Category Archives: Indian

Indian Snack Time

Viik’s Chaat Corner on Fourth Street in Berkeley has been claimed by some to be one of the best Indian food spots in the East Bay. I was excited to try this place out not only because it has been highly acclaimed but also because I had never really tried Indian snacks besides curry puffs and samosas.

Batata Puri

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What is batata puri? To this day, I do not know. Pictures on Yelp made it look deceptively warm and savoury, but this appetizer is actually slightly sweet and cold due to the cold yogurt on top of the deep fried thing. I still do not know what I think of this.

I also ordered something a little more familiar to me — the lamb samosa.

Lamb Samosa

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My favourite out of the three appetizers I ordered was the masala dosa. This savoury crepe has delicious potato fillings and gravy on the side.

Masala Dosa

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The vast array of vibrant and colorful Indian sweets looked very appealing and I intend on trying some of these the next time I come to Viik’s. This place is also connected to an Indian convenience store in which I spent a good amount of time browsing Indian snacks, spices and ingredients.

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This place isn’t too bad at all but I think this place is a little overrate. However, it is my words against people who grew up in India. Perhaps my palate for Indian food has — unfortunately — been Americanized and I am too content with chicken tikka masala.

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Eating at Mt Everest

And by Mt Everest, I mean my favourite Indian restaurant in Berkeley. Definitely not as cool as eating on the highest mountain ever but eating here was still a good experience. Customers get to choose their level of spiciness for their dishes and I love how their spiciness scale is nearly always true to my expectations.

So here we got the usual Chicken Tikka Masala and Lamb Karahi, and not to mention their garlic naans.

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All that was good but what blew me away were the Chicken Momos. “Chicken what?” you ask. That was my initial reaction too and we took a bit of a risk ordering a side we had never really heard of albeit not completely unfamiliar. Chicken Momos are basically Nepalese chicken dumplings and as much as I hate to say this, I think they are better than regular Chinese dumplings. The chicken stuffings are just so juicy and delicious, and the Momos come with great sauce on the side.

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Looks like our leap of faith paid off 🙂

Roti Roti Roti

This time masquerading as noodles, served Mee Mamak style.

Roti Norbi @ C.A Ahmed, Brunei

This was my first time trying it and I found it a very interesting dish. Basically, it is a cross between roti and mee mamak. The roti is shredded to smaller pieces and they almost taste like rice noodles but with a more layered texture, and it is later stir fried like you would your mee mamak. Pour some curry sauce over this hybrid dish and there you have sitting in front of you a sinfully delicious meal.

Roti Returns

Roti Set @ Nadj Restaurant, Brunei

Once again, tea time consisted of roti, this time accompanied by chickpeas, chicken curry, potatoes and sardines. Roti is starting to become a staple in my diet — I could not help but cave in to my cravings for roti telur multiple times this week at UBD Residential Core.

Roti Telur @ UBD Core Food Court, Brunei

I think I am eating too much roti in one week.

Tea Time

No scones or biscuits for afternoon tea. Satu roti telur please 🙂

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I miss everything about this Indian pancake — its soft and chewy texture, its tissue-like layers, and the egg sandwiched in the middle. No doubt that I will be hunting for more of this outside of WYWY. Perhaps House of Curry in Lambak as my next roti stop?

Indian Indulgence

Zaika at University Avenue is officially my favourite Indian restaurant in Berkeley.

I had their $8.99 lunch buffet which was a great source of comfort food after an exhausting move-in day.Several food items that stood out to me were the tandoori chicken (so tender and juicy!), butter chicken and curry chicken. The buffet also came with refillable basket of naans and hot chai tea.

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This restaurant slash sports bar has a slight upscale feel to it and I felt a bit out of place amongst people in blazers and work wear. I am definitely coming back here for their buffet, probably in something better than a sweaty T-shirt and pyjama bottoms.