At Inchin’s Bamboo Garden, exploring where India and China meet | Dining

On a map of the world, India and China share a 2,000-mile border. On a menu of the world’s cuisines, they have often overlapped, connected by the Silk Road’s spice traders to delicious effect.






Bamboo decor at Inchin's Bamboo Garden

Bamboo partitions separate tables at Inchin’s Bamboo Garden.




About three centuries ago, a wave of Chinese folks struck out for a new life in Kolkata, or Calcutta, capital of India’s West Bengal state. The restaurateurs among them figured out how to modify classic Chinese dishes, and exploit indigenous ingredients, creating another subgenre of Chinese cuisine.

The United States got chop suey, egg foo yung and General Tso’s chicken from its enterprising Chinese immigrants. India got dishes like lamb dumplings in savory tomato cream, sweet-and-sour paneer, and Singapore rice noodles, stir-fried with curry oil.

Now those crossover classics are available in Amherst, along with a host of more purely Indian or Chinese dishes, at

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Notes from a food critic’s napkins: wining and dining trends and expectations

I’VE EATEN MORE restaurant meals outdoors than in dining rooms this year. I dined on back patios and along sidewalks, where the server had dragged out lawn chairs. I dined on curbs or on the lower rung of public stairs. And I spread takeout on the dashboard of my Camry, or on the hood, and ate in the parking lot.

In between bites, I scribbled notes on napkins about menus and issues chefs raised while I was waiting for my takeout. Here are some observations that came from those notes.

Could the Eastside become the new Richmond, B.C., one day? The thought that the Bellevue area could become an epicenter for Chinese cuisine seemed preposterous five years ago. Then famous Chinese chains such as Liuyishou and Haidilao expanded to Bellevue in the past two years. Investors from Los Angeles; Hong Kong; and Vancouver, B.C., also

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What does the Fayetteville dining scene need? Here are 7 suggestions

Fayetteville has made great strides in recent years to shake its meat-and-potatoes reputation fueled by fast-food chains and a self-fulfilling prophecy that the city would perpetually be stuck in its old ways and never evolve to embrace more diverse cuisines.

The flavors of East and Southeast Asia, Central America, West Africa, the Middle East and many other regions of the world, once considered novelties or grouped together and diminished under some kind of racist “ethnic food” trope, now thrive.

While great work continues to be done, there’s even more that can be done that would take our city’s dining scene to the next level. Here are seven suggestions.

More vegan offerings

Mixed veggie wrap from Prima Elements Wellness Center at 124 Anderson Street in downtown Fayetteville.

Mixed veggie wrap from Prima Elements Wellness Center at 124 Anderson Street in downtown Fayetteville.

While vegan/plant-based menu options are far more prevalent at restaurants now than before, Fayetteville still lacks a dedicated vegan restaurant. Those who wish

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