The Telegraph
Sunday , June 29 , 2014
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Chinese chomp

Spicy Schezwan to mild Cantonese, there’s something for every taste bud at the Chinese Food Festival, part of Super City Carnival presented by The Telegraph and City Centre. More than a lakh foodies braved the rains and the humidity to feast on the fare served by 10 outlets at the Salt Lake mall. The festival is on 1pm to 9pm on Sunday

Raveena Valecha and Swastik Chandra had a great time feasting. “These Chicken Drumsticks from The Grub Club are amazing,” said Raveena, a third-year BCom student at Shri Shikshayatan College before rushing off to get more food from Wasabee.

City Centre Salt Lake is where friends Atreyee Biswas and Debalina Sengupta hang out on most weekends. This Friday, they parked themselves on the stairs next to the tram at the Salt Lake mall and feasted on Chowmein and Schezwan Chicken Combo from The Grub Club. “This is tasty and also value for money,” said the Barasat residents.

Bony from Chittagong and Pushpita from Dhaka completed their engineering courses at NIT Durgapur recently and were ready to pack their bags for Bangladesh but decided to stop in Calcutta only for the Chinese Food Festival. Even the showers couldn’t keep the two away. “The Sapo Fish from Shanghai Street is quite different. We liked the sauce,” said Pushpita while Bony’s favourite was the Bubble Tea from Buddha’s Light.

Mousumi Mukherjee and daughter Debashrita love eating Chinese. The two tried Crispy Chilli Baby Corn and Shanghai Style Noodle Mixed from Shanghai Street. “The food's really good,” said Debashrita, a second-year engineering student whose favourite is pan-fried noodles. Mother Mousumi also cooks Chinese at home

Medical student Shoubhik Chandra enjoyed the Spicy Honey Chicken from The Grub Club. “It’s hot and freshly prepared, very tasty,” said Shoubhik

A piece of Chicken Drumstick was enough to make little Urmi giggle with glee. The Class II student came with her mother and brother to sample the Chinese fare “they had heard about but never had”. The family began with The Grub Club and moved on to Wasabee

Baguiati resident Subrata Ghosh is a foodie and never misses any food festival presented by The Telegraph. “It is a fantastic concept of getting different restaurants in one place and letting people enjoy the food. I have taken photographs of the stalls and the food on offer to share on Facebook,” said the bank executive

Two-year-old Titi (“little” in Chinese) is a Brazil fan and now a fan of Chinese Bubble Tea too. The drink from Buddha’s Light is “a favourite of kids in particular”, smiled mom Gloria as cousin Megan looked on

Text by Sibendu Das and Shweta Keshri,
Pictures by B. Halder