The One With “PAN-ASIAN MARRIOTT !”

Ever wished to hogg upon all kinds of Asian Food under one roof at a single Restaurant which serves you a commixture of multiple Cuisines from Asia aka PAN-ASIAN Cuisines. How about if Marriott Hotels brings you just a place which serves a single cuisine but have an impression of more than one in every preparation of their kitchen by the skilled chefs to give you a luxurious and scrumptious experience in terms of service as well as food !

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Can you guess what this delightful logo means?

Marriott itself says “Travel Brilliantly” and in order to preserve its legacy in Indore, they have launched a new casual dining called One Asia. If you are wondering, this logo stands for “Eat @ One Asia“. Also, the name is quite appropriate to the type of cuisine they serve !

Talking about the ambiance, Indore Marriott has an elegant but ornate hallway and its entrance is brilliantly finished with “Peacock” themed Doors and vast reception area. One Asia also has a decent interiors as the management tried to match the cutlery and plates with the ambiance, which is really incredible.

At Hotel Marriott Indore, there is this ongoing “Asian Street-food Festival” for which the fascinating menu is curated by Chef Kuan Lai who himself is a celebrity chef, also the menu of upcoming One Asia will belong his specialities. Some snapshots of Asian Street-food Festival are as follows :

Malaysia-Truly Asia” is the tagline of Malaysia Tourism, which also suits the menu of Asian Street-food Festival at it’s best because it is drafted by Chef Kuan Lai, who himself is from Malaysia and the preparations are dignified with a fusion of Indian, Chinese, Thai & Malaysian Cuisines.

The Festival was organised at Indore Kitchen and is upto 6th March 2018. Some of the preparations are briefly explained below :

APPETISERS :~

  • Vietnamese Fresh Rice Paper Roll (VEG):

Vermicelli rolled inside a translucent Rice Paper along with some boiled carrots coriander making it a nerdy preparation. This rare dish is accompanied with a pungent dip in order to balance its blandness.

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Eat Healthy, Eat Fresh !

Suggestions : DO-NOT have a lot of that black dip.

  • Vietnamese Crispy Crab Rice Paper Roll :

Similar preparation with a filling of minced crab inside the crispy rice paper roll. Served with a transparent watery cucumber dip with sweet & sour flavours. Overall this dish was crisp outside, soft inside.

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Crispy Rice Roll.

Suggestions : Don’t have too much of the Cucumber dip with them !

  • Thai Red Curry Fish Cakes :

Bright Red chewy Fish “Tikkis” with quite distinctive Thai flavours. Not too “Melt in mouth” type texture but can be considered an OK preparation. Also served with a watery cucumber dip with sweet & sour taste.

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A Thing Of Beauty !

Suggestions : Hog them before they get cold or it will get hard !

SALAD :~

  • Godo Godo Salad :

Saucy base soaked with tofu, cherry tomatoes and lettuce. This preparation had a strong peanuty taste and consisted many veggies.

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Alluring no ?

Suggestion : Perfect serve, can’t get any better !

MAIN COURSE :~

  • Brinjal with Sambal Oleic :

Spicy par-cooked brinjal beautifully marinated with a garlicky twist. Another fusion of Indian and Foreign flavours. Taste could be improved in terms of Indoris, otherwise a fine preparation !

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Spicy Egg-Plants !

Suggestion : Try only if you love Brinjal !

  •  Wok fry okra with chili black Bean sauce :

Crispy lady-fingers tossed in black bean sauce topped with dried black beans. The black bean sauce was quite pungent thus could not possibly savour the traditional Indore’s taste.

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Lovely Presentation Though !

Suggestion : Not recommended for bad stomach !

  • Madras Style Chicken Curry :

This preparation was seriously a mood swinger. Partially cooked chicken in Thai gravy or coconut based laxa curry. Sweet in taste but truly had some unique flavours. Tender chicken pieces with boiled potato in a fusion-full manner. It was served with “Roti Canai” which was nothing but classic “Laccha Paratha” cooked in coconut oil !

Suggestion : Spiced up flavours are more suited in this particular preparation !

DESSERTS :

  • Jasmine rice dumplings with palm sugar :

Rolled up jasmine rice with allot of semi-solid jaggery topped over it. An outstanding dessert, again a recommended preparation.

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Well Plated.
  • Chocolate Cake :

Layered white and dark-chocolate cake with very soft texture. Nothing much fancy, but very tasty !

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Zebra Cakes !

DRINKS :

  • Bangkok Sour :

Pineapple juice with a little bit of lemony twist in it, nothing special but aesthetically presented !

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#Enticing

Overall Indore Marriott has an outstanding ambiance showing optimum decency in terms of service and ambiance. Some delicacies of this festival were exquisite but some were a total bummer !

Indore Kitchen is already a hit, serving the hottest buffets in town !

Brace yourselves for One Asia, hope its going to be a great hit too !

Special thanks to Indore Marriott for organising this Meet-up. Here is the video of all the Preparations by  Chef Kuan Lai.

Also thanks to Chef Vivek Kalia and Chef Amandeep Singh for this memorable day at Hotel Indore Marriott !

You can also book your tables for One Asia on Zomato from:

One Asia - Indore Marriott Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

So this was all for the lunch at One Asia, a must visit place for some exotic and fusion full eatables in Indore. I hope you find it helpful !

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The One With “A Food-Hunt (Feat. Malaysian Palm Oil)”

Food-Hunt Event organised by MPOC :

Ever wondered how many mysterious ingredients are present in our daily use products ? Do you know, there is this one ingredient common in Nutella, Ferrero-Rochers, Cadbury Dairymilk and even Maggi noodles. In fact, this particular ingredient is also used in various cosmetics and beauty products. Can you guess this ingredient ?

Its nothing but Palm Oil !

Palm Oil is Orange-reddish in colour and is majorly extracted from Palm fruit found in an African Oil Palm Tree. Geographically Palm Oil is grown at the countries near the Equator, and therefore the Largest Producers of palm oil are Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, India etc. But the best yeald of Palm Oil is found in Malaysia and therefore “Palm oil is Nature’s Gift to Malaysia, and Malaysia to the World”

MPOC – Malaysian Palm Oil Council is basically an organisation who promotes the Malaysian Palm Oil and various products which use Malaysian Palm Oil. One of their main objectives is to make the world aware about the graciousness of Palm Oil and how it is beneficial in all the fields be it Environmental, Economical, Technological etc.

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Recently, MPOC organised a lively event at Red Carpet Banquet, Malhar Mega Mall which involved an induction session and some of most interesting tasks. This was a Food-Hunt Event in which the participants were supposed to guess the name of the Restaurant/Cafe using hints on the given clue-card, where an engaging task was given, after completing the task they were again given a clue-card stating the hints to the name of the next restaurant where further tasks were  given. And this so called restauranthunt continues for a multiple times.

As stated above, the event started off with an induction session where the Origin, Composition, Extraction and Economical, Technical & Environmental Benefits of the Palm Oil were briefed by Dr. Bhavna Shah-Country Head (India & Srilanka). Here a powerpoint presentation and an interesting video was presented :

Food-Hunt : Clue-1 :~

After such a thought-provoking session finally then clue-cards were distributed and the first clue indicated the nearest possible Pub i.e. 10 Downing Street, where these fusion-full platter containing Lettuce, Olives, Cherry Tomatoes, Pineapple, Apple, Cucumber, Mayonnaise etc. were displayed. The task was to dress a salad and brief about its qualities and its USP !

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Palm Oil Significance : The Mayonnaise used in the salad had Palm Oil as an essential ingredient !

Food-Hunt : Clue-2 :~

After the interesting salad dressing competition the next clue-card indicated the next Restaurant called Panchavati Gaurav, which serves Vegetarian Rajasthani & Gujarati Cuisines. Here was the most compelling task was given where the participants were blindfolded and they were supposed to taste and find out the ingredients of the dish served. The participants were served nothing but traditionally prepared yummy bhaji which is mostly served in North-India with Pav as Pav-Bhaji.

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Palm Oil Significance : One of the most predictable ingredient of bhaji was Palm Oil which have high nutritional values !

Food-Hunt : Clue-3 :~

The next clue wasn’t easy, as the upcoming stop was nowhere nearer. It was Simply-Veg which is situated at C-21 Mall, next to where the previous destinations were. There the task was to complete the test containing multiple choice questions related to the induction session briefed on Palm Oil.

 

Food-Hunt : Clue-4 :~

The final Clue-Card was super easy as the hints targeted to the Sky Blue Sports Bar, which is just next to the previous restaurant. Here the task was fun as well as enjoyable. The participants were supposed to Hogg over a huge bowl of ice-cream as fast as it was possible.

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Palm Oil Significance : The ingredients used in the ice cream bowl like Nutella, Ferro Rocher and Cookies has Palm Oil as one of the ingredient.

Finally the participants gathered to the beginning hall for winner declaration and price distribution. The event was concluded with a delightful dinner catered by 10 Downing Street.

Overall, the event was a memorable one. Special thanks to Dr. Bhavna Shah & MPOC for organising such an energetic event and also for enlightning about such great qualities of Palm Oil !

Here are the details to know more about MPOC – Malaysian Palm Oil Council :

Website : http://www.mpoc.org.in

About MPOC : http://www.mpoc.org.in/market-statistics-2/

About Malaysian Palm Oil : http://www.mpoc.org.in/about-palm-oil/

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