Authentic Northern Flavors at Novotel’s Indian Food Week

By Lwin Mar Htun 21 June 2019

YANGON—Novotel Yangon Max Hotel is celebrating Indian Food Week which highlights cuisines from northern India and the opening ceremony was launched by the Indian ambassador to Myanmar, Shiri Saurabh Kumar, on Wednesday at the Square Restaurant located on the fifth floor of Novotel Yangon.

Guest chef Dhananjai has been brought in especially for this event and the opening night of Indian Food Week and though the World Food Market buffet options will continue to offer cuisines from many countries around the world the highlight of this event are the Indian dishes created by the guest chef.

The highlighted Indian food counter at The Square Restaurant, Novotel Yangon. / Htet Wai / The Irrawaddy

The Indian food tour started with Rajasthani Mirchi Bada, which is a kind of appetizer of a popular Indian street food. It is a fried dish and the chili peppers are filled with spicy potato mix, then dipped in flour and deep-fried. It is crispy and the flavor is hot but I loved the taste even though I had never eaten it before. It is served with mint chutney.

Diners enjoying Indian Food Week by Novotel Yangon Max. / Htet Wai / The Irrawaddy

Another appetizer, Murgh Banjara Tikka, is more commonly known locally as chicken tikka. This is mouthwatering pieces of grilled chicken. Chefs marinade the chicken pieces with traditional Indian spices and then grill it. It’s also spicy and the chicken meat is tender but the smell is a bit strong. It can be eaten with mint or tamarind chutney.

Indian fried rice. / Htet Wai / The Irrawaddy

The food week is also offering Indian fried rice with many other Indian style curries as well. The mutton curry, called Laal Maas was what I liked the most. The dish has a bright red gravy and my first thought was that it might be too spicy, but it turned out not too strong.

Indian desserts. / Htet Wai / The Irrawaddy

The mutton meat was really tender and the dish smelled of fragrant Indian spices. Other dishes include chicken curry, Indian bean curry and desserts which are available at a highlighted Indian food counter.

At the counter, they are displaying what kind of ingredients and spices they use in the dishes. Guests can learn about the main ingredients of the Indian cuisines at the food week.

A group of Indian girls performing an Indian dance on the opening night on June 19, 2019. / Htet Wai / The Irrawaddy

This Indian buffet will be available at The Square Restaurant until June 30 and it will be available at dinner only for US$35 net per person. The restaurant’s regular Friday night special, Hooked on Seafood buffet, will continue as usual but with an Indian twist of the seafood dishes for $37 net per person.

So if you are a fan of Indian food, this is the best time to taste authentic Indian dishes at a five-star hotel.

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