Say, what? Indian Chinese food? Think saucy. Think chop suey. Think sweet-and-sour with a chilli kick.
Indian Chinese cuisine is said to have originated in Calcutta in the early 1900s – dishes cooked by Hakka immigrants that were gradually adapted to local Indian tastes. Today, Indian Chinese cuisine has spread all over India – and to much of Malaysia and Singapore too – but you won’t have to head overseas to try it. Hustle on down to Indian Chopsticks, set in a converted fibro cottage in Harris Park. The suburb is fast becoming a 'Little India' with Indian restaurants, dessert houses and grocery stores dotted everywhere you look.
Manchurian chicken $13.90
Manchurian chicken is the quintessential Indian Chinese dish. It’s a jumble of chicken fillets stir-fried with ginger, garlic, green chilli and fresh coriander. You can choose to have it drenched (wet) or sparse (dry) with sauce. Our waitress recommends it dry.
Chilli chicken $13.90
Chilli chicken is all about the gravy it’s drenched in – thick and soupy with slices of crunchy capsicum and plenty of soy sauce.
Sichuan lamb $13.90
American chop suey with chicken $10.90
American chop suey is as good – or as bad – as you think deep-fried noodles with a saucy stir fry and a fried egg on top could be. It’s all kinds of crunch and texture, but the sauce errs a little on the sweet side for our taste.
Gobi 65 $7.50
Vegetarians are well looked after too. The Gobi 65 is a stand-out: cauliflower florets marinated in a spicy masala and then deep-fried to a nutty crunch.
Chilli paneer $7.50
Fresh paneer cooked with capsicums and spicy chillies
Chilli paneer is also satisfying – cubes of fresh cottage cheese stir-fried with chillies, capsicum and soy.
Sweet corn soup with chicken $5.90 small
Five spice soup $4.90 small
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77 Wigram Street, Harris Park, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 02 9891 4177
Monday to Friday 5.30pm-10.30pm
Saturday and Sunday 11.30am-10.30pm
This article appeared in the April 2013 issue of Time Out Sydney in my monthly Food & Drink column Eat This! [Read online]
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