Thursday, 12 November 2015 09:00

A window to Thailand's gastronomic diversity

The recently launched Thai restaurant, Neung Roi is the ultimate place to savour flavourful and authentic Thai cuisine says Poonam Thapa, who was there with the team recently to sample the exceptional gastronomic delight.

An impressive wall arrangement of fresh purple orchids set the Thai ambience as they welcome you at the entrance. The minimalistic and modern décor states the effortless elegance of Neung Roi that is heightened by mute lighting and soft music, creating an exclusively restful ambience.

After being seated in a comfortable, cozy arrangement and placing our orders for beverages, we were already looking forward to the chef’s recommendations that promised us a unique voyage of Thailand's gastronomic diversity.

As the dishes appeared one by one, our taste buds opened up wonderfully to a cuisine that was wholesome and soulful, bringing out the cultural essence of Thailand. The first to arrive was the delicate Sago rice dumpling served with sweet chilli sauce. The bite sized portion was stuffed with a wonderful combination of mushrooms and peanuts and was indicator of the gastronomic delight we were to experience. It was followed by the crisp winged bean salad or Yam Tuea Plu that was sprinkled with crunchy roasted coconut and a tamarind sauce so refreshing that I had to try hard to control my urge to take several helpings. Then next was the Gai Yeng, a delightfully grilled chicken with roasted chili sauce that was simply incredible, needless to say we devoured it within minutes.

There was also a vegetarian amongst us and the chef considerately sent in the Tohu Song Khurg, a dish made of tofu with betel nut leaves. Striking in its presentation, the tofu was beautifully placed in a cute micro mini green leaf basket, drizzled with a tangy tamarind sauce. And as we were being initiated to the intense flavours of Isan, the delicate balance of Lanna, the freshness of the southern cuisine and the sophistication of central Thailand, I realized that Thai cuisine is not just about eating healthy but also about getting nature on your table. 

The luscious deep fried pork belly, Moo Thod Katiem, was voted the favorite by all meat eaters, due to its accurate crispiness on the outside and succulent tenderness in the inside, making it a perfectly scrumptious dish.

Although Thai cuisine is quite well established and received among Indian foodies with the Tom Yum soup featuring as a regular in restaurants, I feel it becomes difficult for foodies to find the fine balance in this ever popular soup when the spicy sourness becomes more pronounced and overpowering if not done properly. But at Neung Roi, it was indeed wonderful to discover a Tom Yum so finely balanced with the perfect blend of flavour and taste without being overwhelming on the palate. I was so glad to have selected the Pla Neung Manao, a steamed fish that was soft enough to fall apart at the touch of the chopsticks. Served with its fabulous delicate flavors of lime-chili sauce I highly recommended it along with another must have, the Goong Thod Ha Rod, a fried prawn dish spiked with five flavor sauce served and exceptionally well done caramelized onions. Phad Pak Kiew is a pure and perfect plate of stir fry greens for vegetarians, containing kale with morning glory, pok-choy, soya bean sauce that is beautifully seasoned with garlic and pepper. I just loved the crunchiness of the veggies and the knowledge that I was eating healthy helped to conceal my guilt of gluttony.

And then there was the Pad Thai Pak. For me a Thai meal is not complete without rice noodle dish, with a mix of tofu, bean sprout, chive, tamarind, chili and ground peanut. I couldn’t be more delighted to have sampled the most authentic Phad Thai here. Phad Kee Maow Tohu, tofu and vegetables served with nice hot basil, chili and dark soy sauce deserves a special mention as the vegetarian in our group couldn’t stop raving about the wonderful basil sauce.

After savouring so many dishes, we were absolutely up to the brim, but how can someone resist dessert after a wonderful meal? It was a simple yet delectable dish of sticky rice with fresh mango slices and coconut cream called Khao Niew Mamuang, where the natural flavours of the mango and coconut milk blended amazingly well with the texture of the sticky rice. The Saku Melon was another sweet dish which is sago in coconut milk with fresh melon. We were also served a visually captivating Tub Tim Krob, water chestnut in coconut jasmine syrup that elated out palate . The brilliant menu at Nueng Roi is crafted by Chef Yenjai and she certainly gives you an amazing experience to the best in the cuisine of the different regions of Thailand. It will be of no wonder if you slip into a contented and pleasant food stupor, as we did, after sampling this divine cuisine that is so pure and wholesome.! If you love Thai food or a foodie you shouldn't miss this one.

Give priority to natural wellness at these Ayurvedic healing centres

Give priority to natural wellness at these Ayurvedic healing centres

20 March 2020

Whether chronic or acute, if you are looking at ways to cure the illness or rejuvenate your body and soul, go about some reju...

Trailing the North-West Frontier food festival at Crowne Plaza Today Gurugram

Trailing the North-West Frontier food festival at Crowne Plaza Today Gurugram

27 February 2020

The North West Frontier dishes are all about large chunks of meat cooked over hours in slow fire or just barbecued under the...

Organic luxury with Olivier Claire at the Imperial Spa and salon

Organic luxury with Olivier Claire at the Imperial Spa and salon

18 February 2020

It was a luxurious evening giving the tail end of Delhi winter a fine goodbye when the The Imperial Hotel, Delhi hosted a sop...

Hyatt Pune gives you a calmness in the middle of a buzzing city

Hyatt Pune gives you a calmness in the middle of a buzzing city

15 February 2020

The suite on the 10th floor opened up to a beautiful sprawling garden and I could see a glimpse of the sky while still being...

Sources Unlimited opened the doors of its Flagship Store in Delhi

Sources Unlimited opened the doors of its Flagship Store in Delhi

15 February 2020

You can shop the best for your house now at the newly opened Sources Unlimited store that caters to all your luxury decor nee...

Glenfiddich celebrated the preview of Materiology 2.0 exhibition - parallel VIP event with the India Art Fair

Glenfiddich celebrated the preview of Materiology 2.0 exhibition - parallel VIP event with the India Art Fair

07 February 2020

It was a lovely evening term at the Stir Gallery as many national and international artists came together to celebrate art, T...

Crowne Plaza, Greater Noida, opens its doors to a spanking new Indian fine dining restaurant - Spice Art

Crowne Plaza, Greater Noida, opens its doors to a spanking new Indian fine dining restaurant - Spice Art

01 February 2020

The ever growing Greater Noida is now home to a brand new fine dining Indian restaurant serving authentic North Indian food,...

20 best reasons for you to experience Monaco

20 best reasons for you to experience Monaco

28 January 2020

The indescribable feeling you get when you make the first step on a new journey to discover yet another portion of the world....

A taste of Argentinian wine at The Manor, New Delhi

A taste of Argentinian wine at The Manor, New Delhi

25 January 2020

It was an afternoon of serious wine tasting as Nalin Gupta Founder of The Social Network along with the Ambassador of Argenti...

It's the year of the rats at ChaoBella, Crowne Plaza Today, Okhla

It's the year of the rats at ChaoBella, Crowne Plaza Today, Okhla

24 January 2020

Don't get fooled by the name ChaoBella serving Chinese dishes, that's the way it is. In this restaurant at The Crowne Plaza T...