KOLKATA, STREET FOOD PARADISE
An amazing journey awaits you with Will Meyrick and Calcutta Walks. You will discover different neighborhood of Kolkata, dive into the city culture, and virtually taste the best food from the streets.
Follow me as I discover Northern India. Today, with my friend Ramanuj from Calcutta Walks, we’re checking out the diverse culinary street food scene of Kolkata and how cultures from all over the world have influenced its cuisine.
Next on our itinerary with my friend Ramanuj from Calcutta Walks, we continue to discover Kolkata’s unique street food scene and learn about its diverse influences from Central Asia
In this episode, with my friend Ramanuj from Calcutta Walks, we continue to explore Kolkata’s street food treasures with a visit of the famous Nahoum & Sons Confectionary, one of the last vestige’s of Kolkata’s Jewish heritage, then followed by unbeatable street food sandwiches the city has to offer.
Today, with my friend Ramanuj from Calcutta Walks, we are tasting different historical dishes from the city. Follow us in Kolkata YMCA’s canteen, where we try the legendary mutton stew. Ramanuj explains to me later the French influence in some local specialities, like the amazing Kabiraji dishes served in one of the oldest eateries of College Street: Dilkhusha Cabin
Basanta Cabin is a 130-year-old institution in College Street, Kolkata. With Ramanuj we try their signature fish fry, topped with chaat masala. Then we visit the Paramount Cafe, another piece of history, famous for its sherbet. Shasik, the owner tells us the story of his venture and invites us to taste some of his renowned recipes.
Our day trip ends in the South of the city, in Bhawanipur, where the nightlife begins. We visit Balwant Singh’s Eating House where I try their famous Nimki and their sweet Jalebi. And I recommend you to try a delicious Chai Tea, served in a disposable clay cup, that preserves its deep flavour. Then we finish at Sharma Tea House, an institution with fantastically sweet puffs and samosa.
Let me show you some of the best places in the city like Apanjan, in Kalighat: a “hole in the wall” street food spot where you can eat chicken leg fry, fish fry, egg chop and fish chip.
Then, you must try the famous Ghugni on Park Street, a freshly cooked dal with tamarind, masala, and onion with a fresh squeeze of lime.
Another must-try is the chilla, a crepe made with besan flour, onion, mashed mung bean (moong dal) & garam masala and served with mint chutney and tomato chutney.
I end today’s trip by enjoying an authentic Kolkata papri chaat of mashed potato, with tomato tamarind chutney, coconut & coriander, and a wonderful frozen dessert.
With Anirban, from Calcutta Walks, we start our day by visiting the cluster of Bow Barracks. The locality is a small hub of mainly the Anglo-Indian population who have lived here for generations. They are also famous for their Christmas celebration.
Small Buddhist history sequence in The Bauddha Dharmankur Sabha (the Bengal Buddhist Association). It was founded in the year 1892 by the Most Venerable Kripasaran Mahasthavir for the regeneration and revival of Buddhism in India and was a contemporary of the Anagarika Dharmapala, the Founder of the Maha Bodhi Society of India
Then it’s time to enjoy some delicious baked goods in Ajmeri, a seven-generations old institution where they bake delicious English white bread and a wonderful Christmas cake.
A few steps away is Sufia restaurant. They serve their interpretation of nihari, a slow-cooked stew. Usually, you eat with some dal poori, a deep-fried Indian bread stuffed with lentils. And that was pretty awesome!
Here is my spots selection you should visit when you’re in the area:
Toong On Church
A red bricks architectural marvel temple
Sea Ip Church
A 1905 building temple, dedicated to the Goddess Kwan Yin. Note that the ground floor is a library, a perfect place to interact with people from this community.
The legendary manufacturer of sauce, noodles & jams since 1954 in Kolkata
Tung Nam Eating House
An institution: Chinese food at its best, where you can taste classical signatures, some are even “Indianized” as Anirban says.
Join us for dinner, as Madu will cook us some mouthwatering dishes: saag, pumpkin with red chickpeas, bottle gourd with shrimps and a fantastic yoghurt curry of carp.
You can now enjoy these dishes in my restaurants, like the Goat Nihari in Will St., the fried chicken in Honey & Smoke, the Roti Prata in Mama San, and so on…
Back to College Street, Kolkata, in the popular (and very crowded) Indian coffee house with Anirban, from Calcutta Walks, to close my journey in one the world’s best street food paradise.