Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong joins hands with the Consulate General of India Hong Kong to celebrate the Year of Friendly Exchanges 2014 between Indian and China. Indian native Chef Sanjay B. Dasari, who was honoured an appreciation shield by Chaine Des Rotisseurs, an international association of gastronomy, together with Chef Mohammad Ismail, will fly in as guest chefs to present a week-long Indian food promotion at Café Kool between 31 May and 7 June 2014. Guests are invited to enjoy an extensive dinner buffet of authentic South Indian delicacies at regular buffet prices.
As the senior sous chef of the five-star Ashok Hotel in New Delhi, India, Chef Sanjay has prepared meals for many prominent dignitaries and celebrities, and has participated in numerous overseas food festivals to showcase his country’s specialities. He and Chef Mohammad, demi chef de partie of the same property, will bring Hong Kong diners the inimitable flavours of southern India through classic local dishes to promote the traditional culinary culture of their motherland.
India’s culture is influenced by a great diversity of traditions and religions. Its cookery and use of ingredients thus vary from different regions. South Indian cuisine is relatively spicy as spices are widely used in creating local delicacies because they stimulate appetite and aid digestion. The herbs and spices, used with coconut paste, milk and yoghurt, give South Indian cuisine a strong aroma. Well-known and popular dishes include Tandoori Grilled Chicken, Masala Dosa and Coconut Curry, whereas chicken, lamb and fish-made items are popular in Indian cuisine. Apart from the above, cream, lentils and vegetables are also commonly used in its vast array of vegetarian dishes.
During the promotion, the buffet will include an expansive menu featuring a number of South Indian favourites on a rotation basis. Appetisers and tandoori items range from Mahi-e-Gulfam (Chunks of Fish marinated in Mint Flavouring cooked over Charcoal) to Tandoori Murg (Chicken marinated in Indian Masalas cooked in a Clay Oven), Ajwani Paneer Tikka (Cottage Cheese flavoured with Spices and Caraway), Murg Tikka Hussaini (Chicken Tikka, Prawns with Coconut Gravy), Tohfa e Zameen (Mixed Vegetable Skewer) and Veg Pakora (Deep-Fried Vegetables and Cottage Cheese Slices coated in Bengal Gram Flour).
Popular soup and main course choices include Yakhni Shorba (Hyderabadi-Style Mutton Soup), Goan Prawn Curry (Prawns cooked in Coconut Gravy), Murgh Do Pyaza (Chicken Curry with Onions and Cream), Chepala Pulusu (Fish cooked in Tamarind Gravy), Karuvepillai Ira (Marinated Prawns with Spices and Curry Leaves), Palak Corn Masala (Corn and Spinach Curry) and Vacchi Gosht Ki Biryani (Slow-Cooked Lamb Rice). The dessert kitchen is laden with exotic sweet foods, such as Ada Pradhaman (Rice Flakes cooked in Jaggery-Flavoured Milk), Kesari Bhat (Exotic Blend of Semolina, Sugar and Pineapple), Gajar Halwa (Carrot Pudding) and Shahi Tukra (Fried Bread soaked in Sweetened Reduced Milk).
Dinner buffets are available at the following times and regular prices:
Monday to Wednesday
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Adult: HK$548, Child: HK$448
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Adult: HK$578, Child: HK$468
Friday to Sunday and Public Holidays
6:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Adult: HK$598, Child: HK$488
(unlimited serving of Indian special drinks including Mango Lassi, Jal Jerra and Mauuige plus house red and white wines, beer, soft drinks and chilled juices)
* All prices are subject to a 10 per cent service charge.
During the Indian food promotion, a traditional classical dance troupe will perform live every night to allow guests to experience India’s exotic culture while they savour an authentic range of Indian delights. Jet Airways will sponsor the air tickets for this gourmet event.
Situated on the mezzanine level of Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong, Café Kool has a warm and upbeat ambience and offers buffets of authentic global cuisine prepared live in six open kitchens by an experienced team of culinary artists. For reservations and enquiries, please call (852) 2733 8753.
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