11 Awesome Chindian Dishes That Don’t Even Exist In China

  • 11 Awesome Chindian Dishes That Don’t Even Exist In China
  • 11 Awesome Chindian Dishes That Don’t Even Exist In China
11 Awesome Chindian Dishes That Don’t Even Exist In China

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As true blue Delhiites, we do love our Chindian staples. Whether it’s a plate of spicy chilli chicken or honey chilli potatoes, we would always be up to get a plate or two of these delicious treats. But, these dishes aren’t actually Chinese, per se. These are our own versions of Chinese food in India that we’ve been eating for years and years now, thanks to the Chinese community that settled in Tangra, Kolkata all those years ago.

11 Awesome Chindian Dishes That Don’t Even Exist In China 11 Awesome Chindian Dishes That Don’t Even Exist In China
11 Awesome Chindian Dishes That Don’t Even Exist In China
11 Awesome Chindian Dishes That Don’t Even Exist In China
  1. Sweet & Sour Chicken - In China, one can find a version of the sweet and sour sauce. Although, it is mostly used with fish and seafood instead of meat like chicken or pork. It is a lot less sweet and doesn’t have as much cornflour in the gravy. And it’s probably also not bright orange or neon pink.
  2. Chop Suey - The chop suey may use some Chinese methods, but it is entirely American. Apparently, the dish can be traced to California during the time of the Gold Rush when the dish was invented to satisfy drunk miners. The chefs at these Chinese restaurants would put together with leftovers and douse it in soy sauce.
  3. Chow Mein - China has a version of this with boiled noodles, veggies, scrambled eggs, and soya sauce. But here in India, we add more soya sauce than is required and make it super spicy with green and red chillies and whatnot.
  4. Chilli Chicken - Chilli chicken is this delicious appetiser that we’ve come to love. We give it with a soya sauce and ginger marinade, then give it this slightly sweet and spicy coating. There’s also a dry version to this. Some people even add honey to it to make it tastier.
  5. Manchurian - A Chinaman actually introduced this in Mumbai way back in 1975. He’s probably the reason why we love this dish so much. Manchurian is made with garlic, ginger, soya sauce, chillies, and is made with vegetables, chicken, and even paneer, cauliflower, and fish.
  1. Spring Rolls - These are supposed to be Cantonese dumplings that are meant to welcome spring. They’re not supposed to be fried, but we do it anyway and serve them as party snacks.
  2. Manchow Soup - Chinese dishes don’t absolutely have to have soya sauce, but we go ahead and add it anyway. This soup also is flavoured with ginger, and it is usually cooked with vegetables or meat. It’s delicious, no doubt, but it’s not Chinese.
  3. Chilli Potatoes & Paneer - Just like chilli chicken, you get chilli potatoes and chilli paneer. In our country, we just absolutely have to have a vegetarian alternative to everything, and it is mostly either paneer or potatoes. You’ll be sad to know that people in China don’t have this on their menu ever.
  4. Schezwan Sauce - Schezwan sauce sounds Chinese, but it really is not. You add soy sauce and ginger to anything, it starts tasting like Chinese food, apparently. And so we use it liberally as a gravy dish for noodles, and also as a flavouring for bhelpuri.
  5. Darsaan - You get this in restaurants and it’s super easy to make. But, these flattened egg noodles that are deep-fried and coated with honey and sesame and then served with ice cream are sooo not Chinese.
  6. Fried Rice - As Indians, we sure do love adding oil to everything and frying food. In China, you get steamed rice with lots of vegetables, but here, we fry it with copious amounts of soy sauce. After all, it’s not Chinese if it doesn’t have soy sauce, no?
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