Good "Street Food" in Calcutta

#1 Jan 22nd, 2009, 19:04
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Along BBD Bagh in East Calcutta sort of half-way between Lal Bazaar and The Great Eastern Hotel - there's a strip of street vendors during the day making really amazing fresh food cooked right in front of your eyes. BBD Bagh is a kind of financial district - so the clientele are mostly businessmen with a few Rs in their pockets - so the vendors there are extra careful not to make anyone sick. You can easily see who the popular cooks are. When in Calcutta - I eat there several times a week. I find the resturants in town to be for the most part dodgey and at best dark and claustrophobic.

In the Sudder Street area there are two Chinese noodle shacks that I frequent as well and have never in 15 years got sick eating at these joints.

The air of course is another issue.
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My tongue is hanging out, my stomach is rumbling, Kolkata here I come!
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I had the best kebab ever i kolkata, but i don't know where it was.
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Originally Posted by theyyamdancer View Post My tongue is hanging out, my stomach is rumbling, Kolkata here I come!


Did I forget to mention that the Bengalis make the best flat breads in India. The ones served along BBD Magh are so scrumptious! After eating there the chapattis and roti and naan everywhere else in India taste just okay at best. Also . . . Bengalis make the best chai.
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It's true, the food in kolkata is better than anywhere else i've been. Kerala is up there though.

My best chai ever was at a small street shop near Mahalaxi temple, Mumbai
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If you happen to be near "Esplanade" or "Chowringhee"
in Central kolkata, pay your visit to " Dacres Lane " (Deckers Lan),
the lane just next to Peerless Head office , You will
find some of the among best roadside food stalls.
Then all around BBD bag area, Near Bankshall Court,
Fairlie place, Back side of Writter's building, its
every where .

If you are going along EM byepass just after Ultadanga Hudco
Crossing there are cluster of road side food stalls ,
they are very famous for Chaats etc, one among them is
"Goutam" , which is so popular that recently they have
opened a new outlet at " Mani Square Mall".

Calcutta Road foods can easily be rated one among best
in India.

Cheers
#7 Jan 28th, 2009, 14:11
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nobody mentioned rolls?

They don't make rolls like this anywhere else! I got to meet a Dutch couple who came to make films, and thought they might give up film making, learn how to make rolls from they guy in front of YMCA where they were staying, and open a roll shop in Amsterdam.

For streetside rolls- Park Street, AJC bose road (opposite Gorky Sadan), also near Rabindra Sadan Metro Station, then of course the paratha types at Beck Bagan and Anwarshah crossing.

Although not street food, for rolls one has to mention Badshah and Campari (Gariahat).
Also Momos! At Momo Plaza, Humro Momo etc.

Oh boy, it's easy to see I miss Calcutta food.
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The rolls concept started at the Nizam's. But the outlets mentioned above make equally good if not better rolls.
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Has anybody met Sunil Misro.? he's a street kid who made a dvd about street food in Kolkata. He and a friend from Germany made this dvd over a couple of months. I have copies, but it's available on youtube. Amazing stuff. Little places you will never find.
Biryani, sweets, drinks, all the local breakfast food, and explanations etc.
Yum.
This guy just walks around talking to tourists, and shows them where to eat. He's really proud of his city, and was bought up in one of Mother's houses for the poor.
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I LOVE the street food here in Kolkata!!!
The kati rolls are just the best food ever
This is my 7th time in India but I never had kati rolls
before but I'm gonna make up fot that now
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It really is a wealth of tastes and flavours. One of the best places to put on weight.
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I shouldn't have come to this thread! This isn't helping my appetite with all the indian food I miss here in UK. The "indian" restaurants here just do not match!

I had a client near Dacre's Lane, and those were the best few months of my life! Amazing Chicken Cutlet, Jalebi, Kachori!

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No one mentioned the "tel e bhajas"
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Umm here's something finally
- the kabiraji cutlet
- the muglai paratha
- jhalmuri
- alukabli
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What about the pichkas? (also known as pani puri and gol gappe in other parts of India)

I swear on God's name I have never eaten more yummy pichkas than I have in Kolkata. It's everywhere, just make sure the guy adds a lot of jhaal (chillies) to the potato mix and the water is clean. And what can i say about the size of those monsters, absolutely massive. At times I had to crack it before I could shove it down my stomach.

Just had dinner, but am hungry again.

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