I am still finding a hard time pointing out what the word exactly means – all I know is that its meaning varies by use.
Desi Style Chinese Food is a cross between Indian Food and Chinese Food. I have heard lots about this cuisine before but I have not tried it until this trip.
Himalayan Hut is aptly named because we sampled dishes with Chinese, Indian, Nepalese and Bhutanese influences.
|The General Location of the Himalayas Mountain Range|
Upon seating, you will notice a jar of chili sauce. Adding this is entirely up to you. It is more of an invitation, not a warning.
To accommodate all clientele, they have two menus. The regular menu and the Desi Menu. The regular menu is more tongue-friendly. The dishes from this menu are adjusted to the American palate that is not used to the heat and the spice that they normally put in their dishes. Since we came here for authentic, we ordered everything from the Desi Menu.
|Hot and Sour Soup|
|Spoonful of Manchow Soup|
According to Wikipedia, Manchow Soup is a dark brown soup prepared with various vegetables, scallions, and chicken (in the non-vegetarian version only), thickened with stock and corn flour, and flavored with relatively generous doses of soy sauce, salt, garlic and chili peppers. It may also be garnished with chopped scallions.
|Pan Fried Chicken|
|Piece of Pan Fried Chicken|
|Desi Style Pan Fried Chicken|
|Small Green Chilies in the Desi Style Pan Fried Chicken|
Desi Style Pan Fried Chicken is not as crispy as the regular version. This one has a thick dark brown sticky sauce that boasts the complexity of sweet, salty and spicy tastes all rolled into one.
Noodles and Dumplings
|Shrimp Hakka Noodles|
|Ginger Chicken With Rice|
|Hot Garlic Fish with Rice|
The Mushroom Datsi is a Bhutanese Dish that consists of mushrooms, lots of green chillies and Amul Cheese. A possible winning drink pairing with this is alcohol. The dish's taste go from creamy to spicy and back.
Lastly, these dumplings were fluffy and light. Truly a sight to behold! Unravels like a cinnamon roll, there is no filling inside but the texture of these fluffy dough balls is just good!
I like that Himalayan Hut's interiors make you feel that you are inside a bamboo hut.
Sadly, the exteriors is not as inviting as the interiors. Now that you know what you are getting into – go ahead and have an authentic Himalayan meal.
75-18 37th Ave
Jackson Heights NY
718 426 6888
Special thanks to Jeff Orlick for organizing this wonderful Himalayan Expedition. I had a wonderful lunch with you, Jared Cohee and Elyaqim Mosheh Adam. Please visit their blogs.