Ok, Like I said, I've sampled everything at Hilal Chat House on Devon in the past week or two, which takes all of maybe 50 dollars.
Anyway, the owner Yusuf Yahora took a liking to me, and told me about some special order only items he makes, I ordered yesterday and ate today.
Item one is a "egg shell samosa"as yusuf put it. It has a thin, crispy filo dough shell, filled with a great curry and hot pepper *meat* mixture. These are kinda special if you can manage to eat them fresh out of the fyer.
The other item was a type of indo-pak "scotch egg". Yup, a hard boiled egg, with a meat-potato mash wrapped around it and deep fried. This item was enjoyable, filling, and worth trying.
I tried to get Yusuf to write down the actual names of these items, but he would not.
Regardless, just call a day ahead, tell him you want the special order meat samosas and the deep fried eggs and pick up the next day.
Again, these items are not knock you on your ass great but worth trying.
The masoor pulav is only $2, and may be the best meal value in the city (did RST already say this?). Anyway, pulav is like biryani, but the chicken is ground, and lentils are mixed in. The ground chicken adds additional moistness and the lentils a nice toothsome resistance to your molars.
I think I will move on now to eat everything at the other snack shops. Suggestions?
Is there a word for eating everything on the menu at a restaurant?
Hilal Chat House
2305 W. Devon
Chicago, Il 60659