Old China is a small food counter located in the food court called Bytes in the Infinity Benchmark building just opposite BarbQ Nation, Salt Lake Sector 5. Since the ages of yore, the relationship between the Bengali palate and Chinese cuisine has been pretty significant, so much so that we have Indo-Chinese food stalls and trucks in all almost every alley that’s famous for food. In terms of a small food joint in the food court, this stall is doing pretty well for itself, but there is always scope for some improvements. Team panch phoron was invited to taste a new menu that was launched in the restaurant. Beautifully decorated dishes were laid out in front of us.
The dishes which were there are as follows: Steamed Chicken with Vegetables, Cocktail Fish Fry, Butter Prawn, Tai Pan Baby Corn, Paneer Takay, Veg Hakka Noodles, Egg Chilli Garlic Fried Rice, Chilli Chicken, Veg Garlic Hakka Noodles, Hot Garlic Fish and Schezwan Prawn.
Location: Located at Bytes Food Court, Infinity Benchmark Building, Salt Lake, Sector-V
Price: Meal for Two would cost you around INR 500-550/-
1. Steamed Chicken with Vegetables.
Steamed Chicken with Vegetables
This is an ideal dish for those who are into healthy eating. its filling and it strikes the perfect balance between your boiled food and spicy food. The blanched vegetables and spicy sauces balance each other really well.
2. Cocktail Fish Fry.
Cocktail Fish Fry
Bengalis and their love for the fish fry are eternal. Small pieces of bhetki, nicely seasoned and then deeply fried to perfection. Uh-uh, what can be better than that? The fish was fresh and the coating on it was absolutely on point. This came with three different kinds of dips.The next set of appetizers were then rolled in. Six big pieces of Tiger prawns marinated and seasoned with garlic, onion, and herbs then coated with a thin layer of batter. It was kind of perfect, but personally, I prefer fried prawns without the tail part of it. My favorite of the appetizers were the Tai Pan Baby Corn and the Paneer Takay. While the baby corn was almost like the ones you usually have in most of the eateries except for one thing…. the use of spices, it wasn’t the usual tangy version that we usually get in most of the restaurants. The Paneer Takay, on the other hand, was something similar to a dry version of the paneer tikka masala, but with less masala (spices). The paneer takay was presented beautifully.
For the main course we had the vegetable Hakka noodles, Egg chili garlic fried rice, veg garlic Hakka noodles, chili chicken, hot garlic fish, schezuan prawn. The noodles were prepared in a very standard way with fresh vegetables and less oil. Among the wok-tossed noodles that we had, the most favorite of mine was the chili garlic Hakka noodles. it was spicy and tangy, just the way I prefer my noodles. The side dishes too were great and had fresh ingredients. The best of the lot was the schezuan prawn where big Pieces of tiger prawn deep fried and cooked in a thick gravy with dry chilies and chopped onions. Prawns were fresh and nicely cooked. The Hot Garlic Fish used big strips of fish were marinated in a light batter and fried and then cooked in a mild gravy with freshly chopped garlic in it and garnished with spring onions. The fish was fresh and tasty.
Hot Garlic Fish
This place is one gem that serves tasty as well as pocket-friendly food. The dishes are moderately priced and pretty decent in taste.
Thanks to ‘OLD CHINA’ for inviting Team Panchphoron over. Thank you ‘Mr. Rajdeep Bhattacharjee (Gourmets Travel Guide)’ for the Invitation and guiding us through your experience. Do give this place a try and have a good time.