What is Street Food?
All human beings dine, meaning that their food is prepared or processed in various ways, and there are rules of conduct in the ways that it is eaten. As social animals, humans usually dine with others within families, among friends, or in public settings. Public dining comes in many forms, from various kinds of indoor restaurants to such organizational meals as church suppers and fish fries, to summer picnics. Worldwide, the most common form of public dining is known as street food. This phrase covers many kinds of venues and lots of varieties of food.
Today, roughly 2.5 billion people around the planet eat street food. An ordinary definition of the term „street food‰ is a food prepared by a vendor and sold from an open-air stand, cart, truck, or perhaps a market stall. The food served is usually in the fast and snack food categories; that is, prepared quickly from premade ingredients and served in a timely fashion. Street food is also usually eaten out of hand, meant to be consumed on the spot or while walking. Street food has broader definitions and meanings than simply snacks eaten by people on the move. Street food is commercial because it is made by individual entrepreneurs and sold to customers. It is food that belongs to cities and towns, anywhere where people gather for business or even recreation.
Chennai has been the hub for a lot of folks from all across the country since the British ruled us, which clearly means that there is a variety of chat bandaids that are absolutely not to be missed.
So the next time it rains in Chennai (which is quite a frequent activity) we suggest you try these street food joints for spicy, tangy time.
1. KARISHMA PANI POORI SHOP
This place is the first outlet one should try in Chennai for chaat. We don’t know what’s magic he does, but the Pani Puri plate is yummi-licious. And you definitely cannot stop at just one or two or even three. You can reach this shop @Location: Near Rangoli Sarees, Nungambakkam High Road.
2. ROYAL SANDWICH SHOP
Sometimes you crave for all that masala between two layers of soft bread and even though you could make one at home, you will still run to Royal Sandwich. Their blends of sandwiches at extremely reasonable prices are too good to be true. You can reach this shop @Location: 159/160, T.T.K Road, Alwarpet.
3.SUNDAL AND CHAAT AT BEACHES
If you are at any of the popular beaches especially Marina and Elliots, then the chaat in the form of Sundal will come to you. All you need to do is have 20 bucks on you and a great spot to enjoy the view while you gobble this popular Chennai delight. You can reach this shop @Location: Marina And Elliots Beach.
4.OSB HOT AND CHAAT
A legendary restaurant that is known for its chat collection is OSB Hot Chaat. They have recently opened another chaat store. You can reach this shop @Location: 82, Lake View Road, West Mambalam.
5. AJANABI MITHAI GHAR
Well, Ajnabi is no stranger for all those who have been in Chennai for quite some time now. And, Egmore is expected to have at least one chaat outlet that will teleport to you to another city altogether. After all, that chaat, make sure that you have some sweets to balance your spice. You can reach this shop @Location: 149, Fountain Plaza, Pantheon Road, Egmore.
6. KAKADA RAMPRASAD
The magic of mint street in Sowcarpet is one that no chaat lover will ever forget. The major outlet being Kakada Ramprasad, which serves some lip-smacking kachoris and samosa chaat. Do have the popular Anmol lassi an ex-wrestler who has stall adjacent to this eatery. You can reach this shop @Location: 348, Mint Street, 1st Floor, Sowcarpet.
7. VENKATRAMANA BOLI STALL
For a traditional chaat or snack time, head to Venkatraman Boli stall that is not only authentic but also a clean stall that serves mouthwatering boil. Make sure that you only go here and not try other places which are not good in taste. You can reach this shop @Location: 58 Thambiah Road, West Mambalam.
8. ALSA MALL BREAD OMELETTE
A Must visit place if you land here in Chennai, Surely the best Bread Omelette one can ever taste in the whole of South India. Simply the best taste and Value For Money in every bite. You can reach this shop @Location: Outside Alsa Mall, Egmore.
Another hot spot for Khakra, Aloo chips and Dabeli is Links. They may look like a dingy place to eat at, but their specials and flavors make up for it in a large way. The corn canapes here are to die for. You can reach this shop @Location: 22, Raja Annamalai Road, Purasavakkam (also outlets at Arumbakkam and George Town).
10. MEHTAAS VADA PAV
If you are looking for a quick recharge spot on the Poonamalle road, look no further than Mehtaas vada pav, that seems to be here just to delight you. With just 200 bucks in your wallet, you can fill yourself on mayo cheese pav, corn cheese pav, Pani Puri, and some juice. Location: 22/9, Raja Annamalai Road, Purasawalkam.
11. KACHOORI, PATNI PLAZA
Probably the best Kachori you can find in North Madras a.k.a Chennai, simply outstanding with its texture on top and the stuffing inside is simply insane. Location: Patni Plaza, Sowcarpet.
12. THATTU VADAI SETTU KADAI
The name itself makes you want the try the food. Placed in one of the central areas of Chennai, this place serves you murukku settu, manga settu, norukkal, among the many varieties that bring the flavor of Salem in your food. Also, you could have the original goli soda here. Location: Shop 23, Groceteria, Lloyds Road, Gopalapuram.
The true and authentic Burmese cuisine in the whole of South India, best served here at Chennai @ Burma Bazaar, one of the must visit places if you want to eat noodles in a different taste altogether. Location: Indian Bank backside, Parry’s corner, Burma
Bazaar (Opp. Beach Station).
14. KAALAN KADAI
Mushrooms are cooked in a curry with a low flame and served hot with onions and a spicy gravy for just 15 bucks, pocket-friendly and the best snack you can have to fill your tummy on the spot. Location: Pari Salai, Mogappair East.
15. PAV BHAAJI, NOVELTY
Buttery pav with an awesome curry for 25 bucks. Make sure you are not allergic to fat so that you can have a whole lot of fun having these pavs bhajji to the fullest. Location: Novelty, Sowcarpet.
Last but not least is Delhi 6 which is located towards the Kanchipuram side. They are one of those who serve you pakoras, including bread pakora. That ought to bring some back some memories from all those rainy days spent at home. There are always Kalaans for a quick bite and Hot chips for a decent dine in, but nothing beats these authentic outlets. Location: Illaiyar Koil Street, SRM Back Gate, Potheri, Kanchipuram District.