A bunch of us went to the Chili Pepper House at 3003 Kingsway in Vancouver for Gene’s birthday. This is one of a few Chinese-Indian restaurants in the area…another notable one is the Green Lettuce just down the street on Kingsway. The owners of this restaurant are Chinese and grew up in India, which means that they have an interesting take on the food here. Because there were six of us, we decided to order a bunch of dishes to share. Gene comes here pretty often so he did all the ordering for us. For almost any dish, you can choose between 1-3 “chili peppers”, meaning mild, medium, or hot. We picked medium spicyness for everything.
First came the hot and sour soup. The soup was thick and spicy. It was a bit more sour than the Chinese-style hot and sour soup I was more accustomed to.
Next came some fried green beans. The beans were fresh and crunchy with a hint of spicyness. Just the way I like them.
The fried chicken noodles were next. Think of them as your typical soy sauce chicken fried noodles but with a kick of spicyness. The noodles had a nice bounce to them and were very tasty.
The haaji prawns are always a favourite and this time, it was no exception. If you like spicyness, garlic, and prawns, this is the dish to get. Even though we asked for medium spicyness, this seemed way spicier.
Next came another fan favourite, the Manchurian veggie balls. The best way to describe them is to imagine balls of chopped veggies (carrots, cabbage, mushrooms, etc) deep fried and then drenched in spicy Manchurian sauce. There is a lot of sauce with this dish though so it is best eaten with some rice.
And for our last dish, we had the Manchurian chicken. This was cubes of chicken deep fried and then drizzled in the same Manchurian sauce as the veggie balls.
It was a great meal and we were all sniffling at the end due to the spiciness of all the dishes. I normally find that they are heavy on the sauce here so if you are not into that, you may want to get some dishes that are “dry”. Another alternative is to make sure you have a healthy serving of rice to soak up all the sauce. This place is quite popular and by the time it was 12:30pm, the restaurant was packed.
1-3003 Kingsway, Vancouver