NEW FOOD delivery website, 48 East chooses to focus on Eastern flavours and does it really well. Launched in June this year, the site offers authentic gourmet dishes spanning Malaysian, Indonesian, Chinese, Japanese, Burmese, Korean and Thai cuisines. The menu changes every Friday, so rest assured you’ll never get tired of their offerings.
Giving the traditional roast chicken salad an Asian twist is the Bulgogi Chicken Salad — chicken grilled and tossed with fresh red, yellow and green capsicum, bok choy and a soy-based sauce. The vegetarian equivalent, with thin slivers of guava, and papaya, apart from lettuce and capsicum, was a mix of tangy and sweet flavours, which proved to be a great start to the meal.
No Asian meal is complete without dumplings, so we sampled the Spinach Dim Sum. Sauteed spinach, cheese, and burnt garlic in a silky casing, this a definite must-try. The Barbecued Chicken Bao, one of their signatures, is also worth every penny. The bun was soft and slightly chewy, and with the mix of sweet and spicy flavours, it most definitely hits the spot.
A seafood lover’s dream, Sea Food in Home XO Sauce came with a generous inclusion of calamari, prawns and fish. The protein was well balanced by bok choy, diced carrots, cherry tomato and capsicum with red chillies adding some heat. The whole-wheat basil cilantro flat noodles that it is paired with gives it a healthy twist, while also adding some flavour.
Those with a weakness for meals in a bowl, must not miss the Khao Suey, a Burmese staple, featuring noodles, hard boiled egg, veggies, and meat in a broth of coconut milk. Flavoured with lemongrass, the heavy soup is given a hint of freshness with greens and cherry tomatoes.
And while Asian cuisines are not really renowned for their desserts, we did enjoy their caramel custard in a jar, with a hint of tender coconut for an Eastern touch. One can also opt for their Banana Five Nut Roll. An interesting twist on banana fritters, the banana is dipped in batter and deep fried, and then garnished with crushed almonds, pistachio, cashew and peanuts.
Rs 500 for two. At Indiranagar. Details: fortyeighteast.com
— Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo