Chanda Dutt is serving up her Khow Suey again
Chanda Dutt is known for her delicious, hot bowl of comfort food — Burmese Khow Suey — all the way from Myanmar, formerly called Burma, a place she grew up in. What started as pop-ups for close friends and family at her Beniapukur home, soon translated into a restaurant in Golpark, four years back. She shut shop in 2018, only to stage a comeback — of course with her much-loved Khow Suey — in a takeaway format at the same address from where it all began.
With friends, family and two pups as attendees, December 22 saw the launch Chanda’s Khaukswey Takeaway.
Born and raised in Burma, Burmese cuisine is in Chanda Dutt’s “blood”. “We lived in Burma for three generations and the everyday food was a mix of Burmese and Bengali. After coming to Calcutta we started missing Burmese food so much that I decided to learn it myself and not bother mummy regularly. Whatever I cooked at home for myself, I would take it to school as I was a schoolteacher. My lunch was shared by my colleagues and they loved it. So when I was about to retire, they suggested that I do something with my passion for Burmese cooking,” said Chanda.
The pop-ups were her “testing ground”. “I knew that there were no other restaurants serving only Burmese cuisine. My pop-ups became a hit. After that I went straight into restaurant business serving only Burmese food. The restaurant had a lot of issues and I wasn’t making much profit out of it. So, I decided to fold it up and do home delivery. As I started doing home delivery, the demand also increased. My loyal customers requested me saying, ‘Chandadi, please open a place where we can enjoy a hot bowl of Khow Suey’. So I kept that in mind and that is how this place came up.”
The Telegraph was one of the invitees to taste the delicacies, an offer we couldn’t resist. Situated in the front porch of the house, the takeaway counter comes with tables for those who may choose to take a break over a piping hot bowl of the speciality dish.
There’s a lot more on the menu like Fried Chickpea Tofu, Chilli Pork and Chilli Chicken.