1. Garden Chef
The food served at this van — parked opposite Lodhi Road’s main Post Office — is close to authentic Chinese cuisine. The menu offers a complete meal that includes starters and main courses. The 17 varieties of soups are the USP of this van. We suggest the Hot ‘n’ Sour soup. Priced at Rs. 60 for chicken and Rs. 50 for vegetarian, the soup has a distinct tangy taste to it. One could also try Chicken Monchow soup for Rs. 60 and the Vegetarian Lemon Coriander soup for Rs. 50.
The regulars: Visitors to India Habitat Centre usually stop by for a cheap meal
Our Pick: Hot ‘n’ Sour soup (Rs. 50)
Where: Lodhi Road
2. Little Dragon
The next time you visit Defence Colony market and want to give the high-end restaurants a miss, just go to this Chinese food van parked close to Kents Food centre. You can try one of the 12 varieties of fried rice available here. We suggest the Singapuri Fried Rice. Priced at Rs. 45 a plate, the rice is garnished with chunks of garlic, red and green chillies and tastes best with tomato ketchup. The chicken version of the rice tastes equally good for Rs. 60 per serving. Other worth-a-try options here are Chicken Hot Garlic (Rs. 120) and Vegetable Thukpa (Rs. 50).
The regulars: Don’t be surprised to find Page3 types from Defence Colony market having a meal here
Our Pick: Singapuri Fried Rice (Rs. 45)
Where: Defence Colony Market
3. BS Caterers
If you are fond of spicy Chinese food, then you should definitely try out something from this van. Parked just next to the Rajouri Garden Metro station, the van is a hit among youngsters visiting the glitzy malls here. Known for the 19 varieties of chowmein served here, you would find some exclusive recipes of chowmein served here. Go for the Chilli Garlic Chowmein, available in vegetarian and egg options, priced at Rs. 45 and Rs. 50. The van also sells paneer (Rs. 40) and chicken kathi roll (Rs. 60).
The regulars: Youngsters who throng the malls
Our Pick: Chilli Garlic Chowmein: Veg/Egg (R45/50)
Where: Near the Rajouri Garden Metro Station
4. Chinese Hut
This food spot in Vasant Vihar’s PVR Priya Complex is famous for its mix-and-match food. Options like Double Egg Chicken Chilly Garlic Chowmein (Rs.110) and Four Egg Chicken Singapore Chowmein (Rs.120) are the most popular items here. We suggest their steamed momos, available for Rs.40 (vegetarian) and Rs.50 (chicken) for eight pieces. You could also go for Chicken/Veg/Egg Sechuan fried rice served here for Rs. 60/40/50.
The regulars: Everyone who hangs at this market place has eaten here at least once!
Our pick: Steamed momos: Veg/Chicken (Rs.40/50)
Where: Vasant Vihar PVR Priya Complex
5. Chilly Chinese
This van gives a tough competition to the Chinese Chaat sold in Lajpat Nagar Market. Parked near Aggarwal Sweets in the main market, along with Chinese dishes, the van also sells three varieties of burgers. We liked the Crispy Chilli Potato. Potatoes in red spicy and tangy sauce come garnished with garlic chunks. Priced at Rs.60 for a wholesome plate, this can be a perfect tea-time snack. Also on the menu are a variety of chopsuey and manchurian.
The regulars: Shoppers of Central Market stop by for a quick bite
Our Pick: Crispy Chilli Potatoes (Rs.60)
Where: Lajpat Nagar Market (Opposite Aggarwal Sweets)