High Ultra Lounge at the World Trade Centre is hosting their first Noodles of Asia Food Festival, with selections of noodles from various regions and countries prepared in their traditional and authentic way. Chef Myo and Chef Rabi have put together this menu like an experiential journey of various places through their food, and the intrinsic culture associated. A few of us were invited to participate in a cooking masterclass with the chefs, followed by a tasting of the menu for the Noodles Festival.
One of the dishes prepared that evening was the High Styled Yaki Soba. In the interest of the audience, the demonstrations were mostly vegetarian. The Soba is the Japanese name for buckwheat – thin noodles made with buckwheat flour. There was boiled soba noodle kept available. The wok was heated up with chopped garlic and dry chili. The noodle was added and vigorously tossed, with generous portions of mushroom oyster sauce for a couple of minutes. And then just put the noodles into a bowl to serve, with some thinly sliced spring onions and sesame oil. The texture of buckwheat noodles is light, and definitely recommended to be tried from the festival menu.
Another dish from the master class was the Khao Swe’ from Chef Myo’s homeland. This was a simple preparation. On a heated pan with oil, chef added onion and garlic, and some turmeric. Then some coconut milk and flour was added and mixed well – and this mixture was set aside. Then in a bowl the boiled noodle and vegetables were added in together and cooked with a mix of spices and tamarind sauce, a dash of sriracha sauce. This is typically served cold, and had a nice and fresh taste. Though I prefer khao swe to be more coconut-ey! We did notice that unlike most places, the dish didn’t really have caramelized onions, rather just wok tossed rings.
After the masterclass, we did try some of the other noodles from the menu like Phad Thai and Udoon. The menu has many other varieties of preparations like Hakka Noodles from China, Stir Fried Curries Rice Noodles with Shrimp, Pork & Vegetable Noodles from Singapore and more during the Noodles Festival. The festival is ongoing – from 18th September to 9th October 2016. The delectable flavors of food and the gorgeous view from High Ultra are really enough reasons to head there for an experience!