Taste of Korea – Syn, Taj Deccan
They say Korean food is one of the healthiest cuisine on the planet which has a great emphasis on vegetables & meats cooked in very minimal oil. I’ve had my tryst with Korean food at a Korean guest house recently and the only thing I could learn from my experience is their near obsession with the fermented vegetable kimchi. Was happy to have been invited to experience a Korean repertoire at the ongoing “Taste Of Korea” food promotion at Syn – Asian Grill & Bar, Taj Deccan which arguably is one of the most distinguished Asian restaurant in town.
The moment I walked in, my attention was drawn towards the huge salad spread that had like about eight different variants of Kimchi – Korea’s famous spicy cabbage. Kimchi forms an integral part of a Korean meal which is adored for its sour tangy crunch plus a digestive aid. In Korean cuisine, all dishes are served at the same time and a typical meal includes rice, soup, salads and several side dishes. Began my gourmet experience with Dogani Tang – a knuckle bone leek soup followed by a delectable range of appetizers. Loved the Chicken & Sensa Kas while Saewootwikim – a fried jumbo prawns was quite delicious especially with Kochujang (sesame oil & chilli pepper paste) sauce.
Korean Fest without Bulgogi is definitely incomplete and I was happy to see this classic thin sliced beef dish feature in the mains. The marination used, literally enhanced the flavor and the tenderization of the Bulgogi that went well with Ssamjang – a red chilli pepper paste. The traditional BBQ Beef Roll that I tried was definitely the star of the afternoon! From the veg section the Tofu Jeon was super good and Kimchjieon – a kimchi pan cake which was one of its kind.
For the mains, I was more than content with Japchae – glass noodles made from sweet potato and Bibimbap – a signature Korean bowl of noodles topped sautéed vegetables, marinated meat, hot chilli, seasame oil and other condiments. Next up, paired my steamed rice with Sikumchinamul – a spinach based Kimchi that went well. Phakimchi – Green Onion Kimchi, Oiekimhchi – Cucumber based kimchi, Kkaddugi – Raddish based Kimchi were some of the other ones Salads at the Kimchi counter that I truly relished.
Finished this entire gourmet experience with a glass of Cinnamon – Ginger Tea. Korean cuisine doesn’t have any desserts as such but usually the meal ends with a bowl of fresh fruits.
Another highlight of this festival is its association with Mrs. Sang Hee McAllister, wife of British Deputy High Commissioner, a Korean national herself, who graciously has curated the menu for the entire fiesta. Aside from curating the menu, recipes for all the dishes being prepared have come straight from her kitchen, handed down from generation to generation.
Kuddus to Executive Chef Rishi Manucha & his team who along with Mrs McAllister also brought Mi kyeong Choi – a consultant to better master the authentic simplistic Korean Flavors. Whether a seasoned food connoisseur or just a food lover, the Taste of Korean promotion is a food journey to take your palette through and adorable feast to each of the senses !!
Thumbs up for this one !