Street foods of the past decade.
So, we are all set to bid goodbye to a whole decade and welcome another one – a new decade that awaits us with new experiences, trends, new foods and a lot more. The past decade saw an array of street foods making its way into our plates and more so, on our Instagram feeds. Some of them even got the celebs talking! While street food of India has always garnered a huge fan following, the past decade, however, got many to sit up and take note; all thanks to the internet and social media. While we still can’t get enough of the good old chaats and gol gappe, there have been many new additions in the past decade that attracted more people to the streets for some lip-smacking food.
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Here, we have 7 of the best street foods of the decade that caught everyone’s attention.
Let’s face the truth; there is no part of Delhi that is devoid of a popular momo stall! The dumpling delicacy is a rage and how. A decade ago, momo stalls were sparse but today one cannot cross a street without seeing at least one vendor selling the Tibetan snack. Cashing on the hype around this juicy stuffed snack, almost every cafe, restaurant or eatery is trying to give this delicacy their own, innovative spin today. By now, we have seen innumerable of these, from tandoori momos, gravy momos to even chocolate momos, and yet, we can’t get enough of it.
2. Laping Noodle
Another one from the Tibetan cuisine, Laping or Lhaphing is a spicy cold mung bean noodle dish that has a slippery texture and is often served with soy sauce gravy. Go to Majnu ka tila in Delhi and you simply cannot afford to miss this refreshing summer food. Made from extracting starch from the mung bean, potatoes, and wheat flour, it is cooked and left overnight. Lhaphing has a peculiar yet balanced flavour that makes it a great appetiser. One can have it with soups or dumplings.
(Also Read: Top 6 Places To Eat in Majnu Ka Tila, Delhi’s Little Tibet)
Photo Credit: Aditi Dhillon
3. Daulat Ki Chaat
Yes, we know Daulat ki chaat is decades old but it got the popularity it deserved when Priyanka Chopra gobbled down an entire bowl of Daulat ki chaat while in Delhi. The creamy dessert is one-of-a-kind dessert from the streets of Old Delhi and goes by the names of Nimish in Lucknow and Malaiyyo in Banaras. It is typically a winter speciality since it is made by churning milk rigorously overnight. The creamy foam that collects on top is scooped out, mixed with sugar and served with a topping of nuts. Even though ‘daulat’ in Hindi refers to ‘wealth’, one can find a plate of this feather-light, decadent dessert in the by-lanes of Old Delhi for not more than INR 10-20. A beautiful sight for your Instagram feed, no wonder even PC couldn’t resist sharing it on social media.