#NewMenuAlert: Hong Kong Club’s New Menu Promises A Burst Of Flavours With An Edgy Twist 


Highlights

  • Hong Kong Club by Andaz Delhi is a lounge specialising in Cantonese food
  • The Hong Kong Club has found a loyal fanbase among foodies
  • The ingredients for the new menu are sourced from local farms

When about a year back, Andaz Delhi came up with a lounge specialising in Cantonese food, the expectations were towering high. After all, Andaz’s first outing in AnnaMaya had already struck a chord with foodies who loved the delicious, clean and locally sourced food that was on offer. The Hong Kong Club at Andaz, Delhi has been equally successful at finding a loyal fanbase among authentic Cantonese food lovers. And if you have haven’t had the chance to visit this trending hotspot as yet, Hong Kong Club’s sumptuous new tasting menu may be the motivation you have been looking for all this while! 

Speaking about the new menu, executive chef Alexander Moser said, “working with Chef Fuhai, we have created a modern day story, inspired by traditional Cantonese cooking. Using carefully sourced ingredients from our local partners, with time-honoured techniques, we have curated a menu with punchy flavours and the occasional edgy twist. ” 

(Also Read: 5 Things You Should Never Do While Eating Chinese Food)

While Delhi has no dearth of options or accessibility to Chinese food, an authentic Cantonese fair is a rare deal. The extensive range of captivating cocktails and liquers, further elevate the dining experience at this exclusive restaurant.

Cantonese cuisine refers to the cuisine popular in China’s Guangdong Province, particularly the provincial capital, Guangzhou. The eclectic blend of sauces, balance of cold and dry ingredients and soothing consistency of soups and wok-fried dishes make Cantonese cuisine a gastronomic showstopper of sorts in the gourmet space.

The Hong Kong Club, promises to take you on an authentic and flavourful ride through the streets of Guangzhou and offer you some of the best dim sums like the crystal dumplings made with the goodness of cauliflower, red and chinese cabbage or the delicious prawns, asparagus and crispy garlic dumplings. Bao lovers can enjoy a toothsome spread of classic barbequed pork and chicken bao, or the mixed mushroom and oyster sauce bao. Then there’s a range of crispy fried, boiled and lotus leaf wrapped dumplings to leave you further spoiled for choices. 

The hot and cold appetizers made with the locally grown veggies makes for a scrumptious treat too! From asparagus, home cured cucumber, spinach, endives, pomello, scallions, shallots and a lot more fresh and crunchy delights are tossed in a variety of sauces is sure to leave your taste buds tingling long after you have left. 

(Also Read: 13 Best Vegetarian Chinese Recipes| Easy Chinese Recipes)

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Hong Kong Club’s new menu will leave you spoiled for choices

Those looking for authentic Cantonese soup are in for a treat too! Clear mushroom broth with Kashmiri morels wonton, seafood hot and sour soup with prawns and squid lobster and hand-pulled noodle soup, chicken broth with vegetable and crispy shallots are some of the soothing treats on offer. 

Barbeque Hong Kong duck, pork belly, wok fried bamboo red rice, Cantonese sweet and sour prawns, lobster, chicken and crispy noodle fungus with shitake mushrooms are some of the other exciting dishes of the new menu that looks oh-so-interesting to miss! 

Where: Hong Kong Club, Andaz Delhi, Asset 1, Aerocity, New Delhi

Cost For Two: INR 3500





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Badminton Gets Edgy To Win Fans


“That’s a conscious choice… We are competing for people’s time and attention — on television, on social media, online,” the Dane said on the sidelines of the World Championships in Nanjing, China.

“We want to engage them in badminton and make them think badminton.”

For spectators, that means more than just loud music and the fancy spotlights that rake over the audience between matches.

It is also the thudding “heartbeat” sound that plays to the crowd during a video decision review, ratcheting up the tension, and players walking onto court like rock stars.

“The big thing for us at the moment is to ensure that it is not really about the court or the surroundings, it is really about the players,” said Lund, a former Olympian in the sport.

“It is about… how you present the players, these players that people think of as stars, present them as stars.

“It’s a theatre thing.”

The notorious “kiss cam”, when couples in the crowd are flashed up on the big screen and encouraged to smooch, was in full effect in Nanjing, where Japan’s Kento Momota was crowned men’s champion and Spain’s Carolina Marin won the women’s title.

More money

Badminton — popular in Asia and bits of Europe but a niche sport in many countries — is “growing as a sport on many different levels”, according to Lund.

The BWF has attracted new sponsors, notably global banking heavyweight HSBC, and there is more prize money for players, he said.

For the first time, there is a handful of semi-professional referees and later umpires too.

Getting children interested, whether as spectators or players, is a key plank of the Kuala Lumpur-based BWF’s drive to make badminton more popular and find the stars of the future.

“It’s about getting a racquet into their hand and keeping it in there,” said Lund. To that end, the BWF has a schools programme in 132 countries.

Nobody is pretending that badminton will rival football for global popularity, but the BWF believes there is plenty of room to grow.

More competition

At the London 2012 Olympics, China cleaned up, winning all five titles.

But those days of Chinese domination have gone, even if the hosts did win the mixed and men’s doubles titles when the World Championships wrapped up on Sunday.

Japan took gold in the women’s doubles to go with Momota’s singles title.

China’s somewhat waning powers can only be good for badminton’s popularity — who wants to see the same country win everything?

“But the good thing is that it is not because China have become worse, it’s that the others have got better, we have seen a rise in standard,” said Lund.

“Japan are fantastic, India are fantastic, Thailand, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), the Spain story with Carolina (Marin), Denmark still hanging on, which is good for the sport.

“It has become more diverse.”



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Vedanta Copper Smelter May Shut Till 2019, Investors Edgy: Foreign Media


Deadly protests last week have prolonged a shutdown of the 400,000 metric ton-a-year operation.

A troubled 2018 so far for billionaire Anil Agarwal’s Vedanta Ltd. may get worse amid concern that its key copper smelter in Tamil Nadu could remain shut until 2019, further pressuring a stock that’s down 25 percent since the start of the year.

Deadly protests last week over alleged pollution from the Tuticorin smelter have prolonged a shutdown of the 400,000 metric ton-a-year operation. After being hit earlier in the year by an iron ore mining ban and a steel acquisition roadblock, Vedanta, India’s biggest aluminum producer, has also warned it may be forced to reduce output of the metal.

The copper smelter may not restart for at least 12 months and the closure may shave about $200 million-$250 million from pre-tax earnings, said Vishal Kulkarni, a Singapore-based analyst at S&P Global Ratings. “The intensity of the protests and the intensity of the regulatory issues might mean that it could take some time.”

A combination of bad news across its operating industries has made Vedanta one of the biggest losers this year among the 10-member S&P BSE India Metal Index that’s slid by 12 percent. Concern over the stock’s growth prospects may see further falls, according to CNI Research Ltd.

Vedanta didn’t respond to emails seeking comment on the timing of the smelter closure and the share price outlook. The Tamil Nadu government set up an inquiry after nine people were reported killed this week in protests against the smelter, which was halted for maintenance at the end of March. The closure was extended in the face of mounting opposition from villagers over allegations that pollution was hurting locals’ health. The producer has denied the claims.

Plans to double its capacity are also under threat after a local court delivered an interim order staying the expansion until a further hearing, to be held by Sept. 23, Vedanta said Wednesday.

For the next nine months, any meaningful earnings from the unit would be a “very optimistic scenario,” Mr Kulkarni said in a phone interview. “In the past, similar regulatory issues and social unrest has limited Vedanta’s ability to mine bauxite in Odisha.”

Vedanta’s pre-tax earnings may be 302.99 billion rupees ($4.4 billion) this fiscal year, according to the average of 19 analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. That’s an improvement on the 251.64 billion rupees reported last fiscal year.

While copper and iron ore look small on the company’s balance sheet, they were considered as stable and solid cash flow providers that didn’t attract much commodity price risk, Mr Kulkarni said.

As well as potential output cuts at its aluminum plant on coal shortages, there are media reports that the government is considering a price-linked windfall tax on oil producers. If that happens it may squeeze the company’s money-spinning oil and gas unit.

All these factors have made investors wary about Vedanta’s growth prospects and may trigger further exodus from the stock, according to CNI Research’s Chairman Kishor Ostwal. He expects a further 10 percent to 20 percent loss, if the problems persist for a longer period.

“A lot of investors will have concerns,” Mr Ostwal said. In the case of the copper unit, “it is a political issue and we need to see how it gets resolved,” he said.





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