The Mumbai Midnight Food Scene

Unlike some of the other Indian cities, the Mumbai midnight food scene is fairly limited. Many of the options are in South Bombay and some in the burbs. Bademiya, close to Gateway of India is probably one of the biggest midnight attractions. Then there’s Bachelorr’s which does ice cream. Amar juice centre which does a somewhat below average pav bhaji. Haji Ali Juice Centre does juices and some wonderful fruit cream. When in season, their Sitaphal with cream is unbeatable

I was once told that you get some unique Chinese food at Sagar Chinese  close to Amitabh Bachchan’s home in Juhu. So one midnight, I started the journey to find this unique Mumbai midnight food Chinese dish. While Amitabh Bachchan’s house was fairly easy to find. Of course, one did get the occasional sly ‘we’ve seen many dudes like you wanting to meet Amitabh Bachchan’ grin from Juhu autowallahs wanting to know if I was going to meet Amitabh Bachchan

Waise, ek selfie with Amitabh toh banta hai (selfie with Amitabh is needed/required)

But we’ll deal with this at a later date

Chopper Noodles

Chopper Noodles

Chopper Noodles at Sagar Chinese

The Chopper Noodles and the Mumbai midnight food scene is of far more consequence today. So, after a lot of gas-guzzling and soul-searching within Juhu. One finally managed to locate Sagar Chinese, close to Amitabh Bachchan’s old home (not the new one – Jalsa). I reached there around midnight and the staff were busy removing the plastic tables that one would keep their food on. When I asked how does one eat. All I got was a shrug, saying ‘Police’. At 1230, the plastic stools get removed and post 1, one has to stand in a corner and eat and post 130, one only gets takeaways

Coming to the ‘chopper’ bit. I ordered the Chicken Chopper Special Noodles. I was told that regular chopper is sweet and special chopper is spicy. So I went for spicy. It did turn out to be on the sweetish side, but spicy at the same time. Chopper noodles is this reddish coloured noodles with chicken cubes and some veggies. I know what you’re wanting to say about the reddish bit. Don’t ask! Sometimes you just gotta let things be. The key to street food is moderation 😊

The reddish noodles were accompanied by reddish-looking gravy with chicken pieces. Usually Indian-Chinese food has chicken cubes or elongated shreds as a style of cut. This one was put under the chopper after being cooked and had a certain uneven chopped feel to it. Hence I guess, the named Chopper Noodles or Chopper Rice

The gravy, though sweetish. Was quite tasty. In the West, they show garlic bulbs to ward off vampires. In India, we show Manchurian 😜 But it does contribute significantly to tasty food and is just so good for our Indian palates. So, you’re supposed to take a spoonful of the chicken and gravy. Add it to the bowl with noodles and have it. End result of this combination is quite good. I’d any day happily prefer Chopper Noodles over some disastrous midnight pav bhaji

Sagar Chinese is unfortunately not listed on Zomato as of now. But here’s the GPS location for the outlet. It opens only in the evening

19°6′47″ N 72°49′47″ E

Happy hunting and chowder-on!