Sherman's Food Adventures: Asian Spice

Asian Spice

Having recently just dined on Southern Indian cuisine, I met up with Toolman today for some Chinese Indian cuisine at Asian Spice. This particular cuisine is popular in Calcutta where there is a substantial Chinese population. Many of these Chinese originated from Hakka and Canton. Essentially, the cuisine is unmistakeably Chinese with the addition of Indian spices. Hakka Masti and Green Lettuce are 2 other Chinese Indian restaurants along Scott Road. Much like all the other restaurants in the area, there are lunch specials at Asian Spice. For $6.50, you get a choice of entree, rice, and soup or pop. We decided to order 3 meals and share.

10 minutes into our meal, we were surrounded by L.A. Matheson students like a swarm of locusts. Apparently, they take advantage of the specials during their lunch hour. Mind you, they ate and left within 10 minutes. I've never seen people eat a plate of food that fast before. I had once called in to Asian Spice inquiring about their hours and the lady did warn me this happens every lunch hour. So the tip here is to not come here until after 11:45am. However, I didn't really have a choice since my lunch hour is at the same time.

Toolman and I ordered the Chili Prawns, Manchurian Beef and Singapore Fried Noodles. To start, we had the Hot & Sour Soup. This is one of the spiciest hot and sour soups I've ever had. Since I like spice, I really enjoyed it, despite the colour being a bright orange-red. Toolman took the entire meal to finish his, he thought it was a bit too spicy. The fried noodles were pretty standard, which is actually a good thing. It looked and tasted how it should be and that's an achievement for restaurants located out here. Overall, it was pretty mild with plenty of egg, shrimp, onions, cabbage and peppers. The beef dish was slightly disappointing. It was a bit bland and completely overwhelmed by the taste of cilantro. I'm not sure why restaurants use so much cilantro because it is very pungent. A little goes a long way. On the other hand, the chili prawns were fabulous. The sauce had just the right amount of heat. The prawns were big and cooked perfectly. The sauce went really well with the rice.

Toolman and I thought that the lunch specials were a an excellent value. Moreover, the dishes are a slight departure from the usual. Coupled this with good service, Asian Spice is a decent place to go for spicy food.

The Good:
- Inexpensive
- Flavours are bold
- Friendly service

The Bad:
- Flavours are bold (for those who like mild food)
- Invasion of high school students during lunch

Business Hours:
11:00am - 10:00pm (Mon - Thu)
11:00am - 10:30pm (Fri)
12:00pm - 10:30pm (Sat)
12:00pm - 10:00pm (Sun)

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Anonymous said...

Hahahaha invasion of highschool students! Yep, those would be kids from my school! ^_^
haven't gone to asian yet...

Pan_Chaud said...

This is Chinese food with Indian spices right? It makes no sense that you then complain about cilantro in the dish. As an Indian we love cilantro, garlic, ginger, and hot spicy food.

Its like eating Italian food and complaining about olive oil garlic and parmesan cheese.

Sherman said...

That is true Pan_Chaud, but you have to realize it's my own personal opinion. And besides, we can have Italian food and complain that there was too much Parmesan or eat Chinese food and say they used too much green onion. Just because they use it doesn't mean they have to overdo it. Otherwise, I do realize that Hakka food and Indian Chinese food are more bold in flavours. I did mention that at the end.