48 East brings to you, delectable food from 48 Asian countries. The thought of having gourmet food in the comfort of your home is a brilliant idea and that’s exactly what they’re capitalizing on. With a weekly rotating menu, there’s always something new and exciting to look forward to from 48 East!
My good friend Carolyn told me about this and I was eager to try this out for myself. Raj from 48 East got in touch with me for an elaborate tasting and I only mentioned one thing; I’d prefer to have gluten free dishes. Me being a gluten sensitive fussy eater and Asian food being laden with gluten, be it noodles, momos or soy based sauces, it meant a combination that wasn’t going to down my intestines very well!! But, here’s what made my experience with 48 East so memorable and fulfilling; Raj and his team went through the pain of devising a gluten free menu, just for me. The lengths that they were ready to go, to make sure just one customer in me, didn’t have a bad experience is what makes me truly appreciate their customer focus 🙂
To be honest, you’d still feel special if you weren’t given as much a special treatment like me! I say that because, every single dish on their regular menu is unique and spellbinding in itself! Do check out my friend Pratheek’s post : 48 East By Grubitizer .
Let’s take a look at what I had 🙂
Prawn and Glass Noodle Salad
Although, glass noodles still qualify fro gluten, I am had the rest of the salad and absolutely scraped the entire bowl of salad, only with spoon and not a wire 😉 The prawns were fresh as though it were sourced just about a few minutes ago! They were not fried or seasoned with too much of spice rubs.
Chicken & Water chestnut Siu Mai in Napa
Mind you, this isn’t your regular dimsum. It’s a type of traditional Chinese dumpling originated from Hohhot, Inner Mongolia. Chicken and bits of water chestnut wrapped in wonton skin, steamed to perfection. It went very well with the sauces that were provided as accompaniments. It was easily the best dish of the day!
Indonesian Chicken Satay with peanut sauce
Chicken Sate (Satay Ayam) is a popular street food in Indonesia. Seasoned chicken on skewers with a peanut dip was extremely delightful. The spice profile was just tuned to my request. It didn’t have any of the soy that usually prevails. I loved this one. I had called on a few colleagues to help me with the massive amount of food and they liked this dish as well 🙂
Persian Dill & Chicken Stew in raisin polo
I’m not a big fan of dill leaves and somehow didn’t like the overall taste of this dish. The dish had an overpowering taste of spices and I could get a very bitter taste from the gravy. Well, to be fair, this is exactly how the dish should have tasted! Just that my palette couldn’t appreciate it 🙂
Wok Fried BokChoy Mushroom with Moon Fan
Moon Fan is to China as Biriyani is to India! It’s a Chinese fried rice that goes well with mushrooms. Some wild fried rice along with some wok fried mushrooms were an absolute delight. A surprise ingredient, walnuts, was a welcome addition! I thought this was an extremely healthy alternative to your regular fried rice with thick Chinese gravies 🙂
No meal is ever complete without dessert 🙂 Tab Tim Krob and Gulkand Zauk-e-Shahi were the two desserts for the meal! The former one being a Thai delicacy with crunchy water chestnuts in sweet coconut milk and the latter one being an Indian dessert with Gulab Jamoons in creamy Rabdi 🙂
Ever since I first tasted Tab Tim Krob, I’ve been a huge fan of it. What was provided by 48 East was absolutely wonderful. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end my meal!
The Gulkand Zauk-e-Shahi were tiny gulkand flavored balls of khoya in sweet creamy Rabdi.
I had a great Asian meal and I can’t thank 48 East enough for making me change my mind about Asian food 🙂 I now know where to look for, in case I’m in the mood to indulge in some fine & healthy Asian gourmet affair!
Here’s their website: 48 East