En papillote. Al cartoccio. In parchment. Whatever you call it, this is possibly one of the most dramatic ways to serve pasta. Pizza Hut today introduced two new pastas “cooked in paper”. There’s “Spicy Seafood Parchment Pasta” (S$12.90) and “Char-grilled Chicken Parchment Pasta” (S$11.90) - both of which are baked in parchment paper at the final stage to allow the pasta to absorb flavours of the sauce and ingredients.
Let me do an “unboxing” of the pasta. Here’s the char-grilled chicken parchment pasta...
Part of the pleasure is unwrapping the package. It’s like opening a present!
Oh you can smell the wonderfully baked aromas now...steaming hot, buttery and garlicky creamy scent!
Aha, the char-grilled chicken and the pasta emerge into view...
It is a beauty...button mushrooms redolent with garlic, turkey bacon, sliced red capsicum and moist grilled chicken doused with a satiny smooth cream sauce. A hint of Parmesan cheese enriches the sauce and gives it body. Everything is all bundled together to mingle and infuse the pasta with their lovely flavours.
Pizza Hut uses Barilla pasta for better flavour and texture. And it really shows, because the pasta remained fairly al dente after baking, and even after a few minutes of photography.
And now for the Spicy Seafood Parchment pasta...
Linguini in spicy tomato sauce with mussels, squid and prawns. The sauce forms a well-balanced sweet, tangy and spicy background to the fresh seafood. I’m glad they didn’t hold back on “spicy” - they use a few slices of chili padi (bird’s eye chillies) to give the dish some well-deserved heat. But don’t worry, it won’t bite your tongue...much.
The parchment pastas have made me quite curious about their other pastas. Pizza Hut revamped their menu some time back and included pasta dishes such as the Spicy Pomodoro Chicken (S$6.80). For this price, the pasta sure looks pretty darn good!
They also expanded their salad selection, to provide healthier options for dining. This is their signature Seafood Tofu Salad (S$6.90) - mesclun greens with straw mushrooms and crispy noodles, and is served with Italian dressing. It’s a generous serving for this price. I do like the seafood tofu - it tastes similar to some of the Japanese fishcakes.
The drinks have also been jazzed up. This is the Emerald Sparkle cooler (S$3.80), a green apple flavoured sparkling drink with chopped green apple and mint. Very refreshing. There are strawberry and mango versions too.
Their signature dessert is the Warm Chocolate Cake with Ice Cream (S$6.50). The two pair very well. I loved soaking up the chocolate cake with the vanilla ice cream. Despite feeling really full from both parchment pastas and the many side dishes, I still couldn’t help but finish this sweet treat.
I haven’t been to Pizza Hut in years, so I’m pleasantly surprised to note how the array of new items have really updated this chain. Pizza Hut is now more than just pizzas, garlic bread and drumlets. There are healthy dining options, and even a couple of Crispy Thin Crust pizzas given the stamp of approval by the Health Promotion Board.
You can see their full menu including prices on their website.
P.S. I met Xiaxue in person at the tasting! She's cute. This is her post on the food. Actually for a point-and-shoot camera, her photos are not bad. The wrapped pasta is naturally compacted and messy, so it's not easy to get photogenic shots of it. But we all had fun that day. Thanks to the friendly folks at Pizza Hut for the invite!