Chefs display organic dishes during the food festival at Hotel Arya. Picture by Hardeep Singh
Ranchi, Sept. 12: Oriental cuisine has failed to curry favour with the masses.
Tomorrow being the last day of the oriental food festival at Hotel Arya, chefs are busy redesigning the menu.
Chef Ramesh, who prepared oriental food at Hotel Arya, said only the Malaysian cuisine, Ayamgeren, was appreciated by the masses.
“Ayamgeren is a chicken dish prepared with tomatoes, capsicum, onions, turmeric and bamboo shoots. People here have a taste for spicy food and they liked this dish,” Ramesh added.
Singaporean, Japanese, Indonesian and Korean food was not appreciated, as these were prepared in the organic style with less spices.
“Those who are health conscious and have had Japanese, Korean and Singaporean cuisine before, sure appreciated it but the turnout was low,” the chef pointed out.
Now, chefs are busy changing the menu. “We have decided to include mutton chow chow cooked on a low flame. We are also planning to include bean soups. Guests here are not fond of soups, too. They have developed a taste for Indian soup and are not willing to try new dishes,” the chef said.
An Oriental food expert of Hotel Capitol Hill, Manas Kumar Datta, understood the poor response to the oriental food festival. He said only corporate officials visiting his hotel are interested in Thai food.
“But the masses are not interested in Thai cuisine and we do not get a good response,” said Datta.
Hotel Capitol Hill has included two kinds of oriental food mainly Chinese and Thai food on their menu. “It’s true that oriental cuisine cannot work in the city. People here like Indian and Chinese food,” Datta said.
Nilesh Singh, an executive working with an MNC who was seen ordering Chinese food at the hotel, said he felt comfortable with the cuisine. “I have not developed a taste in other types of cuisine. I have had Chinese food since my childhood and am well aware of its taste,” Singh added.
Asit Kundu, the executive chef working with Hotel Capitol Residency, said they are serving oriental food like Chinese, Thai and Mongolian.
“But we have found that Chinese cuisine is liked by most visitors. But guests coming from Calcutta and foreign countries are looking forward for good Thai and Mongolian food, too,” said Kundu.