Most South Asians in New England rave about Chinese Mirch – a midtown restaurant in New York that serves Indian Chinese and I am thrilled it has recently opened up a branch in Boston – well, Framingham.
To explain why one should leave Chinatown to go to Framingham for Chinese food, I have to digress:
As everyone knows, Chinese food tastes different in every part of the world and India is no different. As a child in Calcutta, Chinese food was a family favorite and we would haunt restaurants like Peiping, Jimmy’s Kitchen and New Embassy for favorites like asparagus soup, chow mien, chop suey, chilli chicken and prawn balls on a weekly basis. Calcutta’s Chinatown Tangra was known for serving delicious street side dimsum and fresh home-cooked seafood including crabs and giant prawns at ridiculously affordable prices.
A move across the country took me to Bombay where it took me awhile to grow a liking for the very different Manchow soup and chicken lollipops.
Another move to Boston took me a whole year to even like the taste of hot and sour soup, crab rangoons, General Gau’s and scallion pancakes.
So it’s no wonder that I , and many others like me who crave the nostalgic taste of their hometown Chinese food, rejoice at the opening of Chinese Mirch in the area and crave the familiar chicken corn soup, gobi manchurian, chilli chicken and hakka noodles there.
A recent Friday night dinner there included a half-hour wait with many other anxious Indian families after reservations but left our souls satisfied.
We got started with chicken lollipop ($9) and crispy okra ($9) both very fresh and crunchy with divided bowls of sweet corn chicken, hot and sour chicken and chicken manchow soups ($5 per bowl) and they will customise 2-into-3 or 1-into-2 Indian-style if you want to share!
We also ate the chili chicken gravy ($11) with egg fried rice ($10), crispy Szechuan lamb ($16.50) with veg hakka noodles ($9) and the sweet and sour prawns ($16.50) with steamed white rice ($2). Oh and don’t forget to try the masala soda – a hugely popular street drink in Calcutta that aids digestion – but is spicy!
All of it was fresh, tasty and comparable to generic Chinese food back home. Guess I’ll have to head to Framingham more often!
140 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01702
Lunch: Tue–Fri 11:30 am–3 pm; Sat–Sun 11:30am
Dinner: Tue–Fri 5:30 – 10 pm; Sat–Sun 5:30am – 10/10:30 pm