Chinese bhel

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Chinese bhel
Place of originIndia
Main ingredients

Chinese bhel is a fast food and street food item in India and is considered a part of Indo-Chinese cuisine. It is a variant of chop suey and bhelpuri. It is popular in Mumbai.[1][2][3]


Like most street food items, the recipe of Chinese bhel has many variants. The basic ingredients present in every recipe are crisp fried noodles, raw shredded cabbage, and one or more hot sauces. These ingredients are thoroughly mixed together in the style of making a bhelpuri. The sauces could be Schezwan sauce, red chilli sauce, and/ or tomato ketchup.

In addition, it may contain one or more of these ingredients: finely chopped onion, sliced capsicum, diced carrot, soya sauce, salt, black pepper powder, monosodium glutamate, vinegar, and raw garlic paste in varying quantities. Sometimes chopped spring onion is used for garnishing.[4]


Chinese bhel stalls in Mumbai were criticized for poor hygiene and were suspected to have caused a hepatitis E epidemic over a two-month period in 2011.[5] The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) has issued strict orders not to let hawkers sell fried foodstuffs on pavements and Chinese food outside schools. The Congress party had recently[when?] demanded that the MCGM ban the sale of Chinese street food due to fears related to its use of monosodium glutamate.[6] [dubious ]

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  1. ^ Khamgaonkar, Sanjiv (11 February 2010). "The short history of Indian Chinese food and where to breathe fire in Mumbai". CNN. Archived from the original on 13 December 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Indian Chinese – The Popular Fusion Cuisine". Timescity. 5 December 2013. Archived from the original on 23 October 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  3. ^ Mishan, Ligaya (1 August 2013). "The Marriage of Indian and Chinese Cuisines". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 20 August 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  4. ^ Ghosh, Shrishti (25 May 2015). "Recipe: Chinese Bhel". TOI. Archived from the original on 3 May 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  5. ^ Gurav, Rinkita; Sadadekar, Chetana (29 June 2011). "Chinese bhel to be blamed for hepatitis?". Mid Day. Mumbai. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 21 September 2022.
  6. ^ "Chinese street food banned outside Mumbai schools". DNA. PTI. 30 June 2015. Archived from the original on 4 July 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015.

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