Don’t forget to leave room to experience something from the grill; a plate full of delicious chargrilled veg like enoki mushrooms, lotus root, potatoes and okra. These were a perfect complement to the butter bean curry which was soothing to eat and flavoured with turmeric, ginger and tomato. No meal in this country is complete without an accompanying salad or two and the addition of a spicy hot, fresh ginger salad, full of crispy fried beans and a smoky eggplant salad flavoured with sesame and peanut oil was a nice touch.
The final dishes we were served in what turned out to be a true culinary adventure, included oil rich, slow cooked eggplant that was wonderfully soft and decadent but with a chilli kick to finish, a peanut vegetable curry with sesame, chilli and fermented bean paste (another traditional ingredient) and a vegetable dish that was full of delicious chargrilled crunchy lotus root. Oh and there was rice, tossed with fermented tea leaves and peanut. And dessert, which was a serving of ‘moln ye baw’; rice flour dumplings filled with palm sugar.
Yes the vegan food at Hilton Mandalay is certainly worth travelling for.