Just the other day, I was walking down 6th Avenue in Manhattan toward Radio City.
It was around 11AM and I was already hearing hungry bellows from my stomach.
I looked around for a food cart to grab a quick, cheap meal.
As I was crossing W.44th St, my eyes fell on the My Biryani Cart.
I quickly approached the cart to check out what was available.
Abbas Mannan (from Darjeeling in the eastern part of India), the owner of the cart, directed me to the menu pasted on the front of his cart.
The cart’s menu turned out to be quiet expansive but Bombay Spicy Biryani was highlighted boldly on the front. No surprise, it’s after all a Biryani cart.
My Biryani Cart
W.44th St & Avenue of the Americas
How can you not order Biryani at the My Biryani cart?
So I quickly placed my order for Bombay Spicy Vegetable Biryani ($5.99) and a Chicken Kati Roll ($3.50).
It took about 15 minutes for my food to get ready.
I picked up my food and settled down at a spot across the road to dig into my Bombay Spicy Vegetable Biryani and Chicken Kati Roll.
Here’s my take on My Biryani Cart’s Bombay Spicy Biryani Vegetable and Chicken Kati Roll:
Lousy – Bombay Spicy Vegetable Biryani
To put it in one word, the Bombay Spicy Vegetable Biryani turned out to be “Lousy”.
You see, I am no stranger to Biryani.
I’ve had Biryani at the justifiably reputed Biryani Cart in Midtown and several other places in NYC and New Jersey.
My Biryani Cart’s Bombay Spicy Biryani counts among the worst.
There were several issues with the Bombay Spicy Vegetable Biryani:
Bombay Spicy Vegetable Biryani – $5.99
- First, the rice and vegetables in Bombay Spicy Vegetable Biryani had a slightly burnt flavor and taste.
- Second, to my great disappointment, the Bombay Spicy Vegetable Biryani was not in the least bit spicy.
- Third, it lacked the flavor of Biryani spices like clove, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, bay leaves, black pepper seeds etc.
- Fourth, the Biryani came with a sprinkling of dry red chilli powder topping, which made a bad Biryani worse. It is the Biryani Spices that provide the magical flavor to Biryani and not Red Chilli Powder topping.
Good – Chicken Kati Roll
Thank God for the Chicken Kati Roll.
My single Chicken Kati Roll ($3.50 for one and $6 for two) included grilled Chicken cubes and fried onion wrapped in a Chapati-like Indian bread.
The medium-sized bread wrapping had a fresh taste and was not too thick.
The Grilled Chicken filling was juicy and delicious.
Chicken Kati Roll – $3.50
Adding some of that red sauce gave a zest to the overall taste of the roll.
I enjoyed the Chicken Kati Roll and finished it in quick time.
My Biryani Cart Rating
If you’re going to My Biryani Cart, I recommend you stay away from Bombay Spicy Biryani.
But don’t miss the Chicken Kati Rolls.
If you are really desperate for Biryani, I recommend you head straight to Biryani Cart on W.46th St and 6th Ave. You can’t go wrong there.
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