Before our trip to China, we’ve been dreaming of eating authentic Chinese vegetarian dishes, but what we had in mind are those creative and versatile ones created by talented chefs in Shanghai. We just realized unfortunately this doesn’t apply in other areas where vegetarianism hasn’t become a scene yet. After eating the few more or less similar dishes in non-vegetarian restaurants repeatedly, we started to crave something different. During our evening stroll we found this Indian one called Kali Mirch (which means black pepper, as they stated on their sign). Luckily the manager speaks English and understands our request.
The decoration has some Indian inspiration, such as the Hindu relief, colorful embroidered fabric and cute elephants hanging. The tables and chairs are more like the locals – simple wooden table, with a thick sheet of glass on top, steel chairs.
We ordered our favorite garlic bread, that we always eat in Indian restaurant. However, what we got was a bit disappointing. The bread tasted like some ready-made tortilla brushed with some olive oil then warmed up in microwave oven. I guess perhaps ingredients for making authentic Indian food might be difficult or too expensive to get in this small town, but still, I would appreciate some efforts on the bread making at least.
On a better note, we did enjoy the two curries that we ordered. I forgot the names but we did ask the chef to make sure they’re made vegan. One is the potato based curry; the other is more like a vegetable stew or stir-fry, with onion, cauliflower, and green pepper. Those can be quite spicy, so if you don’t tolerate hotness that much, remember to ask them to make it less spicy.
Overall we were generally satisfied by what we got in Kali Mirch. Yangshou is a small town, although it does attract a lot of foreign tourists, the vegan or vegetarian options aren’t widely available yet. So it’s great we could have something different out of stir-fry greens with tofu.