Love K-pop and K-dramas? It’s time to try some K-food. If you want to savour the authentic flavours of Korean cuisine, get yourself to Honk, Pullman New Delhi Aerocity which is hosting a Korean Food Festival till 11th May.
It’s a cuisine that has been perfected over thousands of years, known for its delicate presentation, bold flavours and instant appeal. A typical Korean meal always includes rice, a soup or stew, lots of sides dishes and some mains. Then there are the famed dishes like kimbap and bulgogi and, of course, Korean barbecue, which is a realm in its own right. Pickled and fermented foods, like kimchi, are also part of the Korean culinary repertoire.
With the increasing popularity of K-pop and K-dramas in India, there is a lot of curiosity about Korean food. Given a sizeable population of Korean expats, there are quite a few Korean restaurants in India. Many pan-Asian restaurants will also include a few Korean dishes at least.
Discover Korea Food Festival at Honk, the fine-dining Asian restaurant at Pullman New Delhi Aerocity, therefore, comes at the right time. What better way to discover a great culture than through its cuisine.
I started my meal with a Guksu, a Korean clear noodle soup containing radish, spring onion, dried anchovies, nori sheets, egg, chicken, sesame seeds and kimchi oil. The flavours were as authentic as they come. Also known as Janchi-Guksu or Banquet Noodles, it is a celebratory dish. My vegetarian companions were happy with their Kimchi Jjigae soup.
Korean food is perfect for the fitness aficionado. Salads always accompany a Korean meal and we had Sangchu-Geotjeori (Korean curly lettuce dressed with gochujang paste), Oi-Muchim (seedless cucumber dressed with Korean pepper) and Ojingeo Muchim (spicy cuttlefish salad).
Kimbap is one of the most recognisable dishes of the Korean repertoire and is often had as an appetiser. We had several, from a Tuna Kimbap to a Mushroom and Avocado Kimpbap but the standout one for me was the Cheese Kimchi Kimbap, a delicious amalgamation of spicy kimchi, seaweed and mozzarella cheese.
The appetisers also included Dak Galbi (spicy stir-fried chicken) and Korean Fried Chicken.
The stars of the main course were Bul Gogi Lamb (grilled slices of marinated lamb in a soy, sugar, garlic, pear, black pepper, sesame seed and white onion gravy) and Japchae (stir-fried Korean glass noodles, spinach, carrot, bell pepper, onion and shiitake mushrooms tossed in a light soy-honey sauce). There was also Dwaejigogi-Bokkeum (spicy stir-fired Korean pork belly) and Sundubu-Jjigae (a spicy tofu stew).
For dessert we had Yaksik (sweet rice with nuts and jujubes) and Green Tea Ice Cream. Don’t miss it for the world — it’s all very dramatic.
Overseeing the Korean Food Festival is Chef Neeraj Tyagi, Culinary Director of Novotel and Pullman New Delhi Aerocity. The Korean menu itself has been curated by Chef Jiyeol Kim from the Korean Embassy.
Discover Korea Food festival at Honk is one not to be missed.