At Soy Soi, the pan-Asian restaurant that has recently arrived in Gurugram after making its mark in Chennai, every plate comes with a story. From over 100 dishes on the menu—including dimsums, satays, woks, curries, sushis, salads, and more—here are some that we tasted and loved. By Rashima Nagpal
PANDAN CHOCOLATE MOUSSE
More often than not, Asian cuisine is associated with savoury flavours. Rich coconut curries and hot wok-tossed vegetables aside, the desserts from this part of the world are uniquely comforting. One fine example is Soy Soi’s pandan mousse cake that comes with a layer of dark chocolate and kaya jam each. On the side, you also have a dollop of rich coffee ice-cream that goes well with the complex flavours of pandan. Inspired by the Indonesian-origin pandan cake and the popular kaya toast from Singapore, this bittersweet innovation gave Chef Rahul Srivastav a tough time before it tasted perfect.
THAI SWEET STICKY RICE
A good plate of Thailand‘s signature sweet sticky rice served with freshly cut mango tastes much like heaven. Soy Soi does it thrice as well. How? By serving you with three flavours of sticky rice. Served in the shape of spheres, one is blue with blue-pea flower, another is green with pandan, and then there is the conventional coconut flavour. Slathered in coconut cream, the rice is mildly sweet, just as they ought to be.
PULLED JACKFRUIT BAO
A vegetarian-friendly version of the typically meaty baos in China, the pulled jackfruit bao at Soy Soi is surprisingly good. Perfectly flavourful and juicy, the shreds of jackfruit melt in your mouth. While some raw lettuce and red cabbage lend it a freshness, a sprinkling of sesame seeds makes for a beautiful crunch. An ideal light snack if you’re looking at a hearty main course.
Satays—think asparagus, chicken, lamb, and more—are a speciality at Soy Soi. Much like they are done in the streets of Indonesia, the skewers are grilled to perfection and served with a delicious portion of peanut chutney. From a variety of them, we tried the tofu satay. It reads on the menu as ‘Satay Tao Hoo Isaan’. Prepared with non-silken tofu, the chunks are crispy on the outside and soft in the middle.
A spicy Burmese lentil broth with a tiny samosa tucked in, the Samusa Thouk comes across as a pleasant break from the common variety of soups. It has a slightly coarse texture like most lentil soups but isn’t as thick, so it doesn’t fill you up. In fact, it makes for the perfect dish to begin your culinary experience at Soy Soi. Something appetising and just the right kind of spicy that warms you up for the feast ahead.
And not to mention, the Balinese lamps that lend a soft glow to your dining experience at Soy Soi—just the right amount of dreamy that brightens up a regular day.
Address: 3rd Floor, Ardee Mall, Sector 52, Ardee City, Gurgaon
Hours: 12 pm – 3:30 pm; 7 pm – 11 pm
Price range: INR 2,000 for two (without alcohol)