Ahh….the famous Chinese Breakfast of Kolkata.
After about 30 years of my life in Kolkata, I finally dropped down to Tiretti Bazaar in the early morning to taste some of the delicacies that Chinese people love to have as breakfast. This love for food makes you do so many different things, like, for me, waking up early in the morning. 😀
It was a complete ruckus here. Who says Kolkata is a sleeping city. I was just amazed by the crowd that gathers in the morning in this market. Parking was a breeze in the morning too. To reach here, just reach Poddar Court, go behind it and it all starts from there. Here’s the Google Pin!!
To start with, this Chinese Breakfast thingy is restricted to about 7-8 street stalls, rest everything is a proper market. You can get anything from fruits, vegetables, chicken, pork, meat etc. in a small stretch of road. There are some Chinese people residing in Kolkata who have settled here since long and Tiretti Bazaar is the place where they bring their wares in the early morning. So good to see authentic Chinese people in our city.
After some street photography, it was time for food tasting. There are immense lot of food items that can be found here. The obvious choice for me were the Dumplings. They come in fried and steamed versions, with an option of Pork, Chicken and Fish. They can be had with a steaming bowl of clear soup. Add some spicy sauce to it, and you will be in for some morning fire.
Another addition to the clear soup are the Fish or Pork Balls. These fish balls are spherical in shape and better to have with Chilli Sauce or Soy Sauce separately.
Then there were Fried Wontons available in all the above meaty options. Apart from the regular, general options, there were “BAOS” available. Its a bread filled with the meat of your choice and steamed, just like a dumpling. Then there were Pork Rolls available, again, both in fried and steamed versions. The way they display their food is so colorful and appealing and you shall be compelled to ask about it.
Another interesting dish that I found out was called Chang Yuan Paan or commonly known as vegetable dumplings. Well, these are not the regular veg options of the dumplings, but these are wrapped in bamboo leaves and then steamed. These look very greenish and neat.
We had these sweet little buns that were crunchy to the core. The sausages looked so slick and tender. There are tons of other options available which I could not venture into exploring. I heard there is a Pork shop just round the corner where raw meat is cut and prepared in front of you. There is a smoked pork version also available.
If you want an experience of a different kind and seek solace in cultural abundance, then this is the place for you. A photographer’s delight I should say. The remnants of history merged with modern touch makes it a good place to be. But, the food taste is nowhere worth it. The soups are not great, the dumplings are Ok. There are lots of better options easily available across the city. I would recommend to visit here just for experiencing the place and not expect much from the food.