Today’s Delights

Thursday 19th October

From the kitchen

HAPPY DIWALI!! Today, from our Indian Kitchen we bring you a delicious Amritsari Chicken Curry from Punjab.  It is full of authentic spices and  cooked to perfection to bring out the wonderful flavours in the succulent meat, enhanced by the aromatic spice and herb blends used. Today’s  dishes have no dairy and all our dishes are gluten free ….they are sure to hit the spot. Our homemade dishes are all very nutritious and healthy ensuring a good balance of protein, carbs and fat. Cooked with the minimum of coconut oil and no preservatives , its clean! It is served with aged basmati rice 

Similarly, today’s vegetarian dish is a delicious Gujerati Aloo Baigan Curry – Aubergine and Potato curry with a super delicious tanginess from mango.  This dish is packed with aromatic flavours and is topped with the all essential herbs to give depth.  Yum!! It is gluten free and vegan friendly.  It is served with rice or paratha.

Salads and cold bites

Come and try our healthy, delicious and wonderfully flavoursome salads that make healthy eating very enjoyable.  Vegan friendly and dairy free mostly!  We do have three choices of salad boxes, a 2 salad box, a 3 salad box and a 6 salad box each day and by popular request we have extra protein to add to your boxes – tandoori chicken strips, smoked salmon or green Edamame / soya beans at an additional cost.

Pan Asia’s lip smacking salads of the day in the salad bar will be as follows:

Kale, Cauliflower, Stuufed Pepperdew and Rocket salad

 Vietnamese Peanut and Greens salad

Spicy potatoes

Spicy Oriental Red Medley – tomatoes, beetroot and red onion salad

Wheatberry, Quinoa, Lentil, Blueberry and Mango salad

Tangy Carrot and Cucumber Som Tum salad

Thai spiced Noodle salad

Red and White Cabbage with Lemon, Mint 

Kale and Stuffed Pepperdew salad

Soup and Hot Snacks

Today’s Soup is a delicious and spicy Lentil and Spinach soup.  The flavours in the soup are stunning – East meets West!!  It is served with a delicious olive and rosemary bread.

Hot snacks of the day will be:

Samosas – Vegetarian and Lamb

Spring Rolls – Vegetarian and Duck

Caju Rolls – Gujerati patties made with Cashew Nuts and filled with spicy sweetcorn filling – Yum!

Peas Pattice – potato and spicy pea patties

Kachoris – pastry balls with lentil filling or spicy peas

Lamb and Chicken Sheekh Kebabs

Take a trip around eight Asian countries’ cuisines without leaving home

This week we are in the sub continent of India!

Indian cuisine encompasses a wide variety of regional and traditional cuisines native to India. Given the range of diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic groups, and occupations, these cuisines vary significantly from each other and use locally available spices, herbs, vegetables, and fruits. Indian food is also heavily influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. Also, Middle Eastern and Central Asian influences have occurred on North Indian cuisine from the years of Mughal rule] Indian cuisine is still evolving, as a result of the nation's cultural interactions with other societies.

Historical incidents such as foreign invasions, trade relations, and colonialism have played a role in introducing certain foods to the country. For instance, the potato, a staple of the diet in some regions of India, was brought to India by the Portuguese, who also introduced chillies and breadth. Indian cuisine has shaped the history of international relations; the spice trade between India and Europe was the primary catalyst for Europe's Age of Discovery. Spices were bought from India and traded around Europe and Asia. Indian cuisine has influenced other cuisines across the world, especially those from the Middle East, North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, the British Isles, Fiji, and the Caribbean.

Indian cuisine reflects an 8,000-year history of various groups and cultures interacting with the subcontinent, leading to diversity of flavours and regional cuisines found in modern-day India. Later, trade with British and Portuguese influence added to the already diverse Indian cuisine.

Early diet in India mainly consisted of legumes, vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy products, honey, and sometimes fish, eggs, and meat. Staple foods eaten today include a variety of lentils (dal), whole-wheat flour (aṭṭa), rice, and pearl millet (bājra), which has been cultivated in the Indian subcontinent since 6200 BCE. Over time, segments of the population embraced vegetarianism during Śramaṇa movement] while an equitable climate permitted a variety of fruits, vegetables, and grains to be grown throughout the year. A food classification system that categorised any item as saatvic, raajsic, or taamsic developed in Yoga tradition. The Bhagavad Gita proscribes certain dietary practices.

Many types of meat are used for Indian cooking, but chicken and mutton tend to be the most commonly consumed meats. Fish and beef consumption are prevalent in some parts of India, but they are not widely consumed except for coastal areas, as well as the north east.
Consumption of beef is taboo, due to cows being considered sacred in Hinduism.Beef is generally not eaten by Hindus in India except for Kerala and the north east. However, many Christians, Muslims, Jews and other faiths do eat beef. Muslims will not eat pork.

Staple foods of Indian cuisine include plenty of vegetables green and root, a broad variety of grains including pearl millet (bājra), rice, sorghum, wheat, and many ancient grains from which flours are prepared including the staple of whole-wheat flour (aṭṭa). A huge variety of lentils add the essential protein in the diet of vegetarians most common of which are chana (chick pea), masoor (most often red lentils), toor (pigeon peas), urad (black gram), and moong (mung beans). Lentils may be used whole, dehusked—for example, dhuli moong or dhuli urad—or split. Split lentils, or dal, are used extensively. Some pulses, such as channa or cholae (chickpeas), rajma (kidney beans), and lobiya (black-eyed peas) are very common, especially in the northern regions. Chana, urud and moong are also processed into flours – Chana flour is Besan or Gram flour.

Many Indian dishes are cooked in vegetable oil, but peanut oil is popular in northern and western India, mustard oil in eastern India,and coconut oil along the western coast, especially in Kerala, Gingelly (sesame) oil is common in the south since it imparts a fragrant, nutty aroma. In recent decades, sunflower, safflower, cottonseed, and soybean oils have become popular across India. Hydrogenated vegetable oil, known as Vanaspati ghee, is another popular cooking medium.] Butter-based ghee, or deshi ghee, is used frequently, though less than in the past.

The most important and frequently used spices and flavourings in Indian cuisine are whole or powdered chilli pepper (mirch, introduced by the Portuguese from Mexico in the 16th century), black mustard seed (sarso), cardamom (elaichi), cumin (jeera), turmeric (haldi), asafoetida (hing), ginger (adrak), coriander (dhania), and garlic (lasoon). One popular spice mix is garam masala, a powder that typically includes five or more dried spices, especially cardamom, cinnamon (dalchini), and clove. Each culinary region has a distinctive garam masala blend—individual chefs may also have their own. Goda masala is a comparable, though sweet, spice mix popular in Maharashtra. Some leaves commonly used for flavouring include bay laves (tejpat), coriander leaves, fenugreek leaves, and mint leaves. The use of curry leaves and roots for flavouring is typical of Gujarati and South Indian cuisine. Sweet dishes are often seasoned with cardamom, saffron, nutmeg, and rose petal essences.

Hard-to-find ingredients on your doorstep

Carefully selected by Anj

We specialise in truly authentic, hard-to-find Pan Asian ingredients and groceries for you to prepare your own nutritiously tasty meals. Feel free to ask for advice and cooking tips!

We stock and sell Asian condiments, grains, specialty flours, snacks, teas, coffees, dry spices, spice rubs, pastes, sauces, marinades, oils as well as chutneys and pickles Dry herbs and cuisine specific crucial additions to ensure authentic taste are available.

Tynemouth's Pan Asia Delicatessen and Gourmet Store is unique in providing at least 8 Asian cuisines under one roof by aggressively pursuing relations with specialist epicurists and wholesalers in London, Leicester, Manchester, Leeds and overseas (authentic brands and hard to find ingredients), local artisans as well as international distributors. It offers a more convenient and appealing option than ordering online or lugging fancy groceries back from trips to the nearest international store or wholesaler.


Quick & Easy meals

We have pre-packaged ready meals by Ashoka and Gitts which offer a wonderful, authentic Indian ready meals for you to try at very reasonable prices. These meals are highly suitable for vegans and make a great lunchtime healthy option to take into the office or workplace.

Pan Asia's own range is available to add to your freezer stock of ready meals.

Specialist advice on food preparation is available from our highly knowledgeable staff with mention of certain hard to find ingredients stocked on the shelves of the store and guidance on what may be purchased via normal supermarkets. Recipe cards will soon be available to inspire you to try unusual or unfamiliar products.

Chai teas and coffee

Asian teas of high quality ranging from delicious chais to green teas and herbal mixes are available to the discerning tea drinker.

We also have coffee from different parts of Asia.

We are sourcing and preparing to sell a range of high quality coffee beans from different parts of Asia.

Lessons, Catering, & Products

Cooking Lessons

Pan Asia Delicatessen and Gourmet Store is running cooking lessons in various Asian cuisines. A 4 and half hour session will teach and help you acquire skills to work with Asian spices, blends and ingredients to prepare dishes following recipes that are authentic for homestyle cooking. Each lesson will involve a participant watching a demonstration and than preparing the dish themselves with ingredients provided. The participants can then take these away to have at home. In each session, the level will be assessed through a pre-lesson discussion with you so as to maximise your experience. In each lesson, the participants will decide if they want to make a starter and main course or a main course and a dessert.

Class size : 4 people
Duration: 4.5 hrs starting at 12 noon and finishing at 4.30pm

Venue: Pan Asia Delicatessen and Gourmet Store, 69 Front Street, Tynemouth, NE30 4BP

Cost: £99 per participant. Price is inclusive of ingredients. - enough to make a meal for two to take away!
Discounts of 10% for group booking of 4 are available. One to one follow on tutorial available to suit you at a tuition fee of £20 for an hour.

Dates for scheduled lessons, availability and the cuisine taught on those dates are available on request: call 01919083959

Catering & Pop Ups

Looking for the WOW! factor at your next party or corporate function? Pan ASIA can offer a uniquely different, exceptionally tasty menu for you and your guests.

We take orders for one pot meals for 4, 6 or more people if you are entertaining at home and want something more interesting than your normal take away.

Why not ask at the counter for details on how to order or call on 0191 9083959.

Through the Cinnamon Supper Club, a pop up experience offering a 5 course taster menu from different parts of the Indian Sub- Continent, we will help raise funds for certain local charities whilst taking our guest diners through a fantastic, informative culinary journey of an Indian region. Our venues of choice are interesting and atmospheric. Next one - Royal Kashmiri Cuisine on Friday 24th February. Tickets cost £45 per head and go on sale on Monday 23rd January. We can cater for any dietary restrictions.

A member of staff will be most pleased to take your reservation at the counter in store or alternatively contact us on 0191 908 3959

Gifts & New Products

Struggling to find gifts? Maybe you have a birthday coming up? For anyone who loves to cook or simply enjoys good food, Pan Asia have the perfect gift. With a variety of cuisines, ingredients and recipe books we are sure to have something to suit your needs.

Why not try our Limited Edition Chocolates, unique to Pan Asia and bespoke. We have teamed up with Gareth James Chocolatiers of Tynemouth to create an amazing new taste
experience when it comes to chocolates.

Flavoured teas and sensational fragrances from our beautiful spice candles look fabulous in a hamper with our chocolates.

Philosophy

My vision was to provide my customers with an opportunity to share my passion for healthy eating and cooking through an upscale Asian grocery and delicatessen.  I wanted it to focus on and specialise in certain Pan Asian foods with a distinct yet changing menu that includes authentic, hard-to-find ingredients from across the Asian continent.  A science exists behind the combining of foods and flavours that plays a huge part in our physical wellbeing, optimum energy flows and mental wellbeing.  I wanted to present this in our food at the shop for customers to enjoy.  So in August 2016, Pan Asia Delicatessen and Gourmet Store was opened for business.

Every dish prepared is fresh, preservative free, and balanced in nutritional value following successful principles tested for centuries by Asians.  A balance of highly nourishing foods made with great quality ingredients and packed with awesome flavours is our goal each day.  Home style cooking at its best from each region of Asia is researched, mastered and prepared for your enjoyment.  The deli serves mouth-watering meat, fish, and vegetarian options, delicious salads, appetising gluten free dishes, and healthy yet tasty clean foods.  All products are packaged and sold to be consumed off the premises.

We have a gluten free and clean foods line of packaged products that are hard to find in other delicatessens or specialist grocers. Ready to go food dishes are prepared on site daily as fresh, chilled or frozen.  Our Promise is Fresh, Homemade and Healthy.  We want you to have an exciting food experience and customer service with a smile.

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