The bourgeoisie of Gurgaon got a taste of first ever GaonKhana organised by Gurgaon Food Freak – a sister chapter of Indian Food Freak. The event held on the afternoon of 25th August 2012 at Hachi Ba – Tibetan and Chinese Restaurant was attended by 25 adults and 3.5 kids (we had a toddler too).
The five course menu was handcrafted to give the Gurgaonites more than just a whiff of flavours from China and Tibet. The idea was to encourage foodies to experience something specially created for them in a relaxed environment while having loads of fun. And indeed the afternoon went just like that. The participants mingled easily with one another and sprouts of laughter amidst the ongoing chatter were fairly recognisable.
The first course of soups included a choice from vegetarian and non-vegetarian thupkas (A noodle soup served with meat or vegetables or both). This was followed by a choice of starters Vegetables Salt & Pepper, Potatoes Momo and Vegetable Sesame Toast for the vegetarians, while the non-vegetarians had to satisfy themselves with Chicken in Butter Garlic Sauce, Chicken Momos (Dumplings), Honey Glazed Chicken Wings, and Drunken Spare Ribs (Pork).
The good thing was we were able to space the courses by giving a break which not only allowed the attendees to mix around but also gave the kitchen and service chaps to get organised for the next onslaught.
As the guests settled down for the main course, presented on the table was an unending array of dishes – Four Treasurers Vegetables, Vegetables Hot Special & Mix Vegetables with Almonds (a house specialty), Chicken Hong Kong, Lamb Beijing Style and Mutton Ping-Sha (A Tibetan Delicacy). This long list of mains was accompanied with Vegetable Fried Rice, Vegetable Noodles and the breads that included Ting Mo (Tibetan steamed bread) and Bhasa, pronounced “phasa” (a Tibetan flatbread that is baked on a griddle and then finished over wood fire).
The desserts were simply spectacular. The deep fired chocolate momos sinfully filled up with snickers were a big hit with the kids who wanted yet another one. On the other hand, the date pancakes were light, crunchy and ably balanced by the accompanying vanilla ice cream.
The afternoon was exciting and filled up with fun for kids too who were seen playing and scampering around the restaurant while digging into food every now and then.
While the adults had to fish out Rs 400 per stomach for this wholesome gourmet experience (which included soft drinks too), the children ate for free courtesy Kalsang Kelly of Hachi Ba.