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Tingle your taste buds with Asian cuisine in Jaipur

Megha Mamgain

Updated: February 11, 2014, 2:21 PM IST
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The charm of a place is not just in the architecture, but also in the streets, the people, the culture and the food. My face lit up in the alleys and the forts of Jaipur as I pretended to be princess Jodha one moment and in another Basanti!

After a happy over doze of the daal baati for lunch, we felt like some Asian dinner. It is not very easy to get a group to agree on one cuisine, when it comes to eating out. I am sure you all know it. So after we had aptly developed a craving for some nice hot soup and noodles, we went hunting for a place that would satiate our now growing and anticipating appetites.

Incase you are looking beyond the traditional daal baati and kachori in Jaipur, this post will help you decide where to eat.

The Republic of Noodles, at the Lemon Tree Premier in Jaipur is the place to head out for an array of Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, Cambodian and Vietnamese dishes that will make you drool. The interiors are done up in deep red and black, a colour scheme that is consistent even in the plates, spoons and the bowls the food is served in. The half shut eyes of the Buddha statue and the lemony fragrance (that is so true to Lemon tree) puts to in a place of calm immediately.

Three tiny pots of dipping sauces are put on the table, and the server strongly recommends one and warns us about another being very hot. We start the meal with Vietnamese Corn and Asparagus soup made in garlic infused oil. The lovely aroma and flavours are so clean and bang on. Next, put on the table is a prawn platter. Prawns and lemongrass stir-fried, served beautifully on a banana leaf with a coconut milk dip. The prawns were tender and juicy and really delicious.

Other must haves at the Republic of Noodles are the clay pot curries that come in options of vegetarian, chicken, red meat, fish and prawns. And the rice and the noodles of course, their specialty is the MHAD Noodles. These are special chilli coriander noodles with a mix of boiled soft noodles and the crispy fried ones. We had the Massaman curry with shiitake, zucchini and tempered with my favourite spice the star anise.

We fished the meal with a remarkably interesting desert. Water chestnut rubies and Longan in Coconut milk was presented in a martini glass and looked marvelous. Interestingly, the Chinese have used Longan as a blood tonic, to calm the mind, to add luster to the skin and also sometimes referred to as a love tonic.

Love, food, just the words that will me head back to the Republic of Noodles, the next time I'm visiting Jaipur. A meal for two would cost you a little over thousand bucks with dessert.

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First Published: February 11, 2014, 2:21 PM IST

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