Khyber Pass Mess Club: Cheap Indian in Chungking Mansions

Khyber Pass Mess Club: Cheap Indian in Chungking Mansions

We didn’t necessarily choose the Khyber Pass Mess Club. Their persistent tout — stationed on the ground floor of the infamous Chungking Mansions amongst the “ladies tailoring” and “copy watch” touts — and a quick internet search, identified it out as a reliable choice amongst the many Indian “mess clubs” housed in the various tower blocks.

For those unfamiliar with the Chungking Mansions, it is a block of early 1960s (once) residential towers that (now) house a rag-tag assortment of cheap backpacker guesthouses, cheap business hotels catering to African and South Asian traders, curry restaurants, second-hand mobile phone stores, South Asian and African specialty food shops as well as God knows what else squirreled away in its back corners. (To learn a little more about the Chungking Mansions, read this Wikipedia article. To learn a lot more about the Chungking Mansions, read Gordon Mathews’ slightly too academic Ghetto at the Centre of the World.)

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