Place: Chung Hua
Location: Behind Balaji Grand Bazaar, Basheerbhag (Road next to Mor Medical Hall)
Meal: Dinner (with amma and bro)
Having tasted their Manchurian noodles a couple of weeks ago, here I was at Chung Hua with amma and my brother on Sunday night for dinner. My brother used to visit this place about 15 years ago, and loved their food. He tells me that along with Nanking, Alex Kitchen and Blue Diamond, this is one of the oldest Chinese restaurants in town.
The place might be a little tough to find, for its located inside a building. Walking in, the place was decorated with Chinese artifacts, was pretty loud, and the tables were placed quite close to each other. It was packed (being Sunday night), but it didn’t take long for us to find a table. We decided on our food pretty soon, and ordered Manchow Soup, Spring Rolls, Hakka Noodles, Hong Kong Vegetables and an American Chopsuey.
The soup was served in about 10 minutes. It was unbelievably spicy, full of red chilli powder. We tried to make it better by adding some vinegar and soy sauce, but for no use. We had to ask for a replacement cos it was inconsumable. The waiter initially hesitated, but agreed to replace it. The substitute was better, but still spicy. Our mouth’s were on fire!!
The Spring Rolls were served soon. They were fluffy, crisp and yum. I would have preferred them to be little more fried.
We asked the rest of the food to be made less spicy after the soup fiasco, so the Noodles were pretty much served bland. Nevertheless, they were good. The Manchurian Noodles I had the other day were very oily, but today, minimal oil, just perfect.
The Hong Kong Vegetable was nothing but Manchurian balls in Hot Garlic Sauce. The balls were perfectly fried and the sauce was delicious.
After having some bad American Chopsuey in recent times, I was not looking forward to it. But the one served here was very much better the rest. The sauce was luscious and the noodles were crunchy. Yummy!
Overall, a delicious meal. Except for the soup, everything else tasted good. The service was a little hasty, but otherwise alright. The quantity of the food served was decent. The prices were a little on the higher side, but not bad. On the whole, a good Chinese meal after a long time. Give it a shot. They also have a branch on Minister Road.
Meal for 3: Rs. 654/-