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With love from Korea

Check out the recently opened Korean Caftheta for some scrumptious eats...


KOREAN CAFTHETA, the restaurant in Hotel Hilten at Thampanoor, has on offer a variety of Korean munchies. Started in February this year, the restaurant caters mainly to Korean tourists, though many locals also visit the place.

The interiors cannot be described as purely Korean, but the ambience is pleasant and serene. Though the spread is categorised under snacks, many of them make up for a whole meal. Coca-Cola is the general accompaniment as no hot beverages are served here. The dual pricing for every dish is justified owing to the inclusion of Coca-Cola.

Hea-Mul-Buchingae (Rs. 60 if ordered with Coke and Rs. 50 otherwise) is very much like our dosa, but with a lot of vegetables and fish added to the batter. This is a truly traditional Korean dish and very popular. So is Yah-Chee-Buchimgae, the same as Hea-Mul-Buchingae, only the latter is purely vegetarian.

Very similar to the desi chicken fry is Yangyum Chicken, priced at Rs. 30 apiece. The tangy taste of the dish is derived from the Yangyum sauce used. This sauce is used in almost all Korean dishes. If you can bear the tang, this dish comes across as very tasty.

Kimchi Buchimgae (Rs. 55/Rs. 65), made from Chinese cabbage, Korean chilli powder and vinegar, is very similar to our roti, accompanied by the Kimchi sauce, which is almost like our pickle. Kkochee (Rs. 60/Rs. 70) is the Korean version of our kabab, with pieces of chicken or beef marinated in mustard sauce, skewered and fried.

The other interesting fare include popcorns - both vegetable (Rs. 40/Rs. 50) and chicken (Rs. 80/Rs. 90). Chicken or vegetable pieces are dipped in a mixture of cornflour and maida with yangyum sauce and spices and fried. This is a real yummy treat.

The other dishes include Yah-Chu-Tui-Kim (Rs. 55/Rs. 65), which is deep fried potato and carrot mixed in cornflour and maida with lots of spices and Go-Chu-Gang Buchimgae (Rs. 45/Rs. 55), which is another kind of roti eaten with mustard sauce.

Korean taste makes its presence felt in the dessert section as well. The Black Mountain (Rs. 25 for small helping and Rs. 40 for the big one) is a combination of any ice cream of your choice, milk, Korean coffee powder, fresh cream and chocolate powder. This is a winner and worth every penny you pay. Sunny (Rs. 25) is Korean coffee and Snow Mountain (Rs. 25/Rs. 40) is any ice cream with coffee, milk and fresh cream. There is the Coffee Choco Crush (Rs. 20/Rs. 30) and CafTheta Latte (Rs. 25/Rs. 35). The most impressive of the lot is Korean tea, which is served in four cups. In one cup you get the tea, in the next comes Omija, then Chinese Quince and Mywort. These can be mixed to consume as a single drink or can be had separately. This drink is generally served with Doungoole, a special cookie, which adds to the taste.

Fried rice and noodles in Korean taste are also served on request.

For budding doodlers, there is a graffiti board, where you can write your thing. No expletives please.

AMBIKA VARMA

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