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Streetfood Stories: Chicken 65 – the magic number

The streetfood of India has a history almost as rich and diverse as the country itself. In Streetfood Stories we reveal the tales behind some of our popular dishes. 

65 chillies? Are you sure?

65 chillies? Are you sure?

What is it with food and numbers? British ice-cream lovers have long debated the meaning of the 99 Flake, and in India we have our own mystery number in the popular Chicken 65.

There are nearly as many stories about the origin of the name as there are variations of this dish – every street restaurant in Southern India will have their own “secret” version to tempt in diners.

The only thing agreed on is that it is a delicious snack of diced chicken marinated in Southern Indian spices and deep fried – with chilli up front and garlic and ginger adding richness.

But as for the name? Take your pick, from the believable to the bizarre:

  • It was originally made from a chicken cut into 65 pieces
  • The original recipe called for 65 chillies
  • The chicken used should be 65 days old
  • The chicken is marinated for 65 days
  • It was the 65th dish on a menu for army officers..

In fact, you could probably come up with your own version of the story.. just add the number 65!

The most likely story – though unconfirmed – is that the dish was popularised by chef AM Buhari, a pioneer in the South Indian food industry. The dish is said to have first appeared on the menu at Buhari Hotel restaurant in Chennai (then Madras) in.. 1965!

Certainly the chef is credited with making the dish popular and Mr Buhari was made Sheriff of Madras in 1973, a high honour given to people who have excelled in their field.

Once you taste Chicken 65 you’ll appreciate why it is a dish worthy of honouring, whatever the true story of its name.


Chai St debuts in Michelin Guide 2016

Michelin-Guide-2016We’re delighted to have been listed in the latest edition of the Michelin Guide – the world’s leading restaurant guide.

Michelin praise our “vibrant” restaurant and the quality and value of our food in their 2016 guide to Great Britain and Ireland. The guide lists the best restaurants in the UK, based on inspection from Michelin’s highly-regarded team of expert reviewers.

Recognition from the Michelin Guide comes less than a year after we re-opened in Cowbridge Road East, and follows us being named as one of Wales’s top restaurants by WalesOnline.

Chai Street co-owner Ajit Kandoran said: “The Michelin Guide really is the ultimate restaurant guide so we’re delighted to be listed in there.”


Chai Street named as one of Wales’ best

Chai Street has been named as one of the top 45 restaurants in Wales by the WalesOnline website.

The online magazine praised us for our “beautifully authentic Indian street food in a unique setting” when listing us as one of the best places to eat in the country.

Chai Street co-owner Ajit Kandoran said: “It is great to see Chai Street getting recognised so soon after re-opening.

“The restaurant and our menu of the best Indian street food has been a big hit with our customers, and its good to see this reflected in the press”.

Chai St – The Word is Out

The word continues to spread about Chai Street.  Already we have seen Chai St listed in Trivago’s new blog: as part of their “The best places to eat in Cardiff: the ultimate foodies’ guide”.

The Mirror newspaper has published a list of best value and tasty places to eat in Cardiff and included Chai St as a must visit.

@MichelinGuideUK cheeky tweet about Chai St's "new rules".

@MichelinGuideUK cheeky tweet about Chai St’s “new rules”.

And we loved @MichelinGuideUK cheeky tweet about us:

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AM drops by to learn of our vision for Cardiff as a foodie destination

Leader of the Welsh Conservatives and AM for South Wales Central region Andrew Davies stopped by at Chai St yesterday. Andrew and his assistant Vince were eager to check out Chai St after hearing about our re-opening in Cowbridge Road East in the media and on social media.

Andrew was interested to learn of Chai St and Mint and Mustard’s achievement in pioneering the introduction of Southern Indian cuisine in Wales and the UK.  Andrew supports #CardiffCityFoodieHeaven – our vision for helping to put Cardiff on the map for foodies from around the world.  Read more

“They say the best things come to those who wait”

Chai Street by Mint and Mustard After a two-year break, Cardiff’s popular Indian street food restaurant Chai St, by Mint and  Mustard, is returning by popular demand at a new central location.

Chai St closed in 2012 when the main Whitchurch Road Mint and Mustard restaurant  needed to expand to deal with rising demand for its award-winning cuisine.

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Chai St is back and better than ever

Chai St – the award-winning Indian street food restaurant from Mint and Mustard – has returned to Cardiff.

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