Bao Xaun: A Food Treasure House

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Bao Xaun: A Food Treasure House

Enter a treasure house of authentic Chinese delicacies at one of the country’s top hotels.

Dhan Limbu, Chef, Bao XuanDhan Limbu
Chef, Bao Xuan

Everyone has a notch of happiness and glitter in their eyes when they stay at a five-star hotel like the Soaltee Crowne Plaza. But have we ever thought about the amazing food that they serve? Now Bao Xuan inside this famous hotel serves you with delightful Chinese delicacies.

“Bao Xaun” is a Chinese word which means treasure house and there is no doubt that this restaurant is a food treasure house. The restaurant officially opened a month ago and already it stands out from rest of the Chinese eateries in the valley with its variety of Chinese dishes on the menu.

At Bao Xaun, you get really comfortable really fast. The place is warm, welcoming, casual and consistently packed with people who want a great time. The dim lighting with Chinese music playing in the background setsup the perfect ambience. With 16 staff, this restaurant is open only from 12:30 to 2:30 in the afternoon and 7:00 to 11:00 in the evenings. 

The restaurant offers four different kinds of authentic Chinese cuisines – Cantonese, Yam Cha and Dim Sums, Sichuan and Hunan. Among these cuisines, we had the Sichuan. Sichuan cuisine holds a reputation for its variety of seasonings used, as each dish requires different cooking methods. As the saying goes, 'one dish with one flavour, with one hundred dishes come hundred flavours.’ Sichuan food is well-known for its hot and spicy flavour, though it may sport sweet and sour flavours too. The most commonly used spices you can find in most households and eateries are "The Five Fragrances" which consist of fennel, pepper, aniseed, cinnamon, and clove, chili and Sichuan pepper.

The food at Bao Xaun will most certainly light your mouth and your appetite on fire. Delicacies like Sichuan Crispy Chicken (diced chicken tossed with ginger, garlic, dry chili, Sichuan pepper-corn, nuts, and spring onion and sesame seeds) and Crispy Aromatic Duck (Chinese herbs simmered pot roast duck seasoned with Hakka, Sichuan aromatic seasoning) are an absolute delight to your palate. One should also not miss the Chicken Garlic Chives Steamed Dumpling (traditional Chinese seasoning marinated minced chicken, garlic and chives wrapped in homemade dough) served here. 

On the non-vegetarian side, delicacies like Sichuan Wonton Soup (Sichuan vegetarian wonton in spicy oriental broth) and Stir Fried Exotic Vegetables with Black Pepper Sauce (exotic vegetables tossed in butter garlic, black pepper and soy sauce) are very delicious. Clay Pot Seasonal Vegetable (seasonal vegetables with Sichuan pickles chili) is no less delicious and is very tasty. 

The Chef at Bao Xuan Dhan Limbu has been cooking Chinese food for over eighteen years, most of which he's spent in various parts of India and Dubai. He has worked in various reputed hotels including Holiday Inn Jaipur, Hyatt regency Ahemdabad, Taj Group of Hotels, Leela Hotel etc. According to Limbu, cooking and preparing food is an art and he loves to devote his time to the art of preparing delicious delicacies. “I take a western approach towards the service and presentation of my dishes, while maintaining a traditional approach to cooking with herbs and natural flavourings,” mentions Limbu. 

The food here is so satisfying that you’ll probably forget it’s not your “typical” fare. Until you walk out the door, after eating a ridiculous amount, actually feeling pretty good. So do not miss out indulging in the delicious Chinese delicacies of Bao Xaun.

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