Mandarin Calling (Chinese Food Festival) @OKO - THE Lalit Ashok, Bengaluru

OKO is a PAN Asian restaurant serves Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and Malaysian cuisines nearly a decade now, OKO is known for Sushi, Teppanyaki and Oriental Grills. Located at 6th Floor of Lalit Ashok, warm toned interiors, friendly hospitality and the scrumptious food here will surely win your hearts. I was recently hosted for mandarin calling (chinese food festival) curated by expat Chef Luo.

Chef Luo Jinhong from Hunan Province, China.

Chef Luo has handpicked an exclusive menu from his vast experience and will be dishing out some of his signature dishes such as Chong Qing Chicken,Crispy Vegetables in Plum sauce, Vermicelli Spinach soup,  Sliced chicken Shui Zhu sauce,  Wood-ear Mushroom and black bean sauce and Sticky Rice Ball, Cantonese style. Apart from the A la Carte menu they have also created a 4 Course Chef’s Choice Menu which comprises of Starter, Soup, Main Course and Dessert. 

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Ambience

Menu

At the Bloggers Table:
Asparagus and corn soup
Corn and chestnut dumpling
Crystal Prawn dumpling
Spicy and sour cucumber salad 
Tofu chilli black bean in Hunan style
Crispy fried lamb Beijing style
Chong qing chicken with onion and dry chilli
Pomfret in fukien sha cha sauce
King prawn in Xiang la sauce
Sizzling eggplant in barbeque sauce
Tofu with leek Hunan 
Olive vegetable fried rice
Slice chicken Shui zhu sauce 
Chilli black bean fried noodles with schezuan pepper oil
Steamed chocolate bun with honey butter sauce....

Welcome Drink Water Melon Mojito

Condiments
 Crispy Potato Stacks

 Pickled Peanuts and Lotus stems

 Asparagus and Corn Soup

 Spicy and Sour Cucumber Salad

Dumplings

 Plum Chilly Sauce

 Corn and Chestnut Dumpling

 Crystal Prawn Dumpling

 Virgin Sangria Spiked with Lemongrass

 Tofu, Chilly Black Bean in Hunan Style

 Chong Qing Chicken with Onion and Dried Chilies


 Crispy Fried Lamb Beijing Style

Mains

 Sizzling Eggplant in Barbeque Sauce

 Stir Fried Sha Cha Noodles

 Hunan Vegetable fried rice

 King Prawns in Xaing La Sauce

 Pomfret in Fukien Sha Cha Sauce


 Mixed Green Vegebales in Scallion and Garlic Sauce

 Diced Chicken in Kung Pao Sauce


My Plate


 Virgin Lychee Martini spiked with ginger

Steam Chocolate bun with honey butter sauce...

The food was well balanced neither too spicy nor too bland perfect for Indian taste palate. My picks from the entire tasting was the spicy cucumber, king prawns, fried rice, sizzling eggplant and chocolate bun, mocktails paired with the food was excellent. 

Priced at INR 1350++ from 25, August 2017 until the 3rd September, 2017 for Lunch and Dinner.
OKO – The LaLiT Ashok Bangalore
For Reservations : 9980158286

Salt & Pepper Prawns Recipe


Perks of being a food blogger, I sometimes get to taste quick to prepare starters at taste testing sessions, I was inspired to recreate this salt and pepper prawns after tasting at Banh mi and wok a qsr which recently opened at Indiranagar-Bengaluru. 

I love about panasaian cuisine its so versitile, we can pair many starters with noodles, fried rice or even with South Indian meals, I will recommend you try this starter served as a side for sambar or rasam rice.
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Pic taken at Banh mi and wok please click here to read more...


Ingredients:
500 Grams Prawns
(shelled & devined with tails on)
1/2 Cup Bell Peppers (Finely Chopped)
1 Roughly Chopped Onion
1 Inch Ginger and 10 Cloves Garlic (Finely Chopped)
3 Green Chilies (Finely Chopped)
1/2 Tsp Black Pepper (Crushed or Powder)
1/4 Tsp Chilly Flakes 
2 Tbsp Rice Flour
1 Tbsp Corn Flour
1 Egg
Salt as per taste
Oil for frying...


Method:
Try to purchase a butterfly cut prawns from supermarket or we can slice the prawns in the middle and create a butterfly cut. Wash the prawns thrice, pat dry and reserve.

Combine the rice and corn flour with a pinch of salt and reserve on a plate. Add a pinch of salt to the egg whisk and reserve.

Coat the prawns in flour, then in egg and in flour, shake off excess flour and reserve the prawns separated on a plate. Heat oil for frying in a wok on medium flame gently drop the prawns and fry till golden.

I fried the prawns in 3 small batches for 2 minutes and kept fliping them side to side until golden. Once the prawns have fried till golden drain from oil reserve on a paper towels.

Discard the fried oil and use the same wok for stir fry. Add 1 Tbsp oil, we can also use sesame oil, place on high flame. Add chopped chilies, garlic and ginger, fry the ingredients for a minute.

Add the bell pepper and onions to the garlic, fry the bell peppers and onion till it softens a bit. Add salt, pepper powder, chilly flakes and fried prawns, stir and toss to combine all the ingredients. 

Do the stir fry quickly on high flame...Once all the ingredients are combined serve right away with hot sauce or serve with fried rice and noodles...Enjoy!

Order BOX8 from CV-RamanNagar, Bengaluru

Box 8 is an app and web-based food delivery service who operate in 3 cities Mumbai, Pune and Bengaluru. Food is reasonably priced, we enjoy the meals from here. Box8 has become so convenient for me when ever I'm unable to head home for lunch or dinner its a must order from box8. 

This time we were all quite busy at a client base in indiranagar and the best option was box 8. I ordered chicken warps, paneer wraps, butter chicken meals, chicken over load meals, and icecreams (mango and mixed fruit).
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About Box8: Started by two IIT graduates Amit Raj and Anshul Gupta, Box8 currently claims to serve 12,000 meals every day to its consumer base through a network of 60 stores across three cities Mumbai, Pune and Bengaluru. The company initially started out as Poncho in 2011 serving only Mexican dishes in the quick service format (QSR), but then expanded its menu and re-branded (to Box8) in 2014.


Tandoori Paneer Wrap

Chunks of grilled cottage cheese wrapped in whole wheat roti with grilled mixed vegetables smoothered in a mustard sauce.

Seekh Kabab Wrap

Spicy grilled minced chicken skewers wrapped in whole wheat roti with mint chutney and sliced onions...

Chicken XXL Wrap

Chicken minced kababs, chicken grilled and shredded chicken wrapped in whole wheat roti with onion chutney...

All in One Meals

Butter Chicken Meal
Butter chicken gravy with boneless chicken, dhal makhani, corn salad, jeera rice, chutney, whole wheat roti, mint chutney and brownie...

Chicken Overload Meal
Grilled chicken seekh kabab, mint chutney, butter chicken, dhal makhani, whole wheat roti, corn salad and gulab jamun...

Over all food was satisfing and very tasty my picks are always the wraps and chicken over load meals. I already had 4 discount coupons plus there was a offer my total bill was only 600/- decent home style and hygenic meals for 4 of us on a budget was amazing.
Alphonso Mango Icecream

Mixed Fruit Icecream
Visit: https://box8.in/ for more info.
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