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Chilli Chicken, Chowmein, Fried Rice with Manchurian, the list goes on… And as our mouth waters, we wonder: are these scrumptious creations Chinese or Indian? Truth be told, this newfangled cuisine coined as Indian Chinese actually exists. It’s true, it’s even featured on Wikipedia. But contrary to popular belief, it isn’t all that trendy. Desi Chinese actually dates back to a few hundred years ago created by the small Chinese community from the Hakka region that settled in Kolkata in the late 19th century. And before you knew it, this version of “Chinese” food had tickled the taste buds of people all over India adopting it in their own way, from Chinese Bhel Puri to Chinese Idli, spring rolls in canteens to momos on the streets.
So what really is Indian Chinese? Simply put, it is the Indian adaptation of Chinese cooking techniques and seasonings with a unique tadka. It’s aimed at pleasing our desi palate, with a larger offering of vegetarian dishes of course. Yes, Chinese food is the most popular foreign cuisine in India surpassing Italian or Thai. This is why a majority of restaurants dedicate a section of their menu to Chinese food. And this is not just the case in India. People across the world, especially in Malaysia, Singapore and North America, surprisingly relish this cuisine to no end (and who can blame them?).
The rice was good. Just not my cup of tea for the other dishes
Fusion food comes in all types of combinations. Vietnamese and Chinese food blended together.
Malaysian food or even to Tex-Mex food.
How about Indian and Chinese food?
Well Inchin’s has the spot for you to get a taste of what it may be like to combine this Asian combo.
Let’s talk about it!
Keep in mind that my wife is 100% Chinese from Wuxi, China, so when it comes to Chinese food she knows the best authentic dishes.
However, when we ran into this restaurant that served a blend of Indian and Chinese food, it even made her look twice.
This is the first time we have ever seen anything like this.
I’m sure it is common near the India /China border but first I’ve seen in the Bay Area.
They also have restaurants all over the U.S.
I love Indian food and Chinese food so ordering was easy.
As the food arrived, I didn’t see much a difference between the Chinese dishes compared to a normal Chinese restaurant nor a big difference between Indian food related to an Indian restaurant.
However, the taste was different. It didn’t taste authentic to each culture which to me it didn’t work for my taste buds.
Since you don’t really see curry dishes within Chinese restaurants it was hard to get my mind wrapped around.
Being honest, I prefer eating Chinese food on it’s own and Indian food on it’s own.
They have a great ambiance at Inchin’s but I can’t say that the experience was that good for me.
However, I would suggest you try it and let me know what you think.
Thanks for joining me on today’s adventure! I look forward to seeing you on the next run! Keep hope alive!
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Aashna Ahuja (November 27, 2015 11:21 IST)
Indian Chinese Cuisine: India’s Love Affair with Chinese Food Retrieved from http://food.ndtv.com/food-drinks/indian-chinese-cuisine-indias-love-affair-with-chinese-food-1214445