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The Indian Chinese dilemma

bennyt | Aug 24, 2007 11:38 AM

I am so intrigued by the culinary possibilites of Indian Chinese-style cuisine; but I have yet to be impressed by any of the restaurants I've tried (which to this point are: Tangra Masala in Elmhurst, Tangra in Sunnyside, and Royal Indian Oasis in Flushing). There are a few other places of which I am aware but have not yet tried (e.g., Chilli Chicken, Nanking, Talk of the Town in Jackson Heights, a place I passed yesterday on Queens Blvd., Chinese Mirch in Manhattan, etc.), so I hate to judge based on my limited amount of data- yet Tangra Masala is widely considered to be the best of these places, and it seems to me that in many dishes, one finds the worse elements of both cuisines - there is a distinct tendency toward greasy, bland (unless you douse it with the hot sauce and Indian pickle), heavy, and deep-fried food. Once the novelty of the "Indian-Chinese" thing wears off, I find myself thinking that the food is pretty mediocre.

I am in Queens and have access to excellent South Asian food (e.g., Spicy Mina, on a good night) and excellent Chinese food (e.g., Spicy and Tasty); am I best just enjoying these cuisines on their own, or is there some Indian Chinese place that will blow me away?

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