The suburbs. Such an easy target. The big box stores … the bland, national sameness. The traffic, the soul-crushing monotony …
OK, I will stop. Because in the surburbs, you will also find … Neehee’s Indian Vegetarian Street Food. What exactly can one expect from Indian Vegetarian Street Food? Well, from their website: “Whether you crave the most flavorful chaat dishes, indo Chinese fusion, south Indian dosa, Mumbai’s sandwiches, or Delhi’s favorite chole bhature.” What, you might say? I’m sorry, Delhi’s favorite chole bhature? And is that even a complete sentence? (No.)
May I direct your attention to the craziness that is the Neehee’s menu? 35 chaat dishes. Twelve sandwiches, ten “meals,” eight kinds of pakoda. Soups, noodles, Indian Chinese. Idlys, dosas, rawa, uttapam. And nary a palak paneer to be found.
To order at Neehee’s, string together a combination of letters and numbers associated with words that sound appealing to you, like “spicy” or “peanuts.” This is really all the guidance I (or the menu) can offer.
I also cannot tell you how to eat the food that will arrive at your table shortly after placing your order at the counter. Take, for example, the dish pictured below. Surely the small dishes of sauce are meant for spreading on the rolled up dosa. But contents of the large bowl? Is that to be eaten with a spoon, separately? With the dosa, like a dip?