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Kolkata’s bhetki, Thailand's karee puff: Offbeat street food debuts on Bengaluru menus

Moving on from routine chaat, dining menus are now dotted with evolved regional snacks.

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Last Updated: Oct 04, 2018, 02.57 PM IST|Original: Oct 04, 2018, 02.57 PM IST
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BENGALURU: Sophisticated street food from the bylanes and back alleys of the world is the trending segment at premium Bengaluru restaurants. Moving on from routine chaats such as pav bhaji and bhel puri, dining menus are now dotted with evolved regional snacks that tell a tale.

Crumb-fried bhetki fish from Kolkata’s Beadon Street, karee puff of North Thailand and chicken tamale sold in baskets in Mexico — unexplored street food is making it to chef ’s tables now.

Gastropub Monkey Bar is hosting a Kolkata street food festival this month. Head chef Dheeraj Varma collaborated with Kolkata-based home chef Iti Misra to navigate the lanes of the City of Joy to curate this menu. It features the best of street food from top 25 food joints. Examples are moong daal pakodi chaat from Victoria Vada Chaat, betki fish roll from Mitra Café on Beadon Street and Vivekanand Park ghooghni.

He says, “Kolkata has been a catchment for chefs including the famous Gordon Ramsay. There is more to Bengali street food than kathi rolls.”

Chef Manish Uniyal has covered the length and breadth of India to add offbeat street food to his upcoming menu at Hyatt Centric. Khasta puri and nagori halwa from Ambala, kanji vada from Delhi, and Burmese atho and mohinga pot soup from Chennai are some names. “There is so much more to street food in India that deserves attention. Chefs must bring new to the table and share the trivia behind unique foods,” says Uniyal.
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Tamale or the corn-based street snack sold in baskets on carts in Mexico has made it to the Sanchez menu. Ilayada or Mexican pizza is prepared for special menus. “Street food, from any part of the world, is tasty. It is made live and served fresh,” says chef Vikas Seth.
To divert the diner’s stereotypical mindset from chicken satay as Thailand’s mainstream food, Chef Prashanth Puttaswamy of The Fatty Bao has curated a festival menu with discoveries from northern part of the country. “We are serving street snacks such as crab omelette, breakfast-staple karee puff, green banana and grilled eggplant salad and rice flour fish dumplings from regions like Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Pai and Sukhothai,” says Puttaswamy.

Food blogger Nikhilesh Murthy explains, “Sophisticated street food is part of the hyper-localisation trend in the F&B industry. The food truck movement and hawker’s markets have made this segment catchy. Diners are tired of fancy and want simple, relatable and authentic food now. Street food, thus, is our chefs’ new muse.”

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