Indians Left ‘Hot & Sour’ After NYT Recognizes Chicken Manchurian as Pakistani Dish

A stalwart of Pakistani Chinese cooking.

In a recent article published by The New York Times, Chicken Manchurian has been recognized as one of the most popular dishes found in Chinese restaurants across South Asia.

The article credited Pakistani-Chinese cuisine as the source of the dish, which has left many Indians “Hot and Sour” on social media.

NYT tweeted about the dish on social media, describing it,

A stalwart of Pakistani Chinese cooking

The tweet has gone viral on social media, with many food enthusiasts sharing their love for the dish. However, the appreciation for Pakistani-Chinese cuisine has also sparked controversy, with some Indians expressing their displeasure.

Several Indian Twitterati are feeling a bit “sour” for not getting recognition for the dish. According to them, Nelson Wang, a third-generation Chinese from Calcutta invented the dish.

However, according to the NYT article,  “This recipe comes from attempts at recreating the version served at Hsin Kuang in Lahore, Pakistan, in the late ’90s.”

At restaurants, it’s almost always served on a sizzler platter, the tangy, sweet-and-sour sauce bubbling and thickening on its way to the table.

A tangy, sweet, and sour dish served on a sizzler platter, the dish is named after the Manchurian region of China, which is located in the northeastern part of the country. However, it is important to note that Chicken Manchurian is not an authentic Chinese dish, but rather a creation of the Pakistani-Chinese community.

Despite the controversy, the recognition of Chicken Manchurian by the New York Times is a significant milestone for Pakistani-Chinese cuisine. The dish’s unique blend of flavors has been appreciated by food enthusiasts worldwide, and it has now gained recognition as a cultural symbol of Pakistan and its rich culinary heritage.


  1. Wicked people like Indian biased nation can do so. They always copy pak music , sold pak rice with their name etc but no way Pakistan will always remain on upfront on all spheres IN SHA ALLAH