The Jawaharlal Nehru University, apart from academics, is immensely famous for the lip smacking pocket friendly food. It goes without saying that no one in the campus would be sleeping empty stomach. Apart from the legendary Dhabas like Ganga, 24X7, and Teflas, JNU houses more than 25 small eateries which serve delicious food and each has its own speciality.
Keichha’s, run by our Keichha aunty (as we call her) is one such place which serves mouth-watering dhaba chinese / north-eastern cuisine. Located in a small corner in KC (Kamal Complex, JNU), Keichha’s is a small typical JNU dhaba, which does not really care for hygiene a lot. The seating area is cramped up and can house at the most 14-17 people at one time. You will always find a queue outside if you are heading here during dinner time. But the students are adjusting and they try to finish their meals as soon as possible so others don’t have to wait for too long.
On a regular day when I visit this place, my first order is the chicken momos, sometimes even mutton. I greet aunty and ask her to serve us hot piping momos (one if I am alone, 2 if someone accompanies me). It is really a crime to share those. These little dumpling are laced in oil which makes it different than most momos. The filling has a generous portion of chicken unlike many places which add soya chunks to it. The momos are accompanied by the traditional red chutney and the dilli-wala mayonnaise touch. Mayonnaise tastes great. Period!
My all time favourite is their chicken/lamb egg foo-yung. A foo-yung is an egg noodle pancake with pieces of chicken/lamb which is fried till its crispy on the outside and dense and soft inside. The flavour is plain and if you like spicy food, you might want to team it up with the red chutney! I add lots of chutney and mayonnaise to my foo-yung.
Their dry lamb dishes are to die for. My usual favourite is the lamb prepared two ways, which is spicy and crunchy. On other days when I don’t want something spicy I order Smoke Lamb Sesame. Lamb in hot garlic sauce and Crispy dry lamb are other options that one must try. These dry dishes are usually full of flavours. The lamb is chewy sometimes, but the occasional blast of lemongrass and pepper makes up for it. The other favourites on the menu are the soups. Order any soup and the taste will be amazing. Generally I prefer momos along with soups. The noodles served in oriental mince curries are also something one must try.
Keichha’s remain my favourite and is definitely a student friendly place, where you get delicious Chinese at affordable prices.