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For over 100 years, India has enjoyed the rich, spicy and delicious food of China that was brought to the country by the Chinese migrants, generally of Hakka origin, who came to Kolkata for work. As well as enjoying these unique oriental flavours, the Indian population soon realised that they could be combined with some of India's most loved dishes, spices and sauces to create a unique Indo-Chinese fusion cuisine.
Enjoying Indo-Chinese food is a popular pastime across India, and Kolkata's very own Chinatown is a testament to the country's passion for these superb dishes. At the Carlton Lounge, we serve a selection of some of the finest Indo-Chinese dishes, allowing our guests to experience this style of cuisine, often for the first time, and introducing them to a whole new world of flavour combinations.
Our guests will experience a combination of Indian spices, such as cumin, coriander seeds and turmeric, paired with the finest Chinese hot chillies, ginger, garlic and sesame seeds. However, that is not to say that any Indo-Chinese dishes can be considered to represent traditional Indian food, nor traditional Chinese food. The methods of cooking have developed in their own unique way and for that reason, it is unlike any other cuisine found around the world.
The UK is known for its love of great Indian and Chinese food, so we're here to show you that you really can have the best of both worlds. Here are 5 of our top picks of Indo-Chinese dishes that you simply must try on your next visit.
This dish is a guaranteed crowd pleaser and one of the most popular Indo-Chinese dishes. Also available as a vegetarian option, the Chicken Manchurian dish includes fried pieces of diced chicken, marinated in a sweet and salty, thick brown gravy.
Although we can't share our secret recipe to make the best Chicken Manchurian, we can give you a little taste of how this classic dish is prepared:
This popular dish is a mildly spicy starter of chicken cooked in sugar, red chilli and soya sauce. Szechuan dishes always include the added ingredient of Szechuan pepper, which leaves a slight tingly numbness in the mouth. In this dish, we add just enough to give the meal its signature flavour.
Beginners can follow the below recipe for a standard version of Chicken Szechuan:
This mouth-wateringly good recipe takes the Indian fresh cheese, paneer, and adds a spicy Chinese twist. Although this dish can come in Indo-Chinese gravy, we love the snack to be dry, tossed with onions, peppers a splash of soya sauce and flavoursome five spices. Caution: it's moreish!
It couldn't be easier to try making your own Chilli Paneer at home, with only a few fresh ingredients needed for a basic recipe.
Many popular dishes in Indo-Chinese cuisine are referred to as 'chilli', which indicates the cooking style of the main ingredient. When you see this on the menu, it means that it is fried in batter and cooked with chilli pepper. This dish serves crispy fried lamb, sautéed with diced onions, pepper, Chinese five spice and our very own special homemade chilli sauce.
Here's how to try a Lamb Chilli Pepper dish at home:
Hakka noodles are a staple of Indo-Chinese cuisine and are great served alongside almost any dish. We always recommend good helpings of Hakka noodles and fried rice for our guests to enjoy with their meals, and the empty plates are a sure sign that they go down a treat.
To make a simple Hakka noodle dish, follow this guide:
For a taste of true Indo-Chinese flavours and the finest recipes prepared by our chefs, visit the Carlton Lounge and sample any of these mouth-watering dishes from our menu. Contact us today to secure your reservation in our VIP dining area.