Fahima Halal Cart Pops Up on 3rd Avenue With a Decent Curry Chicken
It’s very rare for me to know exactly what I want to eat for lunch when I head out. As a result I usually end up walking around and around until I finally get tired and give in to whatever is closest. But on Monday I headed out knowing exactly what I wanted: street meat. And not just any street meat- but Rafiqi’s, the only street meat near my office I had yet to try (not counting the taste at last year’s Street Meat Palooza that I remember for its olives.) I walked straight to the corner of 47th & 3rd Ave and was surprised to find that in place of the big red truck was the Fahima Halal cart. (Apparently I had missed this news about them moving from their spot on 45th btw. 6+7th!) Since I was there already I decided to get their chicken over rice. Then I was asked if I wanted the curry chicken. I love curry chicken so I said yes please!
The curry chicken over rice with a side salad ($6) looked promising, with its boneless dark meat chicken (about 7 pieces) and a good amount of lentils and chickpeas. It’s hard to beat that combo of chickpeas, lentils, chicken and spicy, and yet Fahima Halal’s version fell a little short. (I guess their photoshop skills are better than their curry making skills!) While the heat was there the curry flavor was a bit thin. It was good but it just needed a little bit more of curry to make it great. The lentils and chickpeas were cooked just right. The rice was a little mushy but did a good job at soaking up the curry sauce. As for the salad, it was fresh, a little tangy and did great to cool my mouth down.
I’m not quite sure where the Rafiqi truck went but then again I see those almost everywhere. Hopefully the Fahima Halal cart decides to stay at that spot so I get to eat more curry chicken over rice. Next time I’m going to ask if I can get a combo of curry chicken and lamb over rice.
Fahima Halal Cart, NW corner of 47th & 3rd Ave.