When a book prompts a sandwich order from Delhi’s Hawker’s House


A book waved out to me from the dusty nook of a bookshelf final week. I pulled it out, recalling that it was a a part of a sequence by Lawrence Sanders that had given me nice pleasure as soon as upon a time. The books had been about easy mysteries solved by a character known as Archy McNally. What had me completely gripped, although, was the outline of sandwiches that McNally periodically created in his kitchen.

The considered the sandwiches opened up the floodgates of sandwich reminiscences. Whenever I consider sandwiches, I first consider Novelty Dairy and Store, as it’s formally known as, although aficionados additionally comprehend it as Hawker’s House. It is on the nook of Birbal Road in Jangpura (telephone: 011-43584168). The store has been round since 1951, and I first tasted their sandwiches greater than 25 years in the past; I’ve been a die-hard fan ever since. I appeared up the Net to see in the event that they had been delivering their sandwiches, and, to my utter pleasure, I discovered that they had been, and in my neck of the woods, too.

So our dinner one evening consisted of sandwiches that got here from Hawker’s House. We requested for 3 plates of rooster sandwiches in white bread (₹100 for a packet of 4 triangles), rooster burger (₹130), tuna sandwich in brown bread (₹130), and sugar-free chilly espresso (₹150).

The sandwiches had been deliciously smooth, and the stuffing, as at all times, was moist and attractive. They use a layer of a particular mayo, after which fill it with sliced rooster, rooster salami, or mashed tuna. This is served with a tart inexperienced chutney and tomato ketchup. We tried out their rooster burger, too — a thick rooster patty flanked by onion and tomatoes nestled within the largish bun. The bun was smooth, the patty crisp — and the 2 complemented one another effectively. I discovered it a bit salty although.

The supply menu additionally contains mutton burger (₹130) and mutton burger with cheese (₹150). There are other forms of sandwiches, too: rooster toasted in brown bread (₹120), vegetable sandwiches (₹90), cheese sandwich (₹100), pork ham sandwich (₹100) and tuna in white bread (₹120).

The regular chilly espresso (a lot cherished at residence) prices ₹90. They additionally ship omelettes: the rooster cheese omelette with two slices of bread prices ₹130.

Shanti Swarup ji, who ran the shop, isn’t any extra, however his son and household have ensured that the requirements are nonetheless excessive. The mayo that’s added to the sandwiches is spiced up within the kitchen, and the chutney is ready with recent coriander leaves, onion, garlic and a little bit of mint.

A member of the family tells me a strict hygiene protocol is being maintained — the employees is examined for physique temperature on daily basis and so they have a sanitizing machine.

I completed the final crumbs of the rooster sandwich and thought fondly of Archy McNally. Time I pulled out the opposite Lawrence Sanders.

The author is a seasoned meals critic

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