Serving Pan Asian goodness

Serving Pan Asian goodness

A glance at their menu, especially the dim sum and sushi sections, immediately validated that it would be a wonderful food experience at Big Wong. Opened in May at the DLF Mall of India, Noida (India’s largest destination mall) — which is host to more than 70 food and beverage outlets — this Pan Asian casual dining space with a seating space for about 90 people, won our hearts with their warm hospitality, welcoming ambience, and above all, the finger-licking food.

Being a Monday evening there wasn’t any waiting queue at the restaurant even at 8.30 p.m., so we walked in at leisure and seated ourselves near the entrance. Since the place does not serve any alcohol currently, we were suggested to try their mocktails — ‘Kaffir Lime and Orange’ and ‘Apple Basil Peach’. Both drinks were extremely refreshing and washed away all the blues — work and traffic. Rejuvenated, we now felt hungry.

So first to be served were ‘Ebi Tempura Roll’ (prawn tempura and white sesame seeds with mayonnaise), and ‘Asparagus Tempura Roll’ (asparagus tempura and black sesame seeds with mayonnaise). Both sushi, with a bit of wasabi paste, did wonders to our taste buds. It was a wonderful start to the evening.

Next up were a variety of dim sum — ‘Prawn and Chives Thai Herbs’ (prawn and chives dumpling topped with Thai herbed sweet chilli sauce), ‘Chicken Thai Herbs’ (chicken and Thai herb dim sum topped with chef’s special Thai sweet chilli sauce), ‘Curry Chicken’ (chicken marinated with red chilli and sesame oil topped with a yellow curry sauce), and ‘Spicy Asparagus’ (asparagus and mushroom dim sum with lemongrass and curry powder). Such distinct tastes, we thought, with each being better than the other and their accompanying sauces adding that extra punch.

While we enjoyed each variety, we particularly liked the prawn and chives, and chicken Thai herbs dumplings. These, we were later told, are their hottest selling dim sum. Also, the ‘Curry Chicken’ dumpling was an interesting way to incorporate Thai flavours in to the dish.

It was now time to taste a few dishes from their ‘Starters’ section, and we were served ‘Chicken Sake Wine’ (sliced chicken tossed in chilli, garlic and Japanese sake wine), and ‘Steamed Fish Black Bean’. “Wow!” is what we said the moment we tasted these appetisers. Without doubt, the chicken and fish preparations were the best we ate that night. Perfectly steamed, the fish, tossed in black bean sauce, simply dissolved in out mouth. Even the chicken was absolutely tender and had the right balance of flavours.

Still relishing the aftertaste of the two starters, we took a short break before the main course, for which we were served portions of ‘Green Thai Curry’ (vegetarian), ‘Chicken Claypot’ (sliced chicken, red and yellow capsicum in shrimp paste claypot sauce), ‘Sliced Lamb Chilli Hoisin’ (sliced lamb with red and yellow capsicum, snow peas and red chilli tossed in chilli hoisin sauce), with ‘Vegetarian Hakka Noodles’ and ‘Steamed Rice’.

Since we were almost full, we could not enjoy each dish as much as we would have liked to, but we thoroughly relished the chicken, and the Thai curry preparations. We found the lamb to be a little chewy, but the hoisin sauce was a bagful of tastes which went perfectly with rice.

With so much to eat, and little space in our stomachs, we gave their desserts a miss. Something for next time, we thought.

Address: 404/405, third floor, DLF Mall of India, sec 18, Noida
Meal for two: Rs 1,500
Timing: 11.30 a.m. to
11.30 p.m

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