I have been promising my favorite Chinese and Pan Asian haunts for a while now. And where else to start, but from the home ground, with one of our all-time favorites – Hunan. And while it does seem like I am doing a feature on all the Times’ Food Awards winners, that isn’t the case. Though it doesn’t hurt to mention that Hunan has been winning the Best Chinese Restaurant for the last, yes, 5 years straight. It is also one of my picks to have a good dinner, the ambiance is nice, service is prompt. And they have a good vegetarian selection as well, that is very enjoyable, contrary to the popular belief that Asian food is just non vegetarian food.
We were recently invited to Hunan for a part preview of their new menu that has introduced over 70 dishes, experimenting with unique flavors and distinct offerings. This menu has a focus on healthy food, ensuring no artificial flavors or preservatives being used. There is also a gluten free menu introduced, for folks with gluten sensitivity, as well as people who are now opting to construct an alternate diet. But the menu isn’t just all new. Some classics have been brought back, some tweaked and some made deliciously different. So yes, the Peking Duck, the delicious pork – all continue to be part of the menu. And some of the delicious additions are:
Sweet and Sour Tofu Soup with Crabmeat – amazingly fresh crabmeat, tofu, bamboo shoot in a nice rich broth. This is the most delicious soup ever, light and beautifully appetizing.
Truffle Scented Edamane Dumplings – I am not a huge fan of edamame, but this dim sum had the mild truffle aroma and the soya bean mix was fresh and soft.
Sugarcane Skewered Chicken – Delicious, mildly done chicken mounted and served on sugarcane sticks, lovely flavors from the first bite!
Vegetable Cocktail Rolls – Mini crispy rolls stuffed with vegetarian fillings on shallow fry, perfect to munch on during conversations.
Crunchy Wonton Ribbon Prawns – a pretty dish with soft fresh prawns wrapped in fried wonton strips, well envisaged and executed!
I had to miss desserts, and that’s never a good thing. Will update the post soon with those. I did get a wonderful red velvet in a jar from the Hunan folks around Christmas, and I must say, that was one of the best Red Velvet Cake I have ever had, the cream cheese so soft and the taste so delicious! If that’s anything to go by, I would say must try the desserts! I rather liked the nice balance of this new menu – the plethora of options, and interesting variations. One of the must-visit places if you’re looking for good Chinese food.