Flavours of Shanghai

Hotel Pankaj is conducting a Chinese food festival titled ‘Aromas of Shanghai' at its restaurants Sandhya and Nisha.

As Chinese food is best savoured hot from the stove, one has to order the dishes a la carte. Customers to the festival are served a complimentary Tom Yum soup (choice of vegetarian or non-vegetarian) upon arrival.

For starters, one can order Teriyaki chicken (Rs. 170) or Peppered tofu (Rs. 200). Bean sprouts salad and Water cress salad are the top two salads on offer. Singapore Noodles and Shanghai Chicken Fried Rice (Rs. 140) are some of the dishes on the rice and noodles menu. You can pair these with Mandarin fish (Rs. 180), Tofu in spicy dip (Rs. 200) or Hot and Sour Prawns with cucumber (Rs. 220).

Apple toffee with ice cream (Rs. 80), Date pancake with honey (Rs. 100) and Litchies with papaya cream (Rs. 100) are some of the desserts on the menu. The festival held in the evenings from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. concludes December 13.

Hot eats

Set your taste buds on fire at the ‘Hot Mirchi- A spicy treat' food festival based around different varieties of the ubiquitous chilli at the Uday Samudra, Kovalam.

For starters you can sample spicy dishes such as chilli katti rolls or stuffed chilli crabs or soups such as gaazpacho (Spanish cold soup with peppers). Wash the fire down with chilli-based cocktails like Kali Mirchi Maska and Chilly Willy.

Seafood delicacies such as Chemmen mulakil chuttathu and Fish in Thai Curry; chicken dishes such as Murg Do Mirchi Wali, Chicken and Galangal and Jamaican Jerk Chicken; beef dishes such as Pepper Beef Steak and Tri Pepper Beef can go with a rice/noodle dishes such as Risotto with Bell Pepper and Shrimp Sausage Jambalaya.

For vegetarians there is Sambal Olek Potatoes, Bagara Baingan, and Chilly Gobi.

To top the spicy meal off are desserts such as Chilli Halwa, Stewed Apples in Spiced Rum and Chocolate Cashew Mousse.

The fete is from December 4 to 7.