Restaurant Review: Masala Train – Healthy Indian Food in Wan Chai

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Have you ever tried any Indian food in Hong Kong? I was invited by the owner of Masala Train to try some. Whether you are a big fan of it or new to it, you would be impressed by Masala Train – a brand new Indian joint conveniently located in the heart of Wanchai, Hong Kong. Masala Train has a mission, it wants to promote the healthiness of Indian food.

Masala Train – Indian Food in Wan Chai

This generously priced causal eatery has its own features: the delicious traditional dishes are freshly homemade; they are rich in fibre and protein in a healthy way; no MSG, excess salt or artificial sweeteners.

Their menu has four main categories, Meal Box, Wrap, Appetizer and Dessert, with over fifteen dishes in total. Of course, I could not try all of them at the same time. I did try my best to taste four of them and share with you about them. The comments below are based on the dishes I tried.

Meal Box: Chicken Tikka Masala

indian food wan chai tikka

Originated in the Punjab region (northern India) of the Indian subcontinent, it is one of the most famous Indian dishes in the world and therefore I tried it. The curry is creamy, spicy and orange in colour as usual. For those new to Indian food like me, see the explanations of the terms below.

Tikka: small pieces of meat or vegetables marinated and then roasted.

Masala: a mixture of ground spices (it is not a female name like Marcella, don’t get confused).

The meal box was not as spicy as I thought at the first bite, but the curry soon warmed up my body after a few more bites. Luckily, there was some side salad to cool oneself down. The Verdict: The curry of the HKD 58 meal box is medium spicy, the rice is soft, the chicken is well-marinated and the salad is well-mixed.

Wrap/ Roll: Lamb Keema Roll

The filling of the wrap is spiced minced lamb and vegetables. The flatbread/tortilla is not thick, filled with enough meat and vegetables inside the roll. It is just HKD 68 and is delicious!

indian food hong kong keema

Drink: Masala Chai

This popular beverage is Indian milk tea with spices. It is smooth and creamy with a flavour of cinnamon and ginger etc. I think it worth more than HKD 12. The texture of it is a bit like latte or Hong Kong-style milk tea.

Dessert: Gajar Halwa (Carrot Pudding)

All desserts in the house are gluten-free with zero sugar. This puree like dessert is made of grated carrot and a little bit of nuts. The sugar flavour is light and it comes naturally from minced dates. This HKD 25 dessert can give you a good balance after having spicy dishes.

indian carrot pudding sweet

Little tips:

Having some spices is good for your health. Chicken Curry is milder than Chicken Tikka Masala. If you want the dishes to be milder, simply tell the team members when you make the order. They will take care of it. As I don’t usually have spicy food, they add fewer spices to my wrap. How considerate of the team!

There are only 3-4 seats, so either go there early to catch a seat or have it as a takeaway. Other than meat, veggies choices are also available. Well, we now have better understanding of the food of Masala Train. How about the shop owner? Don’t worried. We have got it covered. Just keep on reading.

An Interview with Masala Train’s Owner – Tiena Sekharan

Q: Can you share with us a little bit more about your background?

Sure, I had worked in the banking industry for over 10 years and I worked in Hong Kong for several years. I have got an MBA from a prestige business school in India. This is the first time I start a business in the F&B industry.

Q: Why did you start Masala Train?

When I was in banking, sometimes I asked my colleagues to have Indian meals. Their response was ‘No’, and sounded like ‘it’s the end of the day’, ‘it’s unhealthy’…

‘Indian food has been considered as a spice-heavy comfort cuisine and I am trying to show that it can actually be a healthy cuisine.’

Q: What are your favourite cuisine other than Indian food?

I like Sichuan cuisine and Korean BBQ.

Q: People usually go to Chungking Mansions to have curry, what do you think?

Our food is fresh and we pay more attention to hygiene.

Q: What are your favourite Hong Kong attractions?

The Peak, the Big Buddha and Ngong Ping 360 (the cable car)

Thank you Chef Tiena.

Masala Train, G/F, Yue On Building, 146-148 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, (right on MTR Wan Chai Station Exit A1), (+852) 2415 3000

Opening times: Monday to Thursday 11.30am to 9.30pm, and open until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

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