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A Chinese meal with a dash of things Japanese, Burmese, Thai… is the in thing at Mainland China, which is currently presenting the “new flavours” of China.

“Chinese food is slowly getting influenced by food from across Asia. Teriyaki grill from Japan, coconut-based broths like Khao Suey from Burma, use of lemongrass, which is predominant in Thai cuisine… all these are available in Guangzhou, one of China’s biggest business districts. And thus the idea for this food festival. Dishes that turn out successful will be incorporated into the menu,” says executive chef Rajesh Dubey, director, food production, Speciality Restaurants Limited.

Start your meal with an array of appetisers and dimsums, like Oven-baked Fish with Oriental Spices (crumbly baked seafood is flavoured with shichimi or the Japanese seven spice). Among dimsums, a must-try is the Spinach and Prawn Rolls. Delicate juicy slices of prawns are wrapped in spinach leaves and steamed and served with black bean sauce that has a lovely pickle-like consistency.

Another new flavour comes through in the main course –– Soya-braised Fish with Cinnamon. Also tuck into Spicy Honey Garlic Chicken Drums and Butter Garlic Jasmine Fried Rice.

A meal for two at the Gurusaday Road, South City and Silver Spring outlets costs upwards of Rs 950 (plus taxes); at Avani Riverside Mall it’s Rs 800 (plus taxes).