Day 12: Getting Mirch’d @ Chinese Mirch.
I’d been in the mood for Indian lately and when I heard about Chinese Mirch melding Chinese and Indian flavors together, I was intrigued. In gray rainy days as these, people are more inclined to order in, therefore food trucks are less inclined to operate. When I got to 47th and Park, I was met with a line about 10 deep braving the stormy weather to get their StreetGrub on! See for yourself.
I asked Vik for my usual and got a chicken momo over rice bowl. A momo is simply a handrolled pan-fried dumpling. The dumpling was good, thin skin – just how I like it, and the filling was tasty – ground chicken, scallions, cabbage, and a seasoning of Indian curry, all brought together with a nice kick. I had to bring lunch indoors due to the rain, and in the 10 or so minutes it took, the pan-seared bottoms of the dumplings had absorbed all of the sauce from the rice, so it unfortunately lost all of its crisp.
The rice was of the long grain bismati variety, which I absolutely love, and had that nice firm quality I look for. It was coated with a sauce of garlic, cabbage, green peppers, peas and red onion, and was delicious! The ingredients were very Chinese, but the heat and that slight curry flavor made things bold and exciting, and inherently Indian. It was familiar, yet foreign, and to bring the two different profiles together in one bowl made my tastebuds happy. I thought I’d for sure pick one side it most identified with (Chinese or Indian) but I really couldn’t. I felt as if I’d walked into an Indian restaurant, and the chef decided to cook me his version of a Chinese meal. After the challenge, I’m definitely paying them a visit in their Flatiron location to sample the rest of their menu.