Saturday, May 13, 2017

Cheung Fun Festival at Zen, The Leela Palace, Bengaluru!

Zen at The Leela Palace, Bengaluru is having yet another food festival and this time it is Cheung Fun food festival. Before you think it’s some fun related festival, let me tell you that Cheung Fun is steamed rice noodle roll, which is a popular dish in Southern China. Cheung Fun is made with prawns, chicken, beef, pork or veggies and it’s a bundle full of flavors. Zen has created a striking menu with all the above items mentioned, which makes you feel like you shouldn’t miss a single Cheung Fun dish. Some of my favorites were the ‘Crispy Prawns Cheung fun’, Three style Mushroom Cheung fun, Steam Angus with spicy Hoisin sauce and BBQ Pork Cheung fun.

Recently I was invited to experience the Cheung Fun menu along with few food aficionados.  We started off with two drinks – Pineapple cooler and Strawberry drink. The Ombré effect on the tall glass of Strawberry drink was visually appealing but as I’m not an inky-pinky person, I was happy with my Pineapple cooler which was perfect for the afternoon. Meanwhile, the Senior Sous Chef Abhijit greeted us and gave us more details on Cheung Fun. By now we were sure that we are going to have a wonderful afternoon with great food and conversations.

Along with drinks we had some accompaniments like prawns wafers and flavored crisps. Our meal started with a cold, delightful, and crunchy veg salad with lettuce, juliennes of vegetables, caramelized onions, and nuts. It tasted exotic as it sounds.

I love the usage of Bird’s eye chili in Oriental cuisine and the refreshing Manchow soup had my favorite element.

Next on the menu was the much awaited Cheung Fun dishes. I love the way it was carefully crafted with veg and meat fillings; which were taken with or without sauces. I have dined at Zen before and for a perfect Oriental fine dining experience, this is one of the best places in town.

We tried the following Cheng fun dishes -

Steamed Chicken and Black Pepper Cheung Fun

Crispy Prawn Cheung Fun

Steam Angus with Spicy Hoisin Cheung Fun

 BBQ Pork Cheung Fun

 Crispy Vegetable Cheung Fun

 Three style Mushroom Cheung Fun

All Cheung Funs were presented with a hint of micro greens and not a single Cheung fun disappointed me. Each one was better than the other one and portion size was perfect for our tasting session. Few Cheung Fun wraps were so delicate as well as colorful. The beetroot gave it a beautiful purplish red color. Another interesting ingredient was tiny beads like structured flying fish roe used in the Prawns Cheung fun. It not only gave a visual appeal but tasted great too.

The overwhelming hospitality at The Leela Palace draws me to this place again and again. They served us some main course and desserts which were not part of the fest. For the main course, I had a small portion of egg fried rice, veg Hakka noodles along with a flavorful Chinese Chicken gravy.

By now we were almost done and then they surprised us with some desserts of our choice. They doled out some Litchi lemon sorbet and Wasabi Cheesecake with wild berry compote. My vote goes for the Wasabi dessert. The taste of Wasabi was very mild which I felt it could’ve been a bit more as I love Wasabi a lot. My perfect afternoon meal ended with a hot cup of coffee.

Whether it’s the ambiance, wonderful hospitality or just the array of gourmet offerings; Zen at The Leela Palace never fails to satisfy its patrons with an extraordinary experience. Chef Abhijit and his team have done a brilliant job with these master creations in the form of Cheung Fun. Cheung Fun Festival is on until 15th May 2017 and if you haven’t tried then make your reservations asap. A meal for two would be ₹2500/- (approximately).

Zen -The Leela Palace
Old Airport Road,
For reservations, contact - 080 30571520
Check out their website - The Leela Palace, Bengaluru

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