When the flavours of unique cultures blend alongside one another a total new cuisine is established. This is the beauty of Hakka food stuff, which combines Indian and Chinese flavours. Several people today have experimented with Indian foodstuff on its possess and Chinese food on its have, but the blend of Indian and Chinese flavours is certainly fantastic and a little something you must expertise for your self.

Regular Hakka delicacies is a small different from the additional mainstream Hakka cuisine you see now throughout the world. Traditional Hakka foodstuff contains numerous braised dishes and preserved products given that foods was tougher to occur by when Hakka food was very first launched.

Now in Hakka eating places, you will discover Indian and Chinese flavours combined and matched and woven jointly in a way that produces very memorable flavours. Both the first and far more contemporary Hakka cuisines are stuffed with diverse textures. This is 1 of the critical elements in generating Hakka foodstuff so enjoyable, due to the fact each individual chunk is various.

Rohit Duggal and Anuj Semwal opened Royal Cumin Indian and Hakka Bistro in Burlington in Oct 2017. Their get on Hakka cuisine grew in acceptance, and they opened their next location in Stoney Creek in July 2020.

Owners Rohit Duggal and Anuj Semwal in their newly renovated Burlington location.
Proprietors Rohit Duggal and Anuj Semwal in their recently renovated Burlington area.Royal Cumin

Equally Rohit and Anuj researched culinary administration back residence in India and had worked in the hospitality field in India for just about a 10 years right before heading to Ontario. When they arrived in Ontario, they worked in various places to eat as cooks at diverse Indian eating places in equally Brampton and Toronto.

I chatted with Rohit about why he and his husband or wife, Anuj made the decision to open up a Hakka restaurant in this place.

“With our combined encounter of virtually 45 several years we prepared to shift towards the Burlington and Hamilton neighborhood as far more and extra immigrants were being transferring to these regions. And thanks to the absence of Indian food stuff eateries, we planned to open a casual eating spot in Burlington first and later in Stoney Creek.”

Rohit describes their just take on Hakka food items as “Indian spiced Chinese dishes with a much better flavour of ginger, garlic, onion and green chili.” Royal Cumin’s flavours are bold, and I truly like the reality that you can adjust the spiciness ranges to accommodate everyone’s tolerance of heat. The menu is substantial, and they have a area for Indian delicacies and a portion for Hakka cuisine so you can test them equally. Rohit endorses you try the rooster tikka masala with some chili garlic naan if you are searching for some Indian flavours and the Hakka noodles (which is Indian fashion avenue chow mein) with vegetable Manchurian, which is vegetable dumplings with some vinegar and soy sauce and spices, if you are searching to check out their Hakka menu.

Right here are the items that you have to check out!


This Chicken Samosa makes a great appetizer or snack.
This Hen Samosa can make a fantastic appetizer or snack.Joyce Leung

A scrumptious fried pastry in a triangle condition is created with savoury fillings like greens or chicken. They even have some Hakka samosas with chili garlic as the filling. These ended up packed with flavours and built a good appetizer or snack.


Baby kale and onion pakoras at Royal Cumin.
Infant kale and onion pakoras at Royal Cumin.Joyce Leung

An Indian-fashion fried fritter that is loaded with veggies like onions and potatoes. We tried the newborn kale and onion pakora and they have been merely divine. There is also a pakora created with fish on their menu far too.


Shrimp Korma with rice and naan has the perfect balance of sweet and savoury and just hits the spot.
Shrimp Korma with rice and naan has the ideal stability of sweet and savoury and just hits the spot.Joyce Leung

If you like saucy dishes that you can soak rice and dip naan into, I recommend you attempt their korma. It has the ideal balance of sweet and savoury and just hits the spot. You can also pick which protein you like we tried out the shrimp korma which experienced a stunning saffron sauce simmered with ground cashews and coconut, topped with cashews and sultana raisins.

Hakka dishes

We tried out the triple Schezwan rice with chicken. This common Mumbai Avenue foodstuff is a famous combine of Hakka Noodles, Schezwan fried rice, and Manchurian (a fried meatball dish, that consist of greens or meat in them). The Manchurians were being incredibly tender and overflowing with flavour chunk after bite.

The Rooster Manchurian Hakka noodles had been also wonderful. They integrated comparable elements but ended up served with chow mein noodles.

Chicken Manchurian Hakka Noodles were overflowing with flavour bite after bite.
Rooster Manchurian Hakka Noodles were being overflowing with flavour chunk soon after bite.Joyce Leung

These dishes also maintain up incredibly perfectly if you are finding takeout as very well as for leftovers the subsequent working day. To me, they flavor even better the future day as leftovers!

You actually are unable to go improper with any dish you buy from Royal Cumin. Each individual dish is produced with plenty of attention to depth and hrs of marinating and cooking to excellent people great Hakka flavours. In most of their dishes, you can change the warmth level and decide the protein of your choice. They have so lots of vegetarian selections as well.

Royal Cumin Indian and Hakka Bistro Burlington is found at 650 Plains Rd E, Burlington and their Hamilton location is positioned at 184 Hwy 8, Stoney Creek. Every dish ranges from $4 to $22 (based on what protein you pick out, the complete price tag may perhaps be bigger). You can dine in their recently renovated Burlington area or Hamilton locale, or get takeout. You can see their full menu listed here: https://royalcumin.com/

Joyce Leung is a foods author and blogger who life in Hamilton. Obtain her educating Asian cooking lessons about the metropolis when she is not dining out and hoping all the tasty dining places of Hamilton. Joyce will not publish about any companies she has a separate business enterprise connection with. You can reach her at [email protected]