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Street-Eat and Binge on These 7 Must-Tastes of Kolkata

Seven is indeed a lucky number, at least Voldy thought so. And he did create seven horcruxes to harness the soul. To feed a gargantuan appetite the real life horcruxes are the 'evilicious' (evil yet delicious) street-foods, which do harness our taste buds, but sometimes fail to keep up with the stomach. So if you do not possess the stomach for the street-foods, proceed no further matey!!!


The morning momos of Terreti. @DoiBedouin
The morning momos of Terreti. 

Kolkata- The Hogsmeade of the Culinary Wizards

If you have visited Kolkata and have not tasted the gastronomy of its streets then "You have failed this City!" Kolkata loves to feast and boast of it. Be it the nooks of the traditional Chinatown to the roadside stalls of Park Street, Kolkata profoundly offers its lip-smacking culinary delights.

This food trail is beyond the known Kolkata's famous phhuchka, papri chat/batata puri, moghlai paratha and biriyani.

#1. MOMOs    

Where?: Tirreti Bazaar, Kolkata

7 is also one of the most juxtaposed number in Chinese numerology. For the positive side, it indicates “start” or “rise”, and also “vital energy”. The same conception is potrayed in the Chinatown of Kolkata. The day dawns here with utterly delicious chinese food. A plate of white dumplings with the chicken stew and the chilly sauce would surely kick-start the day.


The morning sunshine over the steamy momos.@DoiBedouin
The morning sunshine over the steamy momos.

Cost per plate: Rs. 50 per plate having 5 momos.

Bonus

The best MOMOs are available here. Other delicacies include THAIPO, MEAT BALLS, PORK STICKS and other TIBETAN CUISINES.
 A plate full of meat balls.  @DoiBedouin
A plate full of meat balls. 


#2. FISH FRY

Where? Dacres Lane

Speaking of Bengal, and you not speak of fish is as equal a misdemeanor of not savoring it. The crunchy tangy fish fry with a bit of Kasundi (mustard sauce) tripping between your fingers journeying to your tongue is a must try.

Cost per plate: Rs.70 per plate having one fry.


The plate of fish fry at Dacres Lane. @DoiBedouin
The plate of fish fry at Dacres Lane.

Bonus
Besides the famous FISH FRY, GRILLED SANDWICHES, CHOWMEIN and CHICKEN STU are worth the mention.

Another delicacy of Chicken Stu at Dacres Lane. @DoiBedouin
Another delicacy of Chicken Stu at Dacres Lane.


#3. NAAN-LUCHI or NAAN-PURI
The fluffy naan like luchi with the gughni as the side dish is your choice for a perfect brunch. The appetizer is rightly met outside the temple of history. Few hours in the Indian Museum, and refill yourself with this special flavour of Kolkata, outside.

Cost per plate: Rs. 20 per plate having four pieces.


 My personal favourite naan-luchi @DoiBedouin
My personal favourite naan-luchi


Bonus


#4. KATHI ROLL
Where? Park Street

A patentented epicurean delight of Kolkata, born initially in the Nizam restaurant, it is now a well known street food too, with a wide variant of prototypes, most common being the egg-chicken roll. However the originality lies in the wrapping of the egg-paratha around the roasted kebab pieces with sauce and salads. 

Cost per plate: Rs. 40 a roll.

Kathi Roll. Courtesy Wikipedia


Bonus

Walk around Park Street to kindle the bookwarm within you. If not interested in the printed inks, have a visit to the well known Park Street Cemetery to have a look in the embossed ink of the epitaphs.


#5. JILIPI 
Be prepared to loose your heart in between those crooked twists of floured batter dipped in the sugared syrup. 


The twists of Jilipi @DoiBedouin
The twists of Jilipi


Cost per plate: Rs. 15 per plate for 3 pieces of Jilipi.

Bonus

Best for Street Photography.

#6. CHOCOLATE TEA 

Where?: Tripti Tea Stall

Tea is the elixir to the exuberant and spirited Kolkatan subculture. However this particular place adds chocolate to it, giving an utopian Edenic touch to the brew.

Cost per plate: Varies from Rs. 30 (smaller cup) to Rs. 60 (larger cup)

The unique chocolate tea of South Kolkata @DoiBedouin
The unique chocolate tea of South Kolkata

Bonus
South City Mall can be visited herefrom.

#7. GHOTI GOROM

Where? Princep Ghat

Puffed rice or jhaal muri are passe, the best crunchy snack is ghoti gorom with that onion mixed flavoured chanachur with the tongue-smacking "amra" or raw green mango. Foodgasm indeed.

Cost per plate: Rs. 10 per wrap.




Bonus

Witness the beautiful sunset from Prinsep Ghat under the Vidyasagar Setu followed by an evening stroll along the river Ganges.

Now that you know of them, delve in and Bon Appétit.
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10 comments:

  1. Awesome title..😀 and superb presentation..loved the name voldy😉

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  2. When I was in India, I only visited Mumbai - I'll have to include Kolkata on my next trip!

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    1. Yeah ... You must. I am sure you would love it.

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  3. All of this looks so good, especially that chocolate tea! I've never seen anything like it.

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    1. It was first time for me too.... I am going to go for it again. This time I would try the chocolate coffee.

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  4. Wow all of the food is to die for. The hot cocoa won me over -woowwwwieerr this looks incredible.

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    1. It taste incredible too. Made the tea really special.

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  5. We love eating street food when we travel to a new country. It's been a few years since I've been to India but I ate a lot of kathi rolls - they are one of my favorites! I'm interested in trying the fish fry with the Kasundi mustard sauce on a return visit.

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  6. Chocolate tea?!?! Yes please! I've had naan and I love a good fish fry, but the rest of these wonders I'm going to have to try.

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