“To the ruler, the people are heaven; to the people, food is heaven.”
It’s difficult to pinpoint specific characteristics of Chinese food since the cuisine varies vastly depending on region. The north has a heavy use of black vinegar and flour. The south is a champion of rice dishes. Coastal cities love seafood. Inland provinces use land animals and a good amount of vegetation in their dishes.
Truly, if you invest the time, you can eat through all of China. Here’s our list of favorites
Chowman is a great option if you are interested to have Chinese food in Ballygunge area in Kolkata, possibly the best option available
The ambiance here is nice and well designed, dimmed light and with beautiful Chinese design wall papers and place is neat, clean and well maintained.
The food serve here is good authentic Chinese cuisine with wide spread of options in the menu.The quantity is decent and would not call it huge but just enough. The staff are well trained and recommends good choice of food if you get confused and willing to try something different than chilly chicken and fried rice.
The best part is pricing here is kept reasonable.
I would say overall its a great place for family and friends as they are reasonably priced however they should work on getting a bigger place.
Its location is ideal. It’s easy to miss and doesn’t exactly look inviting. You look through the window into what appears to be a living room.
Enter though, and out the back you’ll find a rather more welcoming space with a little laughing Buddha. It’s still very humble and no frills.
The extensive menu is a real treasure trove of authentic Chinese and, in the main, Szechuan cuisine.
The Dishes We Had :
Welcome Drinks :
Sweet and Salt Lime – A popular drink, is often served salty. Straight lime juice is too sour for many people, so sugar is always added, but the addition of salt as well makes the drink savory. And I loved it that way only. A perfect start for a hot sunny day meal.
Lemon Coriander Thick Soup – They say soups are best taken during the winters. I say, they are an all weather comfort food. Rain, sunshine or just cold winters, they are nourishing and can do wonders to your health & mood alike. That’s all the more reason to enjoy this delicious Lemon and Coriander Soup made with vitamin C rich ingredients like lemon, coriander and cabbage. The vegetable stock used in this dish has really made this this delicious along with shredded chicken in almost every spoon !
Crab Meat soup with egg drop and red chillies – Rich, creamy and filling, this effortless South-east Asian-style soup combines the superb flavour of fresh corn, crabmeat with coconut milk, chilli and lime with added chicken broth . Delicious! It’s so flavorful. I’m really in the mood for something spicy today.
Chicken in banana leaf – Cooking/ grilling in banana leaf is Asia’s interpretation. Grilling food wrapped in banana leaves is very popular in Asia as apart from the convenience of it all, banana leaves perfume the food with its’ distinct fragrance that is popular in both sweet and savoury dishes. Here Boneless chicken cutlets are marinated in Thai sweet chili sauces and Kaffir lime, spices, wrapped in aromatic banana leaves and fried until crisp and browned. These banana chicken nuggets are so flavorful they don’t need a dipping sauce and they are great as finger food. Dip was provided though !!
Fried Chili Squid – Hailing from a Bengali family, fish has always been an important delicacy in our cuisine. However not seafood! Squid is a very popular form of seafood in the Konkan and other coastal regions of India. In fact, it is well loved and appreciated in most seafood loving countries. Especially in Singapore squid is popular in the Peranakan and Chinese cooking styles. And they are indeed delicious too! The piquant and heavenly aroma of frying squid with the chili paste is enough to make me drool. The distinct aroma of the green chilies and shallow fried onion used in this dish is irreplaceable.
Cracker Prawn – Few sights are more appetite sparking than a heap of plump, golden fried prawn, their crunchy coating protecting the sweet tender meat beneath. Have the prawn, one by one and savor every bite. This is one dish that you are allowed to eat with your fingers! Crisp prawns, tangy lemon mayonnaise with onion Ring in top make a magical combination in this Thai inspired dish. You beauty. No once can eat just one !! The breadcrumb coating was not too thick and very light. I really liked this.
Honey Glazed Barbecue Spare Ribs – These grilled baby back ribs are basted in an addictive brown sugar glaze with a hint of heat from red chili powder and sesame seeds in top . I loved these ribs and I am not a huge fan of pork! Soooo good! These are outstanding!! Seriously, it’s like magic! And speaking of magic. The sauce. These might be the five most mouth-watering words in the English language; Honey Glazed Barbecue Spare Ribs. It’s like everything good in the world had a party, got on really well and decided to live together in peace and harmony in your mouth. I could not stop eating them.
Butter Garlic Fish – The fish tasted simple yet exquisite in its flavours and I must say I fell in love with garlic all over again. It is simple and light. What I loved best was the lovely flavours of the spring oinions and carrots that permeated into the fish along with the dominant flavours of butter and lightly toasted garlic. Yum is not the word! Try it to believe it!
Drunken Chicken – Drunken Chicken in Wine is a popular dish in Shanghainese restaurants. Drunken chicken is packed with flavour and I find it quite comforting. It’s a simple feel good dish. The chicken looks so mouthwatering and delicious. Everyone will enjoy, this delicious Drunken Chicken that’s flavored with mushroom, garlic, bell pepper and fresh vegetables. What a fantastic dish!! I LOVE the sounds of this and it looks amazing. Comfort food sure sounds right! YUM!
Sliced Pork in Cashew Nut, Bell Pepper & Spicy Chili – A Chinese-inspired one-pan supper with crunchy greens and nuts, and a rich chili and soy sauce. I would give this more stars if I could – It is so easy and so tasty. The ginger, garlic, cashew nuts & generous spread of pepper flakes has delivered a satisfying flavour. Salty and sweet with lots of crunch. Every ingredient gives off a unique dimension of crispiness. And that is what makes this dish so good.
Rice & Noodles :
Rice with Asian Greens – This dish produces fried rice with individual grains and is lightly seasoned to allow the flavor of the rice to shine. This Asian Vegetable Rice Bowl contains a sensational balance of flavors and textures. It’s a healthy way to fill up your tummy and treat your tastebuds to something new. Everything looks colorful and uplifting.
Sea Food Noodles – This look absolutely delicious! Mixed Seafood on Crispy Noodles is a Cantonese-style dish which I really love, and it is my favourite one-dish noodles meal. Who could resist a bowl of this? The combination of the crunchy noodles, sauce, and seafood is simply divine! Noodles are mixed in with real seafood such as squids, shrimps etc. and fresh vegetables such as onions, green onions etc. to compliment the spiciness of the basic flavour .
Nutty Crunch – A scoop of vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce along with crushed cashew nuts. Yum!! How have I never tasted this before?! That is crazy! You’ll want to get your paws on this flavor! This creamy vanilla ice creamis ribboned with a caramel swirl and tasty cashew crunch is really a sweet ending of love story.
Loved this place, this Asian inspired have really good chinese food. Some dishes were really mouthwatering ! In the beginning, the wonders of which spread so quickly, that on the very first day the restaurant opened in February, 2013, there was already a wait to get in. Considering that there are numerous other Szechuan restaurants in the neighboring communities, the Chowman dazzles. But then, so does the food.
Special Thanks to –
○ Ena Nanda, PR – Chowman, for the invitation and amazing hospitality.
○ Chef for providing us such a lovely experience of Steam Food
○ Rajdeep Bhattacharjee for leading us.
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