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I grew up in a town in New Jersey that served as one of the most well-known points of immigration for South Asians, particularly Indians. And while most non-Indians shunned Indian cooking ("ooh, it smells weird!"), snacks called chaat slowly wormed their way into non-Desi hearts. Samosa and pakora first, but then crispy filled pockets called puri.
At Adya, the chaat are a little higher-end; the chickpeas are spooned into the lentil puffs for you, and arranged neatly around a cruet of sweet-sour tamarind water.
You pour the liquid into the puff and then eat it quickly, before it soaks through the bottom and causes a hull breach all over your shirt.
Its location means that rents are high and so are prices, but sometimes all that will do is a plate of well-spiced chaat. Just because it's simple doesn't mean it's easy–but it is delicious.
Adya, 440 S. Anaheim Blvd. #201, Anaheim; 714-533-2392; adyaoc.com.
79. The Pocket at the Pocket Burger
80. Gyro Sandwich from Paul's Place
81. Slice of Heaven at Pie-Not
82. Taquitos at El Toro Bravo
83. Peanut Butter and Jelly Donut at the Donuttery
84. Dan Dan Mian at Wei-Shian Noodle
85. Beef Burger at Rider's Club Café
86. Smoked Trout at Provenance
87. Small Plates at A&J Restaurant
88. Corn Cheese at Zoomak Asian Bistro
89. Pumpkin Curry at Bhan Baitong
90. Poke at Costco Tustin II
91. Pambazo at Tacos Radioactivos
92. Beef Pho at Pho Crystal Noodle House
93. Breakfast Burrito from Cafe Calacas
94. Koobideh Plate from Grill Cafe
95. Tacos de Cecina from Alebrije's
/ching_chinese_express_jajangmyeong.php> 96. Jajangmyeong from Ching Chinese Express
97. Breakfast Sausage from Da-Le Ranch
98. Any Special Dinner by Old Vine Cafe's Mark McDonald
99. Tres Amigos Burrito from Piaggio on Wheels
100. Bacon-Wrapped Dates from Lola Gaspar