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Wednesday , December 5 , 2012
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Enjoy a festival of lights, THAI-STYLE

If you thought that the festival of lights got over last month, wakey-wake. To celebrate Loi Krathong (the Thai festival of lights), Benjarong is hosting the Loi Krathong food festival till December 9 at its South City Mall address.

The festival has made additions to the menu. “Loi Krathong is a very special Thai festival during which different dishes are prepared. We have introduced dishes that are not a part of the regular menu,” said Narendra S. Malhotra, CEO of Oriental Cuisines. “We have also arranged for real krathongs (small baskets) which will give guests a feel of the festival,” he added.

Quench your thirst with the Wild Orchid mocktail — a fine balance of lychee, guava and orange. Begin with Pla Hor Baitaey, marinated fish wrapped in pandanus leaves and deep-fried, served with a sweet chilli dip and Yum Hed Hoo Noo, a black fungus, cucumber, celery and carrot salad.

For the main course, ask for the Burmese-influenced Kaeng Bamaa Gai, a red curry chicken, and team it up with steamed rice. Chef Karthick recommends Graprou Gae lamb with green peas and carrots in chilli and basil sauce. “The Thai love seafood, especially prawns and shrimps. Goong Pahd Pokchoy is for prawn lovers. All the dishes have been prepared with traditional Thai ingredients, like lemongrass, sweet or chilli basil, red chilies and Thai ginger,” explained Karthick, the unit chef.

But if you thought Thai food meant everything non-vegetarian, you’d be pleasantly surprised by the long list of vegetarian dishes. Hed Tohu Tod Namprik Pow (crispy fried mushrooms and bean curd tossed with roasted chilli paste and Thai sweet basil) and Phad Woonsen Phak (glass noodles with veggies) are sure to delight you.

Don’t forget to make a wish by lighting a candle before setting afloat a krathong with flowers and candles to usher in a fresh start.

A meal for two comes to Rs 1,300 (plus taxes) at the festival.

Sneha Dutta

Picture: Rashbehari Das