Dragon House, Jaipur

Its a hot hot summer here! With temperatures threatening to touch 50c, I refuse to get into a kitchen and stand over a hot stove! So off we went to the cool air-conditioned comforts of the Country Inn and Suites near our home in Jaipur, to sample the much loved Dragon House. Here we are, slightly tipsy and very hungry!


Dragon House

Its one of the few Chinese restaurants in a city dotted with places dishing kebabs and curries.The thing to remember is that getting authentic Chinese food in India is practically impossible. What we get here is Chinjabi – delicious, but certainly not what they cook up back in China. Having said that, I adooore our hybrid version and my criteria in going to a Chinese eatery is certainly not authenticity! So off we went with a group of friends to ensure we get to sample more on the menu.

I admit, we cheated a little – we went along with someone who knew the Chef quite well. And that turned out to be  the key to getting some delicious food at the restaurant. We looked at the menu, but asked the chef to whip up non-Manchurian/Schezwan  saucy food! And that’s exactly what he did.

Here is what came to the table….

Stir Fried Vegetables

Stir Fried Vegetables – The dish was light, garlicky yet extremely flavorful. It was polished off first by a table full of carnivores…enough said 🙂

Chicken in BlackBean Sauce

Chicken in a Black Bean Sauce – The crunchy, tangy and salty black beans jazzed up the usually tasteless chicken. You could tell that it wasn’t a bean paste out of some Jar. I’ll definitely order this the next time I visit.

Lamb in soy ginger sauce

Lamb in Ginger Soy sauce -The dish may look the same as the chicken, but it was only because of the exact same presentation. The light ginger and soy flavor in the dish was a perfect compliment to this meat as it enhanced the flavor extremely well. And of course, the crunchy Bak-Choy made it even better!

Full PlateThere’s my plate piled high with everything 🙂 The rice noodles were delicious and the Bamboo rice came in an actual Bamboo trunk – but I can’t find that photo!

Date Pancake-tile

I’m not a fan of desserts at Chinese restaurants, but everyone else wanted to get some, so we ordered a round of Banana Fritters and Date Pancakes for the table. I always find Date Pancakes too sweet, but the banana fritters were not that bad. And as is standard, they were served à la mode.  Hahaha..my love for the desserts is palpable , isn’t it 😉

Now having heard some bad things about the restaurant as well, my analysis is that you need to visit once you’ve made sure Chef Andy is in the kitchen. What you’ll get is delicious food, not quite Chinese, but not Chinjabi either. The staff is attentive, the ambiance is nice – you’ll like it.

Dragon House

Country Inn And Suites, Khasa Kothi Circle, MI Road, Jaipur

Ph:0141 4033300

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