Chinese food with Prashant Tamrakar

Scrumptious Oriental Delicacies at Araniko Chinese Room

  •   2018-02-15  |

A visit Hotel Annapurna’s Arniko Chinese Room, to try out its savoury Chinese dishes with one of the most prominent figures of Nepali film and fashion industry, Prashant Tamrakar.

The fascinating thing about Chinese cuisine is its inclusion of wild flavoursome ingredients cooked with varied cooking techniques. Its complex play of flavours, its enticing aesthetic appearance and its scrumptious sauce and seasoning has hypnotized Nepali people all over the country. Arniko Chinese Kitchen is one of the few fine-dining restaurants in Nepal that serve authentic Chinese food with fresh ingredients. With a vibrant and peaceful atmosphere, Arniko’s presents an incredible sense of composer. Subdued lightening and an earthy brown adorn the Chinese decor while the foldable walls with mosaic arts that depicts the traditional Chinese culture catch eye, even from outside the glass door.

Our Nepal traveller’s team visited Arniko’s Chinese kitchen with one of the most prominent figures in the entertainment industry, Prashant Tamrakar. One thing you probably didn’t know about the fashion mogul is that he is a major foodie.  Prashant is a regular at Arniko Room and describes it as one of the best fine dining restaurants in the country. An afternoon with him there proves it just fine. Chinese Food strikes a cord with Prashant in a way you might not have imagined; he can’t stop talking about it!

For Starters, the Royal Soup is a pungent broth mixed with diced tofu, carrot, black mushroom, capsicum and bean sprout. Served with steamed bread, this dish is the perfect dish for this chilly weather. For our first course, we had Deep Fried Prawn. With onion, garlic, ginger, chilli flakes and coriander, this dish gives you a taste of seafood wonders of the Far East. Prashant was delighted when he found out that this would be served. He claims that the prawn in Arniko’s is one of the freshest prawns anyone can get in the valley and the pleasure was evident in each bite of the crunchy prawn.

For the main course, we were served a platter with a variety of Chinese dishes. The entree included Hakka noodles, rice, crispy tofu, sliced chicken and garlic spinach with mushroom. Served with capsicum, onions, carrots and bean sprouts, the Hakka noodles were soft and succulent. “This is how noodles should be”, says Prashant after his first bite.  The Crispy Tofu Cantonese was another item that astonished our taste buds. Sautéed with ginger, garlic and chopped onions, the vegetable oyster sauce deepened the flavour of the tofu providing it with an umami taste. Similarly, the garlic spinach with mushroom was a cherry on the top. Remarking on the presentation, Prashant exclaims,” The surprising thing about the spinach is its freshness which is preserved even though it is cooked perfectly”

All in all, we had a wonderful time at Arniko’s with Prashant. Prashant believes that the fine dine culture is something that every food enthusiast should experience and Arniko’s is one of the few places to start. He further adds, “The ambience is good and the price is very reasonable and totally worth it.”

Ayusha Pradhananga is a content writer at She believes in inspiration through food, and she spends her free time learning about hidden mysteries about the Newari culture.


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