Restaurant Review: Cuckoo for Coconut

A unique culinary tradition, the literal meaning of dim sum is "to touch the heart."

By OFER ZEMACH
October 30, 2005 16:28
2 minute read.
Restaurant Review: Cuckoo for Coconut

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In updating Coconut, her Thai restaurant in Herzliya, Rena Pushkarna presents a new dim sum menu next to the eatery s beloved dishes. Popular in many countries, dim sum is of Cantonese origin and a unique culinary tradition. The literal meaning of dim sum is "to touch the heart." Dim sum portions at Coconut are bite-sized and served in small quantities. These truly wonderful treats are produced in different shapes and textures and can be salty or sweet. They often have a pastry skin and are filled with seafood, chicken or beef. Vegetarian dim sum can be filled with mushrooms and bamboo shoots, sweet red bean paste or sesame butter paste. All of these wrapped goodies can be steamed, baked, fried or even braised in aromatic and succulent sauces to achieve a special flavor, color and mouth-watering appeal. The selection of dim sum offered at Coconut varies from NIS 23 to NIS 28 and includes dishes such as chicken with spring onions and ginger; chicken with mushrooms; or a vegetarian version with potatoes, onions and coriander. Coconut diners can also take pleasure in the noodles menu which features among its nine items one of Thailand s best-known dishes: pad thai. Originally developed in Bangkok to serve busy office workers with fast, nutritious and delicious food to eat during breaks, pad thai is made of stir-fried flat rice noodles served with a combination of crunchy sprouts, vegetables, beef, chicken and roasted peanuts. The noodles menu is offered during the weekend on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. A business lunch for NIS 59 is served at Coconut during the week between 12 noon to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Coconut, 32 Maskit St. Herzliya Pituach, open daily 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tel: (09) 956-8959. (not kosher)



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