FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Indian Chinese food?
Generally speaking, Chinese Indian food is characterized by its ingredients – Indian vegetables and spices, along with a heavy amount of strong and pungent Chinese sauces, thickening agents, and oil. Everything is then stir-fried in a wok. Indian Chinese food adopts Chinese culinary styles and then adds spices and flavors that are familiar to the Indian palate.
When did Chinese food start in India?
It is said that about 85 years ago, the Indian culinary world was mesmerized by a new cuisine. This happened when the first Indo-Chinese restaurant, the “Eau Chew” opened in Kolkata.
Where did Indian Chinese food originate?
Kolkata. Indian Chinese cuisine originated in India and is a uniquely South Asian phenomenon. The cuisine is drastically different from the usual Cantonese Chinese cuisine available elsewhere. Towards the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th Century, Hakka-speaking Chinese immigrated to the eastern Indian city of Kolkata and from there started the history of Indian Chinese, or simply “Chinese food”.
Why is Chinese food so famous in India?
With all its rice and gravy-based dishes, Chinese food is the ideal combination of foreign yet familiar flavors for Indians. So, for many, eating Chinese food taps into the nostalgia of growing up in India at a time when dining out was very different from the way it is today.
Is Indian Chinese food authentic?
Indian Chinese food is a reinterpretation or spin-off or twist of the authentic cuisine from Sichuan, China, in that it's soaked in Indian flavors, spices and herbs. It is a fusion of two cultures and a proud testament to Indian hospitality!