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Sun Shine, Lao Bei Feng, Minangasli, Cholados

Luther | Jun 9, 200812:52 PM

* Ordered haleem, nihari, chana masala, naan and samosa at Sun Shine on Northern Blvd near 69 St. This place is open 24 hours and is like a cafeteria with a cooler where you can select refrigerated curries to be heated up for you. They have a couple tandoors behind the counter and make fresh breads to order. They also fried samosas to order. I thought the food was fantastic. The haleem is really goopy and delicious and has tender shreds of meat in it. The nihari contains 1" meat cubes and has a great mace flavor. The chickpeas are assertively flavored with cumin and nicely salty. Fresh naan is good, though I wasn't blown away by the flavor.

The real star of the show was the freshly made samosa, which is a serious flavor explosion bursting with whole corriander seeds.

The food comes with green chili raita and a complimentary plate of fridgy-tasting salad. Counter service is friendly and helpful.

* Got a bowl of hand-pulled noodles (beef stew soup flavor) and some boiled and fried dumplings at Lao Bei Feng on Whitney Av in Elmhurst. The owner is a really friendly guy and is fun to watch. Noodles are nicely bouncy and the beef is good (especially the tendon part). The fried dumplings were greasy and a bit dry tasting, but I liked the boiled dumplings.

* Went next door to Minangasli and got some ayam goreng, a shrimp dish, and jackfruit curry. The owner came out multiple times and warned us away from the goreng chili sauce, saying it would be too spicy... but it wasn't really all that spicy. The food was generally delicious. We also had a bag of the shrimp chip looking things on the wall. They taste like roasted garlic... I'm not sure what's in them. But if you hold one on your tongue, it crackles like Pop rocks.

* A "regular" $5 cholado at El Palacio de los Cholados on Northern Blvd was very satisfying in the hot weather.

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