Thai Festival at Mein Kun, Kempinski Hotel, Delhi

Written by- Nistha singh (Team Member)

One may not have been to Thailand, so the Kempinski Ambience Hotel in Delhi has brought the chef to our doorstep by hosing the Thai Food Festival at Mei Kun from 10th-19th July with Chef Kwanruean Saegistong from Siam Kempinski Bangkok to give the diners authentic taste of her homeland. With over 19 years of experience in promoting Thai Cuisine across the world, Chef Kwan is one of the most sought after Thai chef in the world.

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Thai cuisine has a startling diversity that is a gem to behold with different regions contributing to a cuisine that is infused with a multitude of flavours. Thai meals typically consist of rice (khao in Thai) with many complementary dishes shared by all. With Herbs and Spices being an essential part of Thai cooking, it is all about the juggling of disparate elements to create a harmonious finish.

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We were served a tasting menu of their signature offerings. We began with a refreshing Green Summer– made with cucumber, green apple and spirit along with Potato Crackers.

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The appetizers consisted of: – the classic Som Tom– raw papaya salad, Yam Som o– spicy pomelo salad and sweet but crisp broccolis. The flavours of the Pomelo Salad blew me away – mildly sweet, sour and salty garnished with onions and peas elevated the simple salad to many notches. This is a refreshingly light salad. Som tom is usually the first item to be offered to anyone sampling Thai food and is quite well loved. The shredded unripe papaya was crisp and had a nice flavour.

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Next came a bowl of steaming hot Tom Kha Pak, a clear spicy soup, flavoured with vegetables, coconut and thaichilipaste. The flavours were sharp, robust and multi-layered. This delicate flavourful soup is a fine introduction to Thai cuisine.

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For the main course, we tried GaengKiew Wan Phak, the classic green Thai curry- vegetables simmered in a green curry paste with coconut milk. The balance of flavours of the lemongrass and galangal along with other spices was good. I must say, after a taste of this with some Jasmine rice, I wanted to shut out all conversation and relish each and every bite on my plate.

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(GaengKiew Wan Phak)

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 Broccoli Phad Prik Kratium

 

Broccoli PhadPrikKratium: – fresh broccoli stir fried with chili and garlic had a subtle taste.

PhakBoong Fai Daeng: -PhakBoong sometimes is called Morning Glory and faidaeng means a really hot fire. So your heat must be all the way up! Seasoned with yellow bean sauce, garlic and chilies, the salty-spicy-sour-and crunchiness of this is great as a side dish or all by itself.

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Phad Thai Goong: – A very famous Thai street food liberal with egg is mildly sweet, spicy and tangy flat noodles. This dish will definitely leave you craving for more.

Phad Thai Goong - Rice Noodles, Shrimp with Eggs

Possibly the most exciting part of this food festival are the Thai desserts.  Desserts arrived on a platter and comprised of a gorgeous duet. KluyBuad Chee is a simple dessert made by cooking barely ripened bananas in sweetened coconut milk. It didn’t go that well with my taste but people with sweet-tooth would love it.  Finally it is turn of delightful KowNeuw Moon– sticky rice is the core ingredient of Thai dessert and the coconut sauce on top of it just makes the dessert indulgent with sliced mangoes on the sides.

The exclusive menu crafted by the visiting Chef Kwan, paired with the serene ambience of Mei Kun promises to make an unforgettable journey for all diners. The menu consists of delicious, unexpected flavours and textures, just full of surprise.

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(Jasmine tea)

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Happy eating & Happy reading!!!

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Hangout With Honda

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Last weekend was spend with a little bit of “Jazz”. I got the chance to get the first look of all new Honda Jazz, all the way at the Buddh international Circuit. It was the pre launch of #AllNewJazz and Honda had invited me along with fellow bloggers to experience the car before its official launch. Each one of us got a special chance to drive the car on the famous F1 tracks of the circuit. I drove an automatic Honda Jazz along wearing a helmet, yes a helmet in a car just like how you see in those races. I’ve been here once for the Grand Prix in India but obviously never on THE TRACKS!!!

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It was nothing less than a lifetime experience to drive on the tracks meant for professionals and it was us driving on the same tracks with an amazing car. The roar of engine was enough to excite us with enthusiasm. As for the day, it was started at the Radisson Blu, Greater Noida with breakfast along with fellow bloggers and registration process, later we were moved to the Buddh Circuit, where we were introduced to the officials and a brief was given on Do’s & Don’ts and Guidelines which were to be followed while driving and when on the tracks.

After the drive, the day ended with dinner and an after party where I met the VP and CEO of Honda. It was an exceptionally wonderful day which cannot be forgotten easily!

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3 Reasons Why ASUS Zenfone 2 is my Favourite!

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ASUS is a computer parts manufacturer founded in 1990 in Taiwan and makes products ranging from motherboards, laptops, net books, servers, cell phones, graphic cards, and other computer parts. This growing company not only makes consumer products, but also manufactures computer parts for other computer vending companies such as Hewlett Packard and IBM.
ASUS has taken rapid strides in the smartphone segment over last couple of years and today is a leading manufacturer. The Zenfone series of smartphones by ASUS has taken the Indian market by storm especially with the cool list of features that match any of the other top phones, but at a price that is reasonable and cool!
The ASUS Zenfone 2 is the latest from this manufacturers stable and has some amazing features that make it a must have. Here are the 3 reasons/features that make ASUS Zenfone 2 a must have in your hands.
1. Incredible 4GB RAM: ASUS claims the Zenfone 2 is the first smartphone to have a 4GB RAM. This makes the phone incredibly useful for multi taskers, with minimal lag time and high performance device. To put this in perspective most other phones still sport a 2GB RAM and only one other smartphone has 3GB RAM in the market.
2. Camera with PixelMaster tech: Camera is probably the biggest eye-catching feature of this phone. It boasts of a new “Pixel Master” technology which merges 4 pixels into one super Pixel to get better image. Thanks to this technology ASUS Zenfone 2 has world’s best low light camera, it can give you crystal clear picture even in dim light. It also has world number 1 backlight (Super HD Mode).
3. Zen Motion: Most impressive feature is the Zen Motion, where you can draw various alphabets on the screen to open various applications, like draw C to open camera, W to launch browser etc. Then there is an option to choose from a list of themes to color your user-experience. There is a double-tap to wake-up feature, where you can unlock the phone by just double-tapping in quick succession. There is very useful “Kids Mode” which allows you to easily manage applications for your kids!

With such competitive pricing and smart features, It’s a no-brainer that this will be one of the best-selling phones in the youth segment and also among people who are tech savy but refrain from spending a lot on phones in particular.

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