Ironically, in India, even the restaurants with the name Ginseng, don’t serve dishes with the real ingredient. Therefore, we were overwhelmed when the chefs at Marriott Indore, extended their support in designing an exclusive menu for us. On our last trip, to Singapore, we were tempted into buying Ginseng, a multipurpose organic medicinal root. Tempted one, because of the scrumptious ginseng dinner we had at Silk road, a Michelin star restaurant. And second, because this limited Ginseng root powder easily blends with any clear soup recipe. Well, we couldn’t get anywhere close to the Silk Road menu with our culinary skills but, Marriott Indore sure did.
India is yet to find a way to introduce this rich Chinese and Korean stress-buster root herb into its kitchens. In a candid conversation with Executive Chef Vivek Kalia, we learned that his experience with Ginseng goes back to the times when he worked in Thailand. Ginseng, the extract of ‘Terminalia arjuna’ tree bark, is also known to bear Ayurvedic benefits. However, it’s illegal to harvest Ginseng on most state lands and outside the country of its indigenous origin. Which, explains the lack of supply at its behest! Nonetheless, now that we had the ingredient, we thought we might as well put it to good use.
At it’s best, Red Korean Ginseng strengthens the immune system, fights numerous diseases, cures diabetes and enhances brain function. Additionally, it boosts metabolism, helps with weight loss, and lowers day-to-day stress levels. Which, is why it makes a great ingredient, for any Michelin star restaurant. As for the culinary challenge, Marriott did a fantastic job by designing an exclusive meal for us in Indore. To, say the least, the chefs even let me caramelize the dessert with the butane torch.
All through, it was a great experience to watch the top-notch chefs of Marriott work their magic on some unique dishes. Also, In India, Winter Cherry (Sanskrit name Ashwagandha) comes from the same family as the Chinese Ginseng. In Indore, reach out to Marriott to help you plan a remarkable culinary surprise for your parents. Choose from healthy organic ingredients, and allow Marriott Chefs to take your dining experience to the next level.