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Ex-Cabbie Brings Indo-Chinese Flavor To Cliffside Park

Prashanta Tuladhar brings homemade table sauces to patrons at his cousin Jamphel Dorjee's restaurant.
Prashanta Tuladhar brings homemade table sauces to patrons at his cousin Jamphel Dorjee's restaurant. Photo Credit: Melissa Heule

CLIFFSIDE PARK, NJ -- After driving a cab in New York City for eight years, Jamphel Dorjee in February opened Szechuan Mirchi, an Indo-Chinese restaurant on Anderson Avenue in Cliffside Park, with five of his relatives from Queens.

“To have my own business -- this is my dream," said Dorjee, whose parents opened their own restaurant after moving from Tibet to India. "I didn’t want to go into a partnership with anyone.

“The rent is low here, and when I did research, I found a high Indian and Asian population in the area but no Indo-China fusion place like this except for one in Jersey City that was good.

"But I think they closed.”

“I come from Nepal, where they are still having aftershocks after the earthquake,” said Dorjee’s cousin, counter worker Prashanta Tuladhar. “I'm lucky to be here where we have a family business.”

Pheroze and Shirin Madon head to Szechuan Mirchi for dinner almost every Friday.

“You have to try the garlic sauce with some of the rice,” said Pheroze. “We come from India and order almost the same thing every time. We like that they make it spicy.”

Two previous eateries have failed on the site -- one Turkish, the other Burmese.

“After a year, I want to see how successful we are,” Dorjee said. “We just did two catering orders for parties, and a lot of people hear about us through word of mouth.

"I don’t advertise much, so that I don’t get too much business at once and then can’t manage it," he said. "But we’ll see.”

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