Chilli Chicken, Fried Rice with Manchurian, Chowmien, and the list goes on… And as our tongue waters, we are in awe: are these scrumptious creations Indian or Chinese? Truth be told, this fresh cuisine coined as Indian Chinese really exists. It is true; it’s also featured on various platforms. But opposing to popular belief, it is not all that trendy.
Indian Chinese actually dates back to a few 10 decades ago created by the small Chinese community from the Hakka area that developed in Kolkata in the late months of the 19th century. And prior you knew it; this version of “Chinese” foodstuff had delighted the taste buds of natives all over India adopting it in their own way, from Chinese Bhel Puri to Chinese Idli, spring rolls in the cafeteria to momos on the street sides.
As all émigré communities tend to do, the Chinese incorporates Indian beliefs and sensibilities. They also acknowledged one of our goddesses, Maa Kali, as their own, and presented noodles, chop sue, rice, Manchurian and vegetable dishes in customs as a sign of harmony.
About 8 decades ago, the Indian culinary platform was affected by a fresh cuisine. The first Indo Chinese restaurant named Eau Chew opened in Kolkata. Most probably hordes came out impressed and satiated, beaming their support to the next lot of natives who hadn't tried this newly fangled cuisine of foreign basis, yet spicy and delicious like their own.
List of Chinese Restaurant In India
Shang Palace, Delhi
Pan Asian, Kolkata
The Hong Kong Club, Delhi
The China Kitchen, Delhi
Latest restaurants mushroomed all over Kolkata, and legends such as Kim Fa and Fat Mama were introduced, offering new-fangled dishes with fancier blends and names such as Fiery Dragon Chicken and August Moon Rolls. Sooner than you knew it "Indian Chinese" had overjoyed the taste buds of folk in every small city and town all over India. No small deed for a foreign cuisine.
Chinese restaurants in India offer the type of food that was not just served by big and small hotels. They also sell cuisines on handcart owners, highway food stalls and mobile vans for Chowmien and Chill potatoes boasting inventive names like Dancing Stomach and Hungry Eyes. Street foods of Classic Mumbai now also have Chinese versions with "Sichuan dhosa" and "Chinese Bhel."