During my college times, I always wondered how these fancy non-Indian dishes tastes. Sadly no place was that affordable during that time for me to visit and relish these items. When it came to Asian cuisine, the options were only limited to the fine dine. One had to spend a big amount just for 2-3 items where each item would cost more than 350 each!
Punekars are now blessed with a wonderful quick serving restaurant which can make an easy option for your ambitious dive into the unknown cuisine. Noodle Canteen is the place to visit for this cause.
Tom Yum (Shrimp)
Cost: ₹ 125
Quite skeptical about having this soup, but trust me this blew my mind. The soup had so much depth and was perfectly balanced. Originated in Thailand – distinct sour flavors spiced with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal and crushed chili. A wide range of exotic flavors that did hit the right cords when it came to the spiciness aspect. One can have a fulfilling soup experience if you ever crave one for. The shrimps were majestic. Never had a shrimp soup this good without any foul repulsive smell. One must try this place for the this particular one, if you ever wanna try the ‘other one than chicken’ meat soup.
Caramel Pepper Chicken
Cost: ₹ 195
The name sounds a clear winner on the menu card, the first bites makes it clear and a victorious dish. Superbly done chicken item which originated in Vietnam – Crisp, Sweet and Spicy strips of chicken. The idealistic switch of the taste from the sweet caramel aspect to the spicy pepper one will totally make your visit here worth it. With that being said, once the piping hot dish settles for a while on your table your chicken pieces will have a crisp caramel which will for sure trouble you. The feedback was provided on spot and assurance that care will be taken to avoid this in future was provided spontaneously.
Balinese Chicken Satay
Cost: ₹ 195
‘Satay’ implies small pieces of meat grilled on a skewer and served with a spiced sauce that typically contains peanuts. The best satay I’ve had this year. This dish being from Indonesia – pan seared flavored with peanut butter is a idealistic appetizer to tantalize your taste buds. The chicken was juicy fresh rubbed with a lot of fantastic herbs which did wonders on the presentation as well as the taste. Served alongside peanut butter which I did not require as the chicken was complete by itself.
Chicken Khow Suey
Cost: ₹ 240
After having khow-suey all over the city, the expectations from this place was quite high since it was recommended by a lot of my friends. Well, the item just managed to live upto my expectations. The coconut curry was indeed good, with a lot of veggies and beautiful cut bite sized chicken chunks in it. For my liking would have loved it to be more saturated and a strong flavored curry to go with the noodles.Rest noodles and the condiments served were on point.
Cost: ₹ 130
A very simple appetizer yet managed to bring out the smile on the face and satisfaction of having something sweet at the end. The crispy wonton had chocolate inside it and drizzled with salted caramel. Overall, a very different and one of kind dessert item I’ve had in the recent time.
Overall a satisfactory experience from Noodle Canteen in Kalyani Nagar. A very small comfy place for the quick hunger craving with minimum damage to your pocket.
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