also known to us as ‘The City of Joy’ is extra joy-ous thanks to the amazing option of street foods available here. They are both lip-smacking and satiating at the same time. Kolkata is home to a variety of dishes ranging from ‘Luchi-alur dum’ to sandwich in the morning, ‘bhaat-dal’ (rice and lentil) and ‘chowmein’ in the afternoon, steamed momos to, ‘muri-alur chop’ (puffed rice and fries) in the evening followed by a full plate of , ‘Biriyani’, and ‘ruti-tadka’ (chapati and tadka) at night; Kolkata has something to offer, to suit every taste palette.
As a frugal customer, one never needs to bother about the rise in prices, Kolkata street food always remains pocket-friendly.
Areas like Dacres Lane, Esplanade and even BBD Bag, have seen office-goers flock to the different food stalls during lunch and tiffin breaks, and this is a sight that hasn’t changed for decades now.
Yes, the area surrounding the food stall or even the way the food is prepared is unhygienic, but one simply cannot complain about the taste that is so dear to the regular customers, who gather in large numbers, day after day.
Also, despite the not-so-clean-environment, the number of people I have seen falling sick are few and far between. Maybe they have built a robust immune system, perhaps?
So, lets take a quick walk, through these famous streets to relive the memories and breathe in the aroma, that have become synonymous with these age old eateries.
Let’s begin with Dacres Lane. Shall we?
This lane (earlier known as Tiffin Gali) has been treating it’s customers with a good variety of food ever since the colonial rule.
Specialty: Stew and Toast
From brewing tea in the morning to ‘khichdi’ in the afternoon, everything is available here. Other food items include chowmein, biriyani, fish fry, chicken stew, egg devil, and kabiraji (a kind of cutlet). But this area’s specialty still remains the warm stew and toast. This place treats people from all walks of life, who come over to enjoy a hearty meal. Its both stomach and pocket-friendly here.
BBD Bag along with the streets around Lalbazar and Writer’s Building, also known as, ‘office-para’ has a lot to offer to the people that flock here.
Specialty : Rice items
Egg rice, fried rice, chicken rice, biryani, ‘sobji-bhaat’ (vegetable rice), ‘ruti-ghugni’ (chapati and spicy dried peas), and khichuri are some of the items that are famous here. There are also various restaurants and hotels in this area, but interestingly, people choose the street stalls over them, to satisfy their hunger pangs.
College more, an area in the Salt Lake Sector, is always bustling with college students and office goers. ‘Daal-posto’ , fish-curry, fried rice and chicken are the main delicacies available here.
But you would not be disappointed if you want to lay your hands on chowmein, kulcha, chole batura, mixed vegetables and paneer items. Also, one can find various stalls selling fruit juices and sweets here if one feels thirsty or wants to indulge their sweet tooth.
Esplanade also called New Market is a very famous shopping hub in the city. This place also offers a wide range of appetizing and yummy snacks.
Specialty Items : Roll and chow
Thousands of people visit this area every single day to shop at reasonably priced shops. But, the perfect icing on the cake is eating off plates offering full-course meals and snacks after an extensive shopping spree. Fast food like chowmein, pasta, fried rice, and rolls are a big hit with the customers. Also puchka aka pani puri, chole batura, idli, dosa are available if you are looking for some more variety to spice it up.
Street food in Kolkata is very famous and integral part of everyone’s life, in the City of Joy. Here, arguments begin over a cup of piping hot tea and toast, and are settled with yummy sweets and snacks. Perhaps that’s the reason why the food stall owners never compromise on their age old recipes and taste.
If you are willing to overlook hygiene and cleanliness, you would be quite happy to have your favorite dishes at a reasonable cost, served to you in minutes!