Chef Bimal Khatri displays the delicacies on offer during the August Moon Festival at Fortune Hotel Centre Point. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Jamshedpur, Aug. 17: This month, steel city gourmets would celebrate Chinese August Moon Festival by savouring Chinese delicacies.
The Fortune Hotel Centre Point has organised the festival which is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. On the occasion, the Chinese celebrate the end of their harvest season with a grand feast.
The Chinese believe that the moon is brightest on this day which makes an ideal time to celebrate their summer’s harvest.
“Although this month should be dedicated to Olympics, we thought of discovering Chinese tradition through its cuisine. The August Moon festival is one of the big festival in China and people of the steel city love Chinese food. So, we thought of celebrating the festival in a grand manner. We are preparing original Chinese dishes which are pretty unknown to people here,” said Tanushree Das, the sales and marketing manager of the hotel.
The festival started on August 16 and would continue till August 24.
Through this festival we would explores some of the most popular flavours of the country. To give the food an authentic flavour, we have imported some ingredients from China like cooking wine, sesame oil and fish sauce. These are some of the products essential for preparing authentic Chinese dishes. We are making use of schezwan seeds used in 80 per cent of the dishes in Chinese households,” said Chinese chef Bimal Khatri.
Among the tasty fare on offer are phoenix tailed prawns, crispy French chicken, the spicy August Moon pomfret, Chinese green yellow chilly or double cooked mushroom. There is good news for vegetarians, too.
There is a whole array of vegetarian dishes to please all the visitors who drop in, assured the chef.
Along with some common Chinese delicacies, slow fried jumbo prawns, where prawns are fried after being marinated in a spicy paste, would be the unique item set to make residents crave for more.
“Don’t forget to try out the zeda rice (rice prepared with shiitake mushroom) that goes best with crispy French chicken,” said the chef.
“We have changed the names of some of the dishes so that people can relate to them. For example, the French chicken is actually known as Kai in China. Since people would not understand it here, we have changed the name but we have not changed the ingredients and the taste of the dish,” said Khatri.
The August Moon Festival would be incomplete without the mooncakes.
In keeping with the Chinese tradition, the hotel authorities have kept the mooncakes as part of the yummy dessert menu.