Friday, March 12, 2010

Chilli Pepper House @ Vancouver

A and I love hooot and spicy food. The kind of spice that makes your head itch, your tongue crave for some ice chips, and then you look around and gesture to the waiter for more water..... Just kidding. We love spice but not the kind that has after effects. We relate hot and spicy food to Indo Chinese cuisine. Seattle, has only one, Bamboo Garden, but Vancouver has many. A trip to Vancouver is considered complete only after the said food is consumed and relished. So,on our drive back, after the Winter Olympics, we stopped at Chilli Pepper House in Surrey.

It was just another restaurant. Some tables.No bar. Asian waitress. The manager looked Asian  too, but was fluent in Hindi. The menu had lots of Vegetarian options.I scanned the menu, made big eyes whenever I read the words "Paneer" "Chilli" "Garlic" "Spicy", let out a tiny squeal and looked at A, who shot back a look as if to say "We can only pick two!". We ordered the Gobi Manchurian (dry) and Chilli PaneerA told the waitress, "Make it many? 5 stars? Yes, make it 5 stars." The waitress, not sure of A's spice levels, brought us a spice rack on top of the 5 stars.She had some trouble understanding the "dry" part of the Manchurian. To avoid any disaster, we told her to get the regular Manchurian.

Gobi Manchurian came. It looked good, but was kind of cold. Or least, was not hot enough.We told the waitress to heat it a little more and she stomped back to the kitchen swearing something under her breath.
Then, Gobi manchurian (aka Cauliflower Manchurian) came back, nice and hot. I would describe it as Golden fried cauliflower florets in a mildly spiced soy garlic sauce cooked with fresh cilantro, celery, chilies, ginger & green onions.It was excellent.

The Chilli Paneer was fantastic. Basically, it is Indian cheese fried to perfection and tossed with green bell peppers, onions, chilies, ginger and garlic.We ordered rice on the side.


We loved the food and will go back for more, sometime soon. They have another branch on Kingsway, which is also great!

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