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Indian touch to Chinese fare

At Wang's Kitchen, Ashok Nagar, it is Chinese cuisine with an Indian flavour. What's more, there's a home delivery service and party catering too.

THE PROBLEM with most Indians is they are not great sales people. If it were the U.S. or Europe, as soon as a wise guy thought up an idea, it would be patented and peddled as something original. Look what happened to our Basmati rice and turmeric.

Scepticism and trepidation, I confess, were foremost in my mind when I first heard of Wang's Kitchen. The franchisee outlets vary so much in quality and my earlier outings to some other branches of the same chain weren't all that enjoyable. Gladly, the outlet at 10/1, Fourth Avenue, Ashok Nagar (on Dr. Ambedkar Salai) has wiped the slate clean for me.

The white cedar theme of the restaurant is easy on the eye. Simple and pleasant describe the ambience. The menu too reflects this. There is no exotic surprise here. It is ordinary, please-all variety of fast food.

The all-time favourites spring roll, chicken lollypop, sweet corn soup, dragon chicken, chicken manchurian, hakka lamb and crispy chilli lamb are there. We plunged into wonderland of fries with crispy fried hot potato (Rs.60). It was not bad at all. The next one was the weakest link on the menu, baby corn garden soup (Rs.45), a glutinous mass with a liberal dose of garlic slivers and diced baby corn.

King land vegetables (Rs.90) and prawns pepper salt (Rs.110) were tasty. The first was a medley of diced vegetables in mild gravy while the other, another corn flour dipped fry.

Sliced beef with leeks (Rs.80) was again quite satisfactory though spring onions turned out to the promised leeks. The staples chosen were mee hoon veg (Rs.75) and ginger garlic fried rice. The rice noodles were far more interesting than the rice.

For dessert, there was a choice of date pancake, fried ice cream or ice katchang. It was date pancake for us and it happened to be a good choice. Even better was the fact that the dessert was on the house as the restaurant was celebrating its first anniversary.

Party catering and home delivery services are also available. For details, call 4724888 or 4832622.

MARIEN MATHEW

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