foodies – HTV https://htv.com.pk Tue, 24 Nov 2020 07:23:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Karachi Eat 2019: Day 1- The Highs And The Lows https://htv.com.pk/htv-eats/karachi-eat-2019-day-1 Fri, 11 Jan 2019 20:24:18 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=42331

 The excitement has been real for this year’s Karachi Eat. The jury had set out to find the best there was to offer and also set a clause this year for eateries to add an exclusive item to their menu for the festival. What this ensured was that there was plenty of innovation and […]

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The excitement has been real for this year’s Karachi Eat. The jury had set out to find the best there was to offer and also set a clause this year for eateries to add an exclusive item to their menu for the festival. What this ensured was that there was plenty of innovation and competition to keep things exciting.

We got to Karachi Eat pretty early, at 4 p.m. and while there were quite a few stalls still setting up, we decided to get our food crawl started. Even if that meant desserts first!

The first stall we went to was:

  1. Caffé Praha

It’s one of the closest stalls to the entrance. And it was hard to resist the contrasting black of the ice cream against the clear blue sky. The product, called BlaCream, is a beautifully black soft serve in a chimney cone or cup. We chose the cup.

Price with the chimney cone: RS 350

Our thoughts: Highly instagrammable. Taste wise, it’s good but there’s nothing extraordinary about the ice cream. Also, keep in mind it stains your lips, teeth and tongue- temporarily.

  1. Hobnob

We wanted to try the cronut as soon as Hobnob announced that it was going to be on the menu.

Price: RS 200 per cronut

Our thoughts: It is DELICIOUS. It was the only thing from the festival I loved so much that I got 4 more to take home.

Read: Renovation and Redemption for Hobnob Bakery

  1. Lady Marmalade- Funnel Chicken

Have you seen how beautiful this is? It instantly reminded us of the donut burger from 2 guys 1 grll at last year’s festival and we placed the same level of expectations on it.

Price: RS 350

Our thoughts: We wanted it to be amazing, we really did. But it fell short. The sauce was fantastic, the chicken was good but the funnel cake itself was disappointing.

  1. Slamvich- The Hell Melt

I can’t believe we almost skipped this!

Price: RS 300

Our thoughts: Helllll-a good. My eyes widened and I did a little jump as I took my first bite. We had been looking for a place that was worth revisiting the second day and we found it. What’s more is that wherever we looked, there was someone complimenting the slamvich sandwiches. Go here! Thank us later.

  1. Sol

We had the Butterbeer and the Cubano.

Price: Butterbeer- RS 200

Cubano- RS 300

Our thoughts: We had mixed reviews when it came to the Butterbeer. One of us (ME, ME, ME) loved it, the rest wouldn’t have more than a sip. But it’s basically liquid butterscotch with soda- so why wouldn’t you try it?

The cubano took a while to be served but we waited because we really wanted to try it. The sandwich as a whole was alright, the mustard was a little overpowering but we were loving the addition of pickles. The major disappointment was the amount of meat. Sampling the meat separately, we LOVED it. However, there was nowhere near enough of it. So what do we want? MORE MEAT.

  1. Shrooms

The hunter beef bun has been trending on facebook for the last few days. We got them hot out of the oven at KEF.

Price: RS 100 per bun

Our thoughts: When we broke into the spicy sauce covered bun, the cheese stretched at least 6 inches, no joke. The tiny bun had plenty of flavorsome filling in it. The best part is that it’s the perfect size for festivals such as these, and you do not have to get more than one.

  1. Saniya’s Kitchen- Chili Lime Prawns

Price: RS 300

Our thoughts: We were so excited to try these. And we were so disappointed to have wasted 300 rupees on these. They were cold, and way too spicy. Our lips were tingling until we got another ice cream to cool our tongues with.

  1. Lal’s

We live for desserts and well, when Lal’s announced they’re coming up with an exclusive creation for Karachi Eat – we knew we had to give it a try! We’re talking about their ‘Gelato Taco Sundae’.

Price: RS 300

Our thoughts: The tiny treat left us wanting more with its rich and creamy gelato flavour in ‘chocolate brownie’ sprinkled with brownie crumbs on top. The taco too was crisp and fresh. Overall, a must try!

  1. Hot Bombz

They were such a hit at the last KEF that we knew we absolutely had to go there again. We ordered the hot stix.

Price: RS 250

Our thoughts: My very hard to please colleague LOVED them. If we weren’t so stuffed by the end of the night, we probably would have gone for a second serving of the hot sticks. Do give these a try, you won’t regret it.

  1. Kuiya

Kuiya introduced Long Chiray for their special menu item, it’s basically made from chickpea flour and has sweet and spicy toppings (as per your preference). We got the masala long chiray.

Price: RS 150

Our thoughts: We’ve loved their kuiya, and wish we had gotten that instead. Although the long chiray were an interesting addition to the menu, they weren’t as good as their signature item.

  1. No Lies Fries

Another stall with super long lines BUT also, super quick service. We ordered the pesto fries, the fried chicken poutine and the nug-nukes.

Price: 800 for three items

Our thoughts: The fried chicken poutine does not disappoint in the least. We were so happy that we decided to give this a chance. The pesto fries are also a great addition to the menu. Even though we’re purists and did not particularly rejoice the fact that they mixed the pesto in mayonnaise, but we understand the commercial purpose of doing so. HOWEVER, the nugnukes are nug-NOs. They were cold, chewy and bland- don’t get them. Stick to their fries; they’re hot, crispy, thick cut and tasty.

Bonus points: They were using environmentally friendly utensils. Other stalls need to take note of this!

  1. Om Nom Bros

The pictures looked absolutely drool worthy of the buenelos surprise. We got the sweet buenelos, filled with chocolate and served with a side of more chocolate.

Our thoughts: They are filled to the brim with chocolate sauce. It isn’t the best quality chocolate, you can tell by your first taste. And the bun seemed a little underdone, perhaps due to the thin consistency of the sauce. These looked great on social media, but looks can be deceiving. True in this case. We would not recommend it.

  1. Social Hub

Can the night ever end without a cuppa chai (in our case matka chai)? Um, nope!

Price: RS 100

Our Thoughts: So we tried their Matka Chai and we weren’t disappointed like we were with others (chotu chaiwala, we’re looking at you) because of excessive sweetness and watery consistency. This one did the job as the taste was balanced – more flavour, less shashka deal!

14. Red Volks

There was a long line for the hot rods at Red Volks.

Price: RS 200

Our thoughts: We did not love the Hot Rod, it’s basically a K&N hot dog dipped in batter and doritos/Cheetos and fried. But we did sample their pulled beef burger and it tasted great, so that’s where the magic’s at y’all.

 

What we’re looking forward to on Day 2:

Burger Bros

Jolly Rancher Candy Floss

The Chew Bar, Ribs

Another Slamvich

Rigo’s donut cone

From Burns Road With Love

Awesamosas Doritos Chaat

and so much more. Keep watching this space for more updates regarding Karachi Eat 2019!

Read: Everything  we’re looking forward to at KEF 2019

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Here’s All We’re Looking Forward To At Karachi Eat Festival 2019 https://htv.com.pk/taste/heres-all-were-looking-forward-to-at-karachi-eat-festival-2019 Wed, 02 Jan 2019 13:26:17 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=42098

It’s that time of the year again! One of Karachi’s most anticipated food events, Karachi Eat is almost here and we’re excited for many reasons. First reason being the pleasant weather and second (no doubts there) there will be a lot of food to try. Like every year, new names in the business will be […]

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It’s that time of the year again! One of Karachi’s most anticipated food events, Karachi Eat is almost here and we’re excited for many reasons. First reason being the pleasant weather and second (no doubts there) there will be a lot of food to try. Like every year, new names in the business will be participating and will try to bring their A game for foodies. Another highlight of the event will be the ‘Star Entree’ Menu – a menu created exclusively for Karachi Eat Festival only and there will be around 90 dishes on this menu (would you believe that?) We’re definitely stoked!!! Here are some of the dishes we have our eyes on.

The Big Chip by I Scream Sandwiches

In the mood for ice cream sandwiches? Well, here’s something you can try at the event this year.

Taco Sundaes by Lals

Talk about ice cream desserts and you’ll find us somewhere lurking around to try one. Speaking of which, Lals has gotten us excited to try their Taco Sundaes this year with four unique flavours –  Red Velvet, Choco Strawberry, Caramel Apple and Chocolate Brownie. Cannot wait to try them!

Filled Donuts by Slice of Life

Are we sick of donuts yet? Not a chance!

The Hunter Beef Bun by Shrooms

If you love hunter beef, this one should definitely be on your list

The Smokin’ Chick Naan by Cloud Naan

Winters and naan cannot be separated and for this very divine union, this naan will be on our minds till we actually try it.

S’mores by Café Ujala

For the love of indulgent desserts and hello! the weather simply calls for it. Let’s just hope it lives up to the hype.

Prawn Biryani by Craving Spot

We can’t wait for the merger of two of the best worlds, sea food and biryani! Hoping it’s not a catastrophe though.

ALSO READ: It’s Cheat Day So We Went Burger Hunting In Lahore!

Taiyaki Soft Serve by Delinia

It won’t be exaggeration, if we say 2018 was the year of soft serve. As it turns out, the trend is still very much alive and new eateries are trying to catch up. Here is a new one you can try at KEat.

The Double Chaska Roll by A-one Snacks

The go-to food item when craving for paratha and spicy chicken filling kicks in! This is one we’re definitely going to try.

ALSO READ: 2018 In Review: Food Trends

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Talking Cheat Meal Worthy Desserts And Entrepreneurship With Baker Khadija Mubasher https://htv.com.pk/taste/cheatmeal-desserts-entrepreneurship-bakers Mon, 17 Dec 2018 09:09:57 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=41808

It all began with the innovative concept of cheesecake on a stick at Karachi Eat 2018 and since then there has been no looking back for Khadija Mubasher. Now running her home based venture ‘Baked’, Khadija is putting her heart and soul into the desserts she churns out every week. We talk cheat meal worthy […]

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It all began with the innovative concept of cheesecake on a stick at Karachi Eat 2018 and since then there has been no looking back for Khadija Mubasher. Now running her home based venture ‘Baked’, Khadija is putting her heart and soul into the desserts she churns out every week. We talk cheat meal worthy desserts and entrepreneurship with the home based baker.

1. How did it all start?

Baking has been a very prominent part of my life for as long as I can remember. I grew up watching my grandmother make fresh bread and jam in her kitchen. We eventually moved away and this was my way of staying connected with her.

For years I’d bake for friends and family but I never got into it as a business. Then one year ago, I was presented with the opportunity to put up my food at Karachi Eat. I knew we needed a name and a page so I got started and designed my logo, started testing recipes, taking a million pictures and so ‘Baked’ was born. I had no idea what would happen after but the response was so overwhelming that we kept going and here I am a year and 200 cheesecakes later. Phew!

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RELATED: 4 Worst Places You Can Go For A Cheat Meal In Karachi

2. What’s your specialty?

Baked brought cheesecake on a stick to Karachi Eat in 2018 and ever since, it has expanded into many new things but every month our cheesecake orders beat everything else. Presently we have seven flavors and that’s not even counting some of the crazy experimentations we’ve done. We’ve also brought Flan to the mainstream, and it’s like nothing you’ve had before!

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Who remembers cheese cake on a stick from Karachi Eat 2018?

3. How feasible is baking as a profession?

Anything is feasible if you’re passionate about it. The more work you put into something the more you earn from it in terms of satisfaction above all else.

4. Your absolute favorite dessert and why?

Cheesecake. It can be topped with anything and everything under the sun and still tastes amazing. It’s tart yet sweet, light yet dense. I can’t imagine anything better. Except maybe Flan…

5. Key to happiness for you is?

A kitchen that smells like Vanilla all the time. That’s the ultimate goal. And most days I’m lucky enough to have that.

6. Your dream project?

‘Baked’ is my dream. The fact that it’s real shocks me every day. That I get to do this still astounds me. I wake up excited and I can’t imagine anything better.

7. What’s your recipe for success in the field you’re in?

There’s no set recipe for success, you just work hard and pray it’s received well. So it’s all trial and error. Everyone needs to figure out what works for them and their audience. I think you need to be constantly innovative. I believe in having a page where people enjoy what they see and read as well as what they eat. ‘Baked’ is more than a cake in a box.

8. One thing you have that other bakers in the industry don’t?

I think the one thing that sets me apart is how interactive I try to make ‘Baked’. I do tons of live sessions, where we get the food ready with you, that’s my spin on a #GRWM. I also work very hard on developing a feed that should have you salivating. That’s important, that you enjoy what you eat. Or sometimes you just enjoy scrolling through and laughing.

cheat meal9. Your favorite baker/chef (local or international)?

I wouldn’t say I have one particular favorite per say. I love when someone does something innovative and I enjoy following things that are new. A few accounts I follow on Instagram that I am obsessed with though are katherine_sabbath and pollykoshelva.

10. What would be your advice to people wanting to enter this field?

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S’mores anyone?

Take the plunge. There’s no other way you’ll figure out what works for you. You have to find your niche and give it your all.

11. Future plans?

I like keeping everybody on their toes, so you’ll have to stay tuned to my page to hear what surprises we have coming up. There are new flavors, new products and most importantly new puns every day!

RELATED: Aloo Dishes For Your Inner Vegetarian

For questions and feed back, comment below!

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Coke Fest 2018: The Highs And The Lows https://htv.com.pk/taste/coke-fest-2018-the-highs-and-the-lows Sat, 15 Dec 2018 18:53:47 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=41787

Picture this: it’s pleasantly chilly (more than your average Karachi winters), you’re surrounded with family and friends, there’s preppy and groovy music playing in the background – oh and hey, the avenue has a multitude of food stalls around you. This image came to life last night at the Coke Fest 2018 – an annual […]

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Picture this: it’s pleasantly chilly (more than your average Karachi winters), you’re surrounded with family and friends, there’s preppy and groovy music playing in the background – oh and hey, the avenue has a multitude of food stalls around you. This image came to life last night at the Coke Fest 2018 – an annual food festival where we got the opportunity to celebrate food, music and good company. And honestly, living in Karachi you don’t get many of these so here we are with our round up of highs and lows from the 3-day long festival.

Word of Advice: We decided to be early birds and made it to the venue (Beach Park, right next to Dolmen Mall Clifton) at 5 in the evening. After a bit of confusion on the first gate where we were told to walk to the next gate for tickets and entrance, we finally made it inside. So FYI, go to the second gate if you’re coming from the DMC Mall route to save yourself some time and energy if you’re planning on taking a walk.

Stalls That Gave Us the Foodie’s High:

1. Sals The Eatery

Since we were early to the show, many stalls were just setting up while many had just started serving. Our first stop was Sals where we opted for their beef sliders in flavours chipotle sauce, holy smoke, and basil. The service on the stall was spot on and the owners were very eager to know how we liked the food.

We were left wanting more because the beef was moist and juicy while the sauces made it even better. We particularly liked ‘holy smoke’ and ‘basil’ flavor much more than the others because of the tangy and zesty taste. Overall, a must-try if you’re attending the event and looking for a cheat meal high in protein.

Stars: 8/10

2. Kebabs by Ala Rasi

You’re in for a surprise if you like trying different cuisines because we saw quite a few at Coke Fest this year. The cold weather definitely called for some hot kebabs served with freshly toasted naan. Our pick was ‘pasha kebabs’ by Turkish eatery called Ala Rasi.

We were hoping that the health factor would stay intact in this choice, given that kebabs can be healthy if served without too much oil or butter – however, it didn’t exactly turn out that way. Smeared with butter and spices, we’re pretty sure we gained a few pounds just by looking at it but hey, what’s life without some creamy and flavorful kebabs. Sorry not sorry!!

Stars: 7.5/10

RELATED: It’s Cheat Day So We Went Burger Hunting In Lahore!

3. For Chicken’s Sake

After splurging too much in what we’d like to think healthy yet a tad bit fattening food, we took the very next chance to hop on the slightly healthy bandwagon. Next we opted for grilled chicken in mild flavor by ‘For Chicken’s Sake’. Grilled perfectly and smothered with a creamy tangy sauce – we are glad we tried out this stall. Again, if you want to stick to your diet yet want some flavor, go for this one.

Stars: 7.5/10

4. Amazin’ Glazin:

It’s true when they say a good dessert can really leave you satisfied with your meal. Keeping that in mind, we tried Amazin’ Glazin’s Tres Leches (milk cake) and boy were we impressed! Every bite was cheat meal worthy and we’d totally like to have it again. If for some reason you don’t want something too indulgent, then you can also try their fruit tart. Healthy yet tasty enough for those sugar cravings!

Stars: 8/10

The Not So Exciting Food:

1. Dolicious

Now that we stuffed ourselves to the brim with meaty, buttery and greasy foods, came the time to try some desserts. Although a Popsicle should have been the last thing to have in the chilly weather, we still somewhat liked the idea. We ended up trying lotus biscuit and cream popsicle by Islamabad based venture Dolicious.

Our excitement wore off when the taste of the Popsicle turned out to be bland and watery. Sigh! There goes our dream for a good Popsicle in winter.

Stars: 4.5/10

2. Bits and Bites

The idea of such food festivals is to go all out and enjoy food but that really doesn’t mean you don’t look out for something light on the stomach. We tried Taco Salad by Bits and Bites hoping it’d be something slightly less heavy for us. Although the veggies, salsa and sour cream were fresh, the taco wasn’t up to the mark and of substandard quality. Classic example of food execution gone wrong! A healthy option but not great in terms of flavor.

Stars: 5.5/10

RELATED: What Winter Means For Our Taste-Buds

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It’s Cheat Day So We Went Burger Hunting In Lahore! https://htv.com.pk/taste/burger-hunting-lahore-best-and-worst Fri, 14 Dec 2018 08:48:54 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=41775

One of the results of globalization and the free market economy is the Hamburger. Quintessentially an American meal, the Hamburger (aka Burger), is now equally favorite in Pakistan and serves to satiate the taste buds of most of us. Be it a simple combination of an egg and lentils patty laid with local ketchup inside […]

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One of the results of globalization and the free market economy is the Hamburger. Quintessentially an American meal, the Hamburger (aka Burger), is now equally favorite in Pakistan and serves to satiate the taste buds of most of us.

Be it a simple combination of an egg and lentils patty laid with local ketchup inside a bun, the Anda Shami, or the exquisite marriage between a beef patty and bun at a high-end eatery, burgers in Pakistan are the single most popular choice at restaurants, cafes, and dhaabas combined.

In Lahore, burger scene has bloomed over the years once starting from the M.M. Alam Road and adjoining areas. Spread as far as DHA Phase VIII; you’ll find some burger joints at M.M. Alam Road alone.

International Names:

When McDonalds’ first opened in here, their burgers were the least favourite item on the menu. The safe option for many was the Fillet-o-Fish burger, the better of the lot. Same was the case with KFC. With the introduction of McRoyale, McDonald’s upped its game in affordable burgers for the masses and never looked back. However, while McDonalds’ and KFC’s burgers follow the routine, and Fat Burger turned out to be great dismay, recent additions of international fast food chains like The Burger King have brought back the lost glory.

Hardee’s aided with controversial marketing campaigns and appealing combo meal options, is perhaps ahead of the pack for many.  The ‘Super Star’ is truly a shining star for ones looking to fulfill their burger-lust in the city.

Super Star burger by Hardee’s

The Glocal Art Of Making Burgers:

While the concept still is very American, it has found its way into the hearts of true Pakistanis as well. How? Well, let’s look at Johnny and Jugnu for example. A new-age burger joint-cum modern dhaaba has localized the experience of having a burger according to local tastes and preferences.

Photo credit: Charcoal + Gravel

Experimenting with various rich sauces, and having created the perfect combination for local flavor, each bite is a treat for the desi style burger cravings.

Similar is the case with Rina’s Kitchenette’s ‘Smash Burger’. According to a customer, every bite of this burger is a blast of perfectly balanced flavor in the mouth. It’s a perfect choice if your eating experience is defined more by the blend of sauces than the price of the burger. No flavor overpowers the other, rather succulently complements the grilled chicken, then the turkey bacon, then the veggies and finally the cheese.

Photo credit: Charcoal + Gravel

RELATED: 4 Worst Places You Can Go For A Cheat Meal In Karachi

Disappointing Burger Parade:

While many local eateries are doing a marvelous job at making burgers oozing with perfect chemistry of meat, sauces, and buns, there are some that need serious rethinking.

Jessie’s, for example, is a new spot in town. Even with superior interior design and rooftop sitting area, a high-end crowd, and potential for splurging on food, Jessie’s lags in salivating your taste buds when it comes to burgers. Something is just not right when it comes to balancing flavors and complimenting the meat.

Photo credit: Hungerist

We’d suggest similar newbies like The Ministry of Burgers and the Burger Lab to up their game by taking detailed customer feedback. While we’re not discouraging you from playing in the burgeoning burger scene of the food industry in Pakistan, there is still room for improvement and a lot more for experimentation and innovation.

Once considered to be one of the most sought-after places for burgers, Howdy’s too has lost its touch. The buns are usually reviewed to be either too hard or too dry, and the patty either left raw from the inside or too bland to help satisfy the foodie. It seems like all these franchises are popping up without following the guidelines to uphold the original taste or the prestige. There is a dire need to train staff in cooking the semi-processed food at all international fast-food franchises in Pakistan.

The not so impressive burger by Howdy Lahore

Lahoris, don’t lose faith just yet!

Whatever you do, Lahoris won’t stop celebrating their food. If you’re smart enough, you’ll be able to hold our attention. So go ahead, and make buns especially engineered to absorb sauces and meat juices, bring out new toppings, renovate eating experience and surprise us with versatile burgers.

Try to find out why customers are not making their way back to your place after trying your burgers. You either need to improve the richness of the patty, add complimenting sides like French fries or improve your service. Customers’ value for money is essential, and it rests in all of it – the taste, the ambiance, the service, and the sides. Mind you, the quality of a plate of fries complimenting the burger plays a crucial role in finding a value for money also.

RELATED: Easy Gourmet Burger

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