Often it is believed that the tastiest Chinese food is prepared by the roadside vendors, if not the most hygienic. We go by what we are provided in abundance. The Chinese food served by these vendors has become a habit amongst us. Their modified recipes have sidelined the authentic platter to a level where it has become a benchmark for us to judge.
It is only when we try out the same food in better restaurants that we observe how clouded our senses have become. China Town is one such hardcore chiselled joint, which claims to resurrect the taste of Chinese Cuisine from the buried.
Alas! the irony is that the restaurant is hidden from display by a huge ill-sprouted tree!
China Town can be found opposite to the newly developing mall, Lakecity on the University Road. As if shy of the hustle bustle of the main road, China Town is embedded at the corner of a road leading away.
China Town looks bigger on the outside, however inside it is a small Air-Conditioned hall with six tables for four, limiting its capacity for 25 people at a time. The determination of running a place with a paucity of customers, shows confidence. We acquired a table quickly before we could lose them all.
That noon saw a heterogeneous mixture of gourmands: a small family, two couples and a rare singlet. We were a group of three.
The Menu card was an example of munificence. There was a spate of items to choose from, but we managed, like we always do.
Manchow Soup is largely popular as Indian Chinese Cuisine. It is relatively easy to prepare, the fried noodles to be dropped in the soup were served to us before the soup had even arrived. Manchow soup was hot and spicy, embellished were generous helpings of finely cut vegetables, soy sauce and garlic. I found garlic leading the soup but that was okay, because the soup was good. The only complain I have is that they took longer time than usual to serve soup, rest of the orders followed in punctuality.
This comes in large range all over the world. There isn’t a mandate saying that two noodle soups should be the same. The gravy in this soup was milder than Manchow Soup and contained less vegetables, the boiled noodles were soft and long. For those who don’t want to have noodles in the main course, this comes as a tempting deal.
Veg. Lollipop with Masala
Lollipop is served in their own style, probably because of the masala part. The lollipops were delicious, I tasted cauliflower in supreme. The gravy was chiefly consisting of onions, capsicum and more finely mashed vegetables and spices. Some of the lollipops tasted like Manchurian but that would be my illusion. And anyway, it is a Chinese restaurant after all! The dish was enjoyable, not disappointing in any way. Cherish your vegetarian orientation while savouring those lollipops and you’ll feel better.
Veg. Manchurian with Gravy
The trick part in Manchurian is to not let it harden from the core. The restaurant failed here. The gravy was excellent and not generous in soya sauce and garlic like it usually comes to be, but very mild and delectable. The Manchurian killed the taste.
Select few of the balls were soft, rest were not. If only they would have been cooked better, this would have been a recommendable item.
I wonder why they didn’t add Veg. here as well. Shanghai Noodles are generally spicy, served with cabbage in dominance and adorned with Chicken if non-vegetarian or dry Manchurian, if otherwise. Here I couldn’t determine the quality, I did eat it all and liked how it tasted, but a certain magic was absent.
This concluded our meal at China Town.
I don’t want to sound trite by parroting the same ending paragraph as before, but China Town is a place worth visiting once if you’ve been eating at carts. If you are a gourmet, then China Town is far below your taste, you might as well skip this place.
The popularity of China Town is alleviated by the fact that they are mellow on your budget. For example, our bill was Rs 306. The quality they provide is relatively better than what people have, but again, a small place like this can’t provide you exact Chinese food. The beginning of the trend, though, can be credited to this place.
Try experimenting with your order and you might get a combination appealing to your taste buds.
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