Find out why life is incomplete without a taste of mukimono, sambal, Shaoxing wine and a whole more.

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The Eightfold Path

Posted by: WelcomZest Flavours of Grand Asia on Wednesday December 11, 2013

Chinese cuisine comes in eight distinct regional styles: there is the aromatic, seafood-centric cuisine of Shandong, the birthplace of Confucius; the distinct contoured landscape of Jiangsu cuisine; the refined treatment of Guangdong; the unconventional yet spellbinding cuisine of Sichuan; the noble approaches of Zhejiang food; the seafood-centric masterpieces of Fujian; the pungent achievements of Hunan that impressed Mao Zedong, and the attentive approach of Anhui.  

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The Quilt of the Orient - Korean Gangnam Style

Posted by: WelcomZest Flavours of Grand Asia on Tuesday December 10, 2013

Even if you’re not among the millions bouncing to the Korean wave with Oppa Gangnam, you can’t deny the beat in bibimbap. Korea’s most popular dish, bibimbap which knocks together vegetables, meats and boiled rice, is usually top in the mind of those making an initial foray into a Korean restaurant.

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The Quilt of the Orient - Magic of the Mekong

Posted by: WelcomZest Flavours of Grand Asia on Tuesday December 10, 2013

From the mountainous reaches of Korea to the fertile delta of the Mekong and the lush forests and plains of the numerous island groupings of The Malay Archipelago, every stopover in the Orient showcases something new. Something that will make us see the world anew.

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The Quilt of the Orient - The Malay Archipealgo

Posted by: WelcomZest Flavours of Grand Asia on Tuesday December 10, 2013

The Moluccas (Maluka Islands) once known as the Spice Islands stand out for defining the course of world trade during the Age of Discovery. But centuries before the scramble for the rich islands of Malay, they were a hot destination for traders from the Arab world who gloried in the cloves, nutmeg and mace to be found here.

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The Quilt of the Orient - Land of Blue Sky

Posted by: WelcomZest Flavours of Grand Asia on Tuesday December 10, 2013

Mongolia gave rise to a number of formidable nomadic tribes (Huns, Scythians, Mongols) and eventually one of the largest continuous stretches of empire ever seen in world history. The redoubtable Genghis Khan is credited with engineering a large part of this remarkable expansion.

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