Asia Kitchen is a new restaurant by Mainland China. Explocity caught up with the Chef Rajesh Dubey.
Chef Rajesh Dubey
Tell us about the difference between Asia Kitchen and Mainland China ?
The menu of Asia Kitchen is a fruit of intensive research, in and around South Asian cities and hamlets. Oriental countries of China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Burma and Indonesia. The menu reflects cooking delicacies like an amalgamation of Chinese and Thai stir and Wok Fry, Japanese-style teppanyaki, Mongolian Barbecue, Korean Hotpots, Malay local hawker fare like chicken rice, laksa, bak kut teh and rojak are a part of this innovative menu.
On the other hand Mainland china serves authentic Chinese , the best Chinese food will be available here. We focus on cooking styles like - Hunan, Sichuan, Guangdong which focus mainly on Chinese.
Do you think Pan Asian is more popular than Chinese nowadays?
Chinese cuisine has been one of the most popular cuisines for a few decades now. Though in today’s age peoples are into exploring new destinations, new food, new lifestyles. Their palates are now tilting towards wanting something different. Though the cooking styles in Pan Asian are similar to Chinese, the Sauces used, the flavours, herbs are different thus giving it this unexplored taste that the consumers prefer.
Name and describe a signature dish from the menu?
Some dishes I would recommend are: Dynamite Tofu, Crispy Lotus Stem with Black Pepper and Curry Leaves, Green and Red Thai Curries, Nasi and Mee Goreng and for dessert - Caramel Sponge Cake with Toffee Sauce.
What are some key ingredients in Pan Asian cuisine?
I love to work with Lemongrass, Galangal, Basil, Kaffir Lime leaves and Coconut Milk.
Why does home cooked Asian food never taste as good as restaurant food?
The cooking styles, the equipment used in the restaurants, the high flame wok flavours and chefs special tosses are something you can experience only in a restaurant kitchen. At home, cooking focuses more on easy ways of preparing the dish, some ingredients are comprised upon, in most cases there are no high flames which are very important in Asian Wok cooking, where sauces are mixed and sauted for best aromas and fragrances.
Asia Kitchen is at 136, 1st Cross, 5th block, Koramangala, Jyoti Nivas, Bangalore