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2005/07/27 20:19:10 (permalink)

Indian/Chinese

OK, I've looked through the International section and haven't seen anything on Indian-Chinese food - i.e., food cooked by Chinese immigrants to India. Apparently there are a few of these restaurants in the U.S. - there's even one in the DC area, but I haven't been yet (though I am awaiting a trip with a friend). Does anyone have any experience with this cuisine? Suggestions for good dishes to start with?
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    BT
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    RE: Indian/Chinese 2005/07/27 23:50:05 (permalink)
    So you're looking for a restaurant in the US run by Chinese who first immigrated and aculturated in India BEFORE coming to the US to open a restaurant?

    Apparently you know something we don't--so you'll have to tell us about where those places are and what they serve.
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    RE: Indian/Chinese 2005/07/28 01:12:49 (permalink)
    Sangam Restaurant at 1211 North Glebe Road in Arlington, Virginia offers this cuisine along with both Northern and Southern Indian. I love their chili chicken but be careful of the heat level of the peppers. By the way, they catered the lunch hosted by the prime minister of India at The National Press Club last week!
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    RE: Indian/Chinese 2005/07/28 01:42:18 (permalink)
    An excellent cuisine is "Nonya," a mix between Chinese and Malaysia. Not as spicy-hot as some Indian, but some super aromatic spice flavors and great textures. One of my Asian cuisines.

    For DC, just use a Google search with the key words. There are a bunch of Malay-Singapore restaurants in the DC area.

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    RE: Indian/Chinese 2005/07/28 17:16:56 (permalink)
    There's the fairly new Bamboo Garden in Decatur, Ga., in a strip shopping center on the Lawrenceville Hwy. I don't know anything about the cuisine, but what I had was mighty nice.
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    RE: Indian/Chinese 2005/07/31 06:32:07 (permalink)
    Hello all. Here in Harrisonburg, Va. there is an excellent restaurant, "The Indian/American Cafe." It serves the tastiest Indian food. The owners/cooks are from Nepal. They offer spice levels from 1/2 to 4, and 4 is extremely hot. The prices are very reasonable, atmosphere is super (Indian music playing lightly) and the food wonderous. I like their chicken saag. They also offer Kingfisher beer, and Indian beer, which makes American beer taste like water. The hosts are also so gently friendly that you wish you could get to know them better.
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    RE: Indian/Chinese 2005/07/31 08:27:57 (permalink)
    Fieldthistle:
    Where exactly is Harrisonburg? Are you in the DC area?
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    RE: Indian/Chinese 2005/08/01 05:06:57 (permalink)
    Tacchino, Harrisonburg is the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. About an hour south of Winchester, Va.and 2 hours I think south west of D.C.. Right on Interstate 81. It's home to James Madison University. I live 5 miles west in a tiny dot called Hinton, able to enjoy the country but close enough to a growing city to be civilized, lol.
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    RE: Indian/Chinese 2005/08/04 12:48:39 (permalink)
    I think what dctourist is looking for is information on Hakka-Indian fusion cuisine.

    Hakka are ethnic Han tribes, originating in central China, that migrated first to southern China during the Yuan Dynasty, then to India (primarily to Calcutta and Bombay) and other areas of the world. As a result, several sub-sets of Hakka fusion cuisine, such as Hakka-Indian, have evolved.

    You can get more information by Googleing "Hakka cuisine + India".

    During my trips to Toronto, I've noticed a growing number of Hakka-Indian restaurant in the GTA, such as Kimling, Danforth Dragon, Bombay Chopsticks, Chung Moi, China Cottage, Lin Garden, Lucky Chinese and Wah Sing Seafood. I have yet to try any of these restaurants (too many other Toronto dining choices available). Kimling seems to get the most mention, but they don't have a website.

    However, these websites can give a good indication of what you might expect from Hakka-Indian fusion cuisine:

    www.danforthdragon.com

    www.bombaychopsticks.com

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    RE: Indian/Chinese 2005/08/08 00:38:54 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by GordonW

    An excellent cuisine is "Nonya," a mix between Chinese and Malaysia. Not as spicy-hot as some Indian, but some super aromatic spice flavors and great textures. One of my Asian cuisines.

    For DC, just use a Google search with the key words. There are a bunch of Malay-Singapore restaurants in the DC area.




    nyonya...yummmyyyyyy.....dun think one can can any in this part of the world (i mean in the us of a), right? not unless it's home cooked, right? there's the 'pongteh' chicken, the otak-otak (literally means brain-brain...actually its a mildly-spiced fish dish), jicama vegetable dish...the list goes on...
    i wonder how receptive are the american towards such flavors
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    RE: Indian/Chinese 2005/08/08 03:57:31 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Fieldthistle

    Tacchino, Harrisonburg is the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. About an hour south of Winchester, Va.and 2 hours I think south west of D.C.. Right on Interstate 81. It's home to James Madison University. I live 5 miles west in a tiny dot called Hinton, able to enjoy the country but close enough to a growing city to be civilized, lol.

    Thanks, Fieldthistle, I can't believe I never heard of it before, as I lived in the DC area for a few years, and knew people who had studied at James Madison..I guess I always thought it was further from the Capital area than it appears as you said.
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    RE: Indian/Chinese 2005/08/08 14:18:22 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by tacchino

    quote:
    Originally posted by Fieldthistle

    Tacchino, Harrisonburg is the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. About an hour south of Winchester, Va.and 2 hours I think south west of D.C.. Right on Interstate 81. It's home to James Madison University. I live 5 miles west in a tiny dot called Hinton, able to enjoy the country but close enough to a growing city to be civilized, lol.

    Thanks, Fieldthistle, I can't believe I never heard of it before, as I lived in the DC area for a few years, and knew people who had studied at James Madison..I guess I always thought it was further from the Capital area than it appears as you said.

    Yeah, it's not quite handy for dinner from DC, but worth considering if you're hiking in the Shenandoahs or visiting Charlottesville or something. Plenty of good Indian food right around DC...
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