Asian De­lights

India Today - - CHENNAI - By Krithika Suku­mar

The new­est to join the city’s fast grow­ing list of restau­rants serv­ing up pop­u­lar, di­verse Chi­nese and South-east Asian favourites, Hu­tong pro­fesses to be in­spired by Sichuan flavours. The dim­sum se­lec­tion at the min­i­mal­ist-dé­cor restau­rant is ex­ten­sive, which in­cludes usual sus­pects like sea­sonal veg­etable har­gow and mixed seafood siu­mai. The win­ner there how­ever is the slightly sweet bao, stuffed with crispy tofu and a hot chilli sauce and served warm in a bam­boo steamer.

Those seek­ing com­fort Chi­nese food have enough to pick from their crowd-pleasers like crispy-fried lo­tus stem with Sichuan pep­pers, creamy corn soup, sweet-spicy dragon prawn with cashewnut, kung-pao chicken and but­ter-gar­lic fried rice. For choices lighter on the palate, try their de­li­cious clear, veg­etable broth or sticky fried rice with edamame, that comes with a mildly pun­gent mushroom gravy.

More in­ter­est­ing are their dessert ex­per­i­ments like the milk toast topped with browned sugar and con­densed milk ice-cream and steamed Man­tao buns dipped in cus­tard.

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