Asian Hawkers Market, a one-of-its-kind celebration of Far East and South East Asia food is back at Select City Walk, with its second edition.
After absolutely loving my first time here, I had to go back to try new things and spend time eating at old favourites. Plus it is always lovely to sit in the open, overlooking the chirp and spending time with friends (and chopsticks).
This time, there are 24 multi award-winning restaurants lined up – all serving delicious, hot food priced below Rs. 500. The best part is all of them are placed next to each other, so food-hopping is so easy.
Here’s a glimpse of things I really enjoyed:
– Pa Pa Ya
This restaurant came all the way from Mumbai, so I was desperate to try this place. So much so I waited for 45 minutes for them to set up. But the wait was worth it! I first got the hot dog which was delicious. The duck was juicy and moist, the crunch of bonito flakes along with the cooling Japanese mayo
Straight off I got the hot dog. One bite and the flavor hit the right spot. The duck was juicy and moist, the crunch of bonito flakes along with the cooling Japanese mayo was delicious.
Next was the pork belly. And nothing went wrong here. To think of it who doesn’t like pork?! The meat was falling off the stick and went so smoothly with that that thick yogurt dip . I can’t for them to open in Delhi.
– Litchi Wontons from Hawkers Chowk
This was suggested by Rama, the owner of Sugarama and I can’t thank him enough. It sounds strange- litchis with wontons. Imagine sweet litchis, crunchy wonton and acidic, oniony herbs with bean sports. Reads delicious? Well, it was.
– Dimsums from Big Wong and Joy Luck Moon
Absolutely recommend trying Big Wong in particular. Especially the Thai Herbs and Chicken Curry. These small nibbles are packed with flavour and are so light in texture.
– Octopus takoyaki dumplings at Yum Yum Cha
Takoyaki is a ball-shaped, deep-fried Japanese snack that is stuffed with meat and served with dried, crispy aonori and Japanese Worcestershire sauce. Different, yet delish. If you like to experiment and adore Japanese food, try these.
To cool off all the heat and walking, I tried the Thai Orange drink and Chocolate mochi ice cream from here. No issues. They did what they had too- cool my inside and pump me for more food.
– Baos at Fatty Bao
Chicken bao was what I got from here. The slow-cooked meat was subtly spiced and went well with sweet, soft bao. To balance it there were crunchy fresh cucumbers, making it a medley of textures and flavours. Yum!
Overall, if Asian cuisine gets’s you weak in the knees and if you find real happiness wrapped in seaweed, glazed with soy and sizzled with freshness then this festival should be on your list this weekend.
When: 12 – 14 February 2016
Where: Select Citywalk, Saket
Nearest Metro Station: Malviya Nagar
Timings: 12pm – 10pm
P.S. : There’s a lot of food, so highly recommend to go empty stomach. For more mouth-watering pictures, click here.