Indi – Chinese food…Yes, it is a cuisine & a very popular one too. Chinese food came in to India in a big way almost 20 years back & soon became the street food favorite for all. Then it was turned, twisted, customized & presented in the format as we now know it all. Ingredients like Paneer (Cottage Cheese), Button Red chillies & Vegetable Manchurian found it’s way into Chinese cuisine.
Kolkata has it’s own China Town, an area called Tangra, peppered with Indi- Chinese restaurants & inhabited by migrants from China. They should be honored with the invention of this cuisine similar to Hakka Chinese but with Indian ingredients. China Town on Khalid Bin Waleed street, Dubai serves food identical to the Tangra area of Kolkata & the best interpretation of Indi-Chinese cuisine.
Ambiance: Red curtains, covers , sofas and Chinese lanterns hanging everywhere. In case, you walked into this restaurant blindfold, you will guess the cuisine just by looking around. The seating area upstairs is spread out & can easily seat more than 100 pax. Valet parking available downstairs which is a boon in the “never able to find parking on your own” Mankhool area.
Service: Attentive & super quick. They won’t make any notes & remember large orders yet make no errors in service. There are times when a group of 10 of us ordered there on a packed weekend & we were served in 10 mins flat! However, in recent visits, I found the servers to be a tad too serious especially when our Little Critic got going. Being cheerful is definitely not their forte.
Chicken Hot & Sour Soup: Sour but definitely Hot & the minced garlic & diced veggies add the signature flavor to it.
China Town special noodles: My favorite dish here. We order it mainly for the slightly chewy mushrooms but the fried egg on top is an added advantage. Light & non oily.
Chicken Manchurian: The chicken is very soft & the sauce is simple & gently spiced with garlic & soy sauce.
Drums of heaven: Crispy and tasty without being overly doughy. Just correct!
Chicken Schezwan Fried Rice: Spicy but not overtly spiced up, a little greasy & packed with flavor. The green peas may be a misfit but this is the closest they come to my perfect Schezwan Fried Rice.
Prawns in Hot Garlic Sauce: The prawns are cooked well, but the Hot Garlic sauce isn’t too great in this place, it’s a tad too gelatinous.
Love the array of sauces from the tangy to the spicy that we have on the table.
Pricing: Affordable & value for money. A meal for 4 would cost around 180-200 Dhs
Final Word: Craving for Indian style Chinese food? Rush to China Town. They know how to do it best!