Refined East Indian slow food at its very best as The Bombay East Indian Girl – Samaira Rubina Coutinho Kavatkar celebrates Indo-Portuguese flavors at Test Kitchen on 10th & 11th July
A night of refined East Indian cooking combining Indo-Portuguese flavors, Bombay street foods and secret family recipes are set to be narrated through an eclectic wine dinner at Test Kitchen for 2 nights on 10 & 11 July.
East Indian Popup by chef Samaira (Rubina)
Date: 10 & 11 July
$980 (6 Course Menu)
$580 (Wine Pairing)
The refined home cooking comes courtesy of corporate professional Samaira Rubina C. Kavatkar – a chef by deep passion, if not by title – who grew up in cosmopolitan Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, in an East Indian Indo-Portuguese Catholic family.
East India here refers not to a geographic territory in India, but on contrary East Indians actually reside on the rugged section of the western coastline of India: the Bombay Coast.
Dinner will draw heavily on the culture and cuisine of her background and infused into the menu will be flavors and inspirations from the street foods of Bombay, childhood memories from Mauritius, influences from travels abroad, and secret family recipes, all given a unique and refined twist.
The evening celebrates East Indian slow food & other Indian flavors complete with homemade spice blends, pickles condiments, marinades and creations using the very best organic seasonal products from both Hong Kong and India. This opportunity to discover a diverse food culture from the source comes layered with delicious complexity, allied with harmonious ingredients and techniques.
Vincent Mui, Test Kitchen founder, explains how he was blown away when tasting her food:
“Samaira (Rubina) deftly combines the multiple spices and flavors of East Indian cuisine with a lightness of touch to craft truly memorable dishes. From the canapes through to dessert, dinner will be a revelation, even to established fans of Indian cooking. We expect our first South Asian pop-up in almost three years to prove very popular, so suggest booking early to avoid missing out.”
East Indian Dinner Menu – by chef Samaira (Rubina)
Chakna / Canapés
Khakra with 2 types of chutney/condiments
Bombay se / Appetisers
Beetroot Puri, Chole Chaat
Frédéric Lornet Crémant du Jura Rosé Brut NV (95%Poulsard/5%Pinot Noir)
Batata / 1st Course
East Indian Lamb Potato Chop, Green Pea Chutney, Kachumber
Domaine Bechtold Gewurztraminer Obere Hund 2016
Mauhra / Fish
East Indian Fish Kujit in Banana leaf
Josmeyer Pinot Gris”1854 Fondation” 2007
Kombdi / Poultry
Bottle Masala Sous-vide Chicken with Curry Leaf spiced Tadka,
Khuddi Sauce, flavoured cumin rice
Valle dell’ Acate Vittoria Il Frappato DOC 2016
Goda che / Dessert
The Bombay East Indian Girl Amrakhand Twist
Château de Bastard Sauternes 2016
Masala Chai Tea
About Chef Samaira (Rubina):
Samaira (Rubina) grew up in cosmopolitan Mumbai (Bombay) in a family where love for food and the passion for cooking runs deep in her blood. Raised under the influences of Indo-Portuguese cultures ,with a Catholic father and Hindu mother, her cooking style reflects the rich complexities of flavours and include many secret family recipes.
This, combined with travelling and working abroad, have all contributed to her knowledge of food, flavours and different cuisines across the globe. It’s perhaps no surprise then that her life partner is also a successful Chef working for a renowned 3 Michelin-starred French restaurant in Hong Kong.
A corporate professional and chef by passion, Samaira (Rubina) aims to write her own cookbook and ultimately work full time with food, to pursue a dream she has been living from the age of seven, namely to make her cuisine well known and change perceptions of Indian food around the world. She works with the best organic, seasonal produce, all of her spice blends, pickles, condiments and marinades are homemade from scratch – slow food at its best. Her menus reflect simple traditional food cooked with a modern twist with a touch of luxe.
About Test Kitchen
Test Kitchen is a pop-up dining movement in Hong Kong. Situated in Sai Ying Pun, the menus are ever changing to showcase up-and-coming chefs from across the world. Whether diners come alone, in pairs, or in groups, they all come to share their passion and love for food. #testkitchenhk