The streets of Bombay they say are paved with gold . I definitely haven’t seen any gold on Mumbai’s streets but I do know it’s pavements are filled with hawkers.
Apart from the regular vegetable and fruit sellers, you have all kinds of vendors . Come December you have Tibetans selling sweaters. All year long you can find there people selling newspapers, vegetables and odds and ends like herbal medicines, toys and trinkets and even kitchen knives.
So Mumbai is like one big open air bazaar where you can find everything on your way to or from work. That is if you are walking to a bus stop or train station.
Food for thought
Mumbai is a busy city which seems to be in a constant state of motion . There are some commuters who literally travel miles to work. It is no wonder then that roadside food stalls are so common . Every now and then you will find tea stalls and sandwich stalls. People selling samosa , Bhaji Pao and dosas .
For a long while now, dosas have changed avatar from traditional to Punjabi with Palak paneer dosa and even International with the oriental Manchurian Cheese dosa which I must admit does taste good .
Infact these dosas are very popular at Mehndis and other minor wedding functions and I always make a bee line for the Manchurian cheese dosa.
But last week , while walking down to Nana’s Chowk, I was amazed to see this vendor selling pan fried VEG PIZZA on the road.
The fact that pizza has become street food means that Pizza is now part of the Indian culinary tradition.
And taking fusion to yet another level was this vendor selling a vegetarian Manchurian Bhel and a vegetarian Chinese Bhel.
Both stalls were doing brisk business with office goers and commuters grabbing a quick bite before jumping onto the local train from Grant Road station a few 100m away.
And finally, a little while away and closer to the Maharaja Bar , was the ubiquitous Boiled Egg seller that I had referred to in an earlier #FlavoursomeTuesdays.
Well, the Tibetan Sweater sellers haven’t yet descended on the pavement but a new flavour of international cuisine has made its presence felt.
Have you seen any innovative street foods in your city?
Do you have any memories, sweet and sour, revolving around food? If yes, then do share them with me and Shilpa, using the hashtag #FlavoursomeTuesdays, and have fun!
See you around !