Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Week beginning February 16th - Chinese New Year Menu

Welcome to Chinese New Year week at Kaffeine, where newly appointed head chef Khan has come up with a new menu. Khan is from Burma and has a long history with Chinese food, her parents own and run a mostly Chinese food restaurant back in her native country. For Khan this time of year is like Christmas, New Years, birthday and bonfire night all rolled into one extravagant celebration. There will be dragons, red envelopes of cash, banquets of food, explosive night displays and the beginning of the year of the sheep.

Some of the highlights on this weeks menu include steamed bau buns filled with crispy duck, cucumber, plum sauce and garlicky foraged mini ramsons. Our bau buns will be made to a traditional method and left to prove before being steamed, which gives a fluffy, soft, white, almost sponge texture. The buns will then be filled with the as mentioned fillings, creating a balance of salty and sweet flavours. 

What would Chinese New Year be without BBQ pork, belly of pork cooked in a smoked marinade until it begins to fall apart. Then served on a salad of raw shredded julienne carrot, celery, red onion and foraged garlic mustard, which has a wasabi and cabbage flavour. Perfect healthy salad with a bit of naughty but tasty protein. 

Lastly no Chinese menu would be complete without chicken and corn soup, or in our case chowder. This soup has featured a few times on our menu and is a staff, friends and family favourite, more of a hearty meal than soup. Good enough to eat with a fork. 

So come in this week and enjoy the asian flavours with us, chopsticks not included. 

Jared & Khan
Lead Chefs

Traditional bircher muesli with rhubarb and raspberry compote 4.00 (V)
Granola muesli with pomegranate molasses and rhubarb and raspberry compote 4.00 (V)
Fruit salad (pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes, passion fruit) 3.90 (GF, V)
Ciabatta roll with omelette, pancetta, rocket and tomato salsa 4.90
Ciabatta roll with courgette omelette, rocket and tomato salsa 4.90
Croissant with Italian roast ham, talleggio cheese, spinach & plum tomatoes 4.90
Cinnamon and Raisin Toast (V) 2.50
Banana bread 2.50
Porridge (V) 3.00
served with condiments muscovado sugar, dried fruit, chopped nuts, golden syrup or honey

Pastries by Seven Seed bakery
French butter croissant 2.00
Pain au chocolat 2.50
Almond croissant 2.80

Baked Treats
Sweet muffin: Pineapple and carrot (cereals, eggs, milk) (V) 2.50
Savoury Scone: Courgette and feta (cereals, eggs, milk) (V) 2.50
Friand: Lime, lemon, coconut (Egg, Milk, Nuts)  (V,GF) 2.50
Super moist chocolate brownies 2.50
White chocolate blondies 2.50
Portuguese tarts 2.00
ANZAC cookies 2.00
Almond and custard slice 2.50
Canele 2.40

Soup 4.50
Chicken and sweet corn chowder with sour dough (cereal, celery, soy) (DF)

French retro baguettes 5.30
Ham, plum sauce, brie, spring onion and rocket (cereals, soy, milk)
Saute mushroom, goats cheese, tarragon sauce, capers and spinach (cereals, mustard, milk) (V) 

Foccacias 5.50
Salmon, rice wine pickled onion, roasted courgette, honey mayonnaise and spinach  (cereals, fish, egg, mustard) (F,DF)
Crumbed aubergine, sweet chilli, feta and rocket (cereals, milk) (V)

Salads: 5.50/7.00
BBQ pork with wild fennel leaf on a bed of raw shredded carrot, celery, red onion and garlic mustard (mustard, celery, soy) (GF, DF).
Rice noodles with soy and garlic tofu, coriander, avocado, honey roasted cashew nuts, cucumber and wild pea shoots (soy, nut) (V, GF, DF)
Chilli and satay green beans with poppy leaf (soy, peanuts, celery) (VE, GF)

Tart: 4.40 or 8.00 with salad
Steamed crispy duck buns with cucumber, plum sauce and mini ramson (cereal, egg, soy).

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