The Wickenden Street area is a lovely microcosm of the greater culinary scene in Providence: There’s Italian, Japanese, American, Indian, Thai, Mexican. With the addition of Jahunger Restaurant, we can add Central Asian flavors to the list.
Jahunger takes over the space previously occupied by Abyssinia, and its menu is a combination of Central Asian and Northwestern Chinese food. You’ll find spice-laden dishes packed with cumin, cinnamon, star anise, garlic, saffron, and chili, and hand-pulled noodles and flavorful meats are integral to many of the dishes. That being said, there are hearty vegetarian options available, too.
Jahunger is aiming for an authentic experience, so you won’t find Chinese-American standards like General Tso’s Chicken or Pork Fried Rice on the menu. What you will find is a small, curated menu with options like the Jahunger Noodles (lamb with fresh noodles), Chicken Stew (dark meat bone-in chicken, wide noodles and veggies), Spicy Tiger (eggplant, garlic and rice), Dumplings and Scallion Pancakes. There are also a few dessert options, like the exquisitely layered Milk Hazelnut Cake and Black Currant Cake. One thing is for certain – no matter what you order, you’re in for a taste of something that you can’t find anywhere else in the city.