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Punda Tibetan Restaurant in Sunnyside

Pookipichu | Mar 23, 201502:13 PM

A new Tibetan restaurant just opened up at 39-35 47th Ave., it was opened by a chef Tenzing Tsering, the owner of Gangjong restaurant.

Went to check it out for dinner, the place smells strongly of incense, the decor is spartan and the lighting is dim. The ratio of Tibetan monk to other is 5 to 1, maybe that's a good sign?

Beef momos looked unlike the round ones I usually see and looked more like Chinese jiaozi. Perfectly fine, but not as good as dumplings I'd get in Flushing or flavored as strongly as the momos at Phayul (I love the flavor of their momo filling). Comes with very sugary (too sweet) pickled cabbage and a chili sauce that is not pungent or hot enough.

Tried coriander chicken and chili chicken, both were meaty chunks of chicken, stir fried in a sauce. The coriander chicken was too mildly seasoned for me, i.e. not enough coriander flavor. The chili chicken was tastier, had some heat but was not quite spicy enough for me. Both had an almost general tso's chicken texture. Not unpleasant. They came with generous tingmo which were better than the ones I've had at Phayul (i.e. less stale). I need to try more dishes before I make any judgment but the place is interesting, full of monks and they've got a diverse menu of Tibetan, Chinese and Indian influenced dishes. Phayul has much more assertive spicing from what I've tried, but I have hopes for Punda because the chef is supposedly famous. We'll see how it evolves.

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