It has been called a fiery fusion of flavors, although some consider it more of an evolution. This medley of fragrant Indian spiced food with classic Chinese methods is best embodied in dishes like chicken lollipops, Hakka noodles, and Vegetable Manchurian.
So what is Indian-Chinese exactly? Chinese food tailored to Indian tastes, or the mingling of Chinese ingredients like soy sauce and vinegar with garlic, ginger, and chile peppers used liberally as fundamental ingredients to create dishes with distinctly inspired flavor profiles.
The story begins in the early 1900s when many Hakka Chinese immigrated to India to build railroads for the East India Company. Most ended up in the northeast, in cities near and around Kolkata, as they are near China. As often transpires in a new land, the Chinese began to long for homemade fare and started using fresh local ingredients to reinvent popular meals inspired by their homeland. About 85-years ago, this hybrid cuisine took on a life of its own in India when the first Indo Chinese restaurants opened in Kolkata and Bombay.
Today this Asian fusion comfort food is popular in cities around the globe. Popular dishes include mixtures of soy sauce, ginger and green peppers or a sauce made of vinegar, soy sauce, chile sauce, tomato paste. Most dishes are eaten with rice and accompanied by condiments like chile-garlic sauce, soy sauce, green peppers marinated in vinegar, and sometimes baby onions marinated in vinegar. Some favorite meals include:
- Chicken Manchurian and Gobi Manchurian or Cauliflower Manchurian deep fried and then stir-fried in a sauce made of vinegar, soy sauce, chile sauce, tomato paste
- Hakka Noodles which are udon or soba cooked with vegetables stir-fried with soy sauce, ginger and green peppers
- Crispy honey chili potatoes
- Szechuan Beef or Lamb in a sauce made of dry red chile peppers, shallots, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and Szechuan peppers
Come experience the joy of exotic Indian Chinese cuisine, exclusively at Taste on 63rd located in Downers Grove, Illinois! To satisfy your taste buds, you can visit our menu or give us a call at (630) 541-9872.