March 3, 2012

Cafe Blue Ginger, located in Karachi’s upscale commercial district of Zamzama, offers an eclectic menu in a rustic setting. Once inside the dining room framed by heritage windows and grills, diners sit down to an elegant selection of Mediterranean, French, Italian and continental specialties, such as tomato bruschetta, seared salmon with pink peppercorn sauce, cheese soufflé and grilled chicken with Dijon sauce. Everything is carefully planned out by owner Hussain Tariq and his mother, well-known cooking expert and television host Zubaida Tariq. Here is one of Hussain’s favourite recipes.

Fettuccine Alfredo with Grilled Chicken and Sun-dried Tomatoes


250 grams dry fettuccini pasta
100 grams butter
1 cup fresh cream
salt and pepper to taste
half a teaspoon of garlic salt
sea salt to taste
a few leaves of basil
150 grams grilled chicken fillet, sliced in long strips
3/4 cup grated Romano cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
50 grams sun-dried tomatoes


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add fettuccine and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or untilal dente. Drain.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt butter with garlic salt, add cream over low heat.
  3. Add sea salt, pepper. Stir in cheese over medium heat until melted; this will thicken the sauce.
  4. Add pasta to sauce. Keep stirring it.
  5. Add grilled chicken pieces, sun-dried tomatoes, and basil leaves.
  6. Must use enough of the pasta so that all of the sauce is used and the pasta is thoroughly coated. Serve immediately.
  7. Garnish the dish with few strips of sun-dried tomatoes, grilled chicken pieces and basil leaves.
– recipe provided by Hussain Tariq


Cafe Blue Ginger
17 C, 2nd Zamzama Commercial Lane
Phase 5, DHA
Karachi, Pakistan
telephone: (92.21) 3537.0861; 3537.0862

The writer is a former assistant editor at Newsline