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Food Sharada Chinese bandi is popular for its Indianised fare

Local flavourChinese Bandi at Jubilee HillsPhoto: SATISH. H
Local flavourChinese Bandi at Jubilee HillsPhoto: SATISH. H

How about going to a ‘cool’ Chinese bandi for some chicken 65, schezwan chicken, chilli chicken and an unlimited list on the menu?

Well, the menu is unlimited because here no one hands out a printed menu nor is anything written or pasted on the red tin box with the colourful dragon drawn on it. The menu comes like a non stop single breath chant from the boys who are quick to recognise their customers or gauge the hungry look as one approaches this bandi on a car or a two-wheeler.

Situated on Road no 12, Jubilee Hills Sharada Chinese bandi is a favourite with many youngsters. So much so that they go dressed as if to eat at fancy eateries, but land at Sharada. What’s good about this place is the man who runs the bandi makes sure that they are not a traffic hazard.

And within minutes of placing the order the food placed on thin disposable plastic sheets on plates reach your car. Served with fine and coarse onion rings and lemon wedges, suggesting that the lemon be squeezed over the food and relished to get a tangy, spicy, salty local Chinese concoction.

And what seems to be popular here? All the chicken preparations which have a negligible coating of thin arrowroot powder and is juicy despite being fried.

Another favourite here is the schezwan noodles and rice. Tossed over a high flame with curry leaves and enough green chillies, the red noodles are enough to make Kylie Kwong (a Chinese food expert/presenter in a travel Channel) speechless about ‘My China.’

Also a must have here is the chilli chicken with lemon and chopped green chillies, to be picked up with toothpicks. Sharada also provides chilled drinking water and choice of aerated drinks with no extra cost.

PRABALIKA M. BORAH

Where : Road no 12, Jubilee Hills

What : All Chinese dishes with a spicy and Indian taste

When : From 12 noon onwards

Cost: More than a happy meal for Rs. 200 for two

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