Try Chindian Cuisine
By Saleena Jafry
Alings is a local restaurant in Sugar Land serving Chinese Indian cuisine. It is a family-owned business started in 2010 and led by Chef Gary Yan, who is not just talented in the kitchen, but also very personable and provides top notch service to all his patrons. He is of Chinese descent, but was raised in Pune, India, and is fluent in both Hindi and Mandarin!
Chinese Indian cuisine, also known as “Chindian,” is quite distinct. In the 1940’s a large number of Chinese immigrated to India, and integrated their cooking techniques and ingredients to the cuisine of Indian cultures. Aling’s dishes encapsulates this cultural blend using Indian ingredients sautéed in a wok and cooked in Aling’s special sauces. Lots of fresh cilantro, ginger, garlic, onion and chilies creates an intense flavor.
I LOVE all the dishes at Alings, and it is a treat for me when I am able to indulge in their outstanding selection of carefully curated menu items. However, my absolute favorite and “must-have” is their Man Chow Soup, a spicy broth sautéed with garlic, chilies, and diced mushrooms served with chicken or vegetables and garnished with crispy noodles. I also love their Szechwan Fries tossed in a tangy, sweet, and spicy sauce. Other dishes that are highly recommended are: Chili Chicken and Manchurian Chicken; Chili Paneer and Gobi Manchurian; and their classic dish American Chicken Chop Suey.
Interested? Check out Alings!