Polenta Shrooms is not always a familiar dish to many. As a matter of fact, most of you reading this would have a hard time imaging what the dish looks like. Those of you who have tried polenta before will know that it’s creamy and nutty. It’s a unique combination of taste and texture, which makes this dish unforgettable and keep you coming back for more.
Often times, polenta is used to replace mashed potato and is often paired up with a meat dish, but avid food lovers would know that polenta is also good on its own with some garnish on top.
What is Polenta Shrooms
Polenta Shrooms can be found at VCR, a café in Bangsar. It is made with polenta, seasonal mushrooms and garnished with chopped hazelnuts and pomegranate seeds. It’s a rich, creamy dish with earthy flavours that will hit you right in the spot.
You can enjoy it with the different varieties of freshly brewed coffee available in-store or fresh fruit juices. You can then finish it off with the various cakes sold at VCR.
History of Polenta
Polenta originated in Italy, Venice to be exact, and it has a history dating back to AD 1492. No one knows how polenta come about, but in 1692, Venice was popular with biscuits made with yellow corn flour called “zaleti.” Ancient Rome also had their very own version of polenta called “pultem.” It is believed that it was merchants and the crossing of culture that eventually created the polenta that we are accustomed to today.
You might think that Spaghetti is the staple food of Italian, but it was polenta that was and remained the staple food of Italians for the longest time. Traditionally, polenta is made by pouring a specific type of flour from a certain height into a large pot of boiling water and stirring continuously for about an hour. Farmers would eat it for every meal, and on certain special days, they would have their polenta with cheese.
Because polenta takes a long time to cook, despite it being a staple food to farmers in Italy, it isn’t as cheap anywhere else around the world. In fact, polenta is often served with other luxury ingredients to replace the humble potato and elevate the dishes.
Health Benefits of Polenta Shrooms
Polenta is a good source of fibre and protein that helps you feel full. Unlike pasta or bread, it is gluten-free. It is also a good source of carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, which aid in cancer and heart disease prevention. It is also low in fat, which is why it is often used to substitute mash potatoes.
Mushrooms, on the other hand, is rich in antioxidants called selenium which help to support a healthy immune system and prevent damages in the cells and body tissues. Mushroom can also help protect against heart diseases and help fight signs of ageing.
Where to get Polenta Shrooms in KL
There is a place that serves delicious Polenta Shrooms in KL, and you can find it in VCR located on Jalan Telawi Bangsar. The Polenta Shrooms is made fresh for only RM25
For those who want to try something a little different, you can head to Sapore in KL and try their Stewed Corn Polenta and Mushroom. This restaurant serves dishes in tapas sizes so you can share them with your friends.
Want a little something with your polenta? Head to Embassy in KL and order The Atlantic – a pan-seared salmon served with polenta mash, roasted vegetables and spicy mayo.
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