One thing I had decided even before I reached Bangalore for Linux-Bangalore/2004 – that I will manage atleast one dinner at Shiok.
So, three of us, that is I, and Aasim accompanied by and reached Shiok on 2nd December.
We sat in the lounge, had a round of drinks -Tarique, Mona and Khader relished their cocktails while I and aasim sipped our non alcoholic drinks.
The food we ate was out of the world and this is what we had and each dish is better than the other. One thing I am sure, no trip to Bangalore will be complete for us without visiting Shiok atleast once.
Recipe descriptions from htp://www.shiokfood.com
Garlic-peppered prawns: Juicy, succulent prawns marinated in a wonderful mix of garlic and white pepper, deep-fried.
Crispy chicken in ginger-garlic sauce: Chicken chunks, crispy outside, soft inside are served with a mild, flavourful sauce of ginger, garlic, soy sauce and sesame oil.
Sichuan potsticker dumplings: Boiled, steamed, or fried? How about all three in the same dish? These “potstickers” dumplings are first pan-fried, then cooked in hot stock. They then get a crispy base and a tender top. Pop them into your mouth in one shot and enjoy the taste explosion.
Golden baskets: Finely chopped chicken and soft sweet corn are stir-fried with a fragrant mixture of garlic, coriander roots, white pepper and soy sauce. Served in golden-crisp rice flour baskets. Perfect finger food.
Crispy fish in red curry sauce: First we take a whole fish, season it, and fry it. Then we smother it in our special red curry sauce. The fish remains crispy and the sauce plays with it nicely.
Drunken beef: Perfect to accompany your drinks, tender beef is quickly stir-fried with a spicy mixture of pounded chillies, garlic and basil. Get ready to order more
Nonya chicken: A classic example of mixed cuisine, the very Malay chilli is combined with the very Chinese dark soy sauce, star anise, and spring onions, and braised in this aromatic mixture. The resulting dish is surprisingly mild with just a hint of chilli.
Orange-lemon chicken: If you think only spicy dishes are tasty, you have to try our orange-lemon chicken. It’s different from the gooey lemon chicken found elsewhere and it’s yummy. That’s all we’re saying.
Singapore rice noodles :While no such dish exists in Singapore, this is the closest we know to what passes for it. Thin rice stick noodles are cooked with chicken, garlic, a touch of chillies and soy sauce.
Nasi goreng : Literally meaning “fried rice”, this Indonesian everyday dish is usually made by combining leftover rice with leftover anything else. We make it by frying a spice paste first, adding meat, rice, and sweet soy sauce, garnished with a fried egg.
While I loved every dish, my fav (and the taste still lingers when i think of it) remains Orange lemon chicken.
While we were just finishing, Madhu gave us a taste of his famous cocktail – Illusions – absolutely lovely and yes, I am sure it hits without warning -its smooth!