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I'Qulah veggie patties--amazing

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I'Qulah veggie patties--amazing

JC | Sep 19, 2003 11:55 AM

I took Brooklyn Boy's advice and headed out to I'Qulah at 164-07 89th Avenue in Jamaica to try the veggie patties he was raving about. It's true--they are the best patties anywhere. I can't even describe how perfect the texture of the pastry is. Flaky, crumble, firm, with a nice curried veggie filling. A Jamaican woman came in and insisted on getting two burnt patties. She just kept mumbling that the burnt ones are the best. It made me wonder.

Brooklyn Boy, you suggested I compare the food to Imhotep in Brooklyn on Nostrand Avenue. The I'Qulah combo plate was great. It seemed to be an assortment of curried veggie goat and curried veggie chicken and so on, with veggies and rice. I loved it, but my only complaint was that the flavors were all very similar. One curry was a little sweet and another one was a little mustardy, if that's possible. But it was all good and very satisfying.

Imhotep is worth a try if you like your veggie Carribean food a little more varied. The flavors are bold for sure. One dish I remember featured big slabs of seitan or wheat gluten with a rich tamarind or molasses sweetened sauce, along with curried dishes too. And they make a vegan Vanilla Cake at Imhotep that is one of the best vegan desserts I've ever tried. FYI, I admit that I'm a big fan of Veggie Castle on Church Avenue in Flatbush as well. There they give you eight or ten different items in your combo plate, so I love the variety. I don't always enjoy places where everything is curried this or that.

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