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    we're in Kolkata India and this video is gonna be all about some crazy good street food we've got so many delicious eats lined up to share with you in this one the street food culture in Kolkata is one of the most exciting in India this is our third video from Kolkata and we're eating some of the city's tastiest food we start the day with one of the city's most popular breakfasts of tea and toast before devouring a traditional Bengali lunch of fish and mutton curries at one of the city's iconic Pice Hotels an establishment which has been around since 1938 watch out for a street food hub with a third-generation stall serving up a surprising twist on British fare, a frothy creamy beverage perfect for the Indian winter and stick around for some of Kolkata's famous deep fried snacks in this India series we'll show you some of the country's best food from heritage recipes to street food in India's local markets you don't want to miss this series get ready for some mouth-watering food I'm Thomas and I'm Sheena and we're Chasing a Plate we hope you're hungry let's eat India is such a special country to be in filming there's just so much going on here in everyday life but there is also so much street food I mean look at this strip here there's nothing but street food lined up there's not many countries in the world where the concentration of street food is as high as India we're already at our first stop for the day so we're gonna grab breakfast at this little place we've come to this chai stall or tea stall to order tea and toast for breakfast now chai stalls are common all around Kolkata all around India and they're always busy all hours of the day early morning right through the late evening and that's because the chai is always so good and this place is famous for its toast so let's go and order shupru pat ek chai and ek malai toast yes please ah sugar breakfast is served and look at this little bits of white toast with cream on top and we went for the sugar option so you can see all those huge sugar crystals all over there so you can get a salt version or a sugar version we've got a cup of chai to go with that I want to give you a quick look at this stand before I eat this because this is a very cool little street stand wow this looks so good the stand is neat so they're making the chai up here on the ledge really often here in India the stands are sort of raised up from the ground so he's sitting up there making the chai which smells incredible and then over the other side here this guy's doing the toast and cream and I've got to say it's the first ever street stall I've seen with a toaster he's got sort of a pretty much a normal home toaster there which is pretty cool I've never seen that at a street stall so he's whipping up the cream and toast so let's get into this actually let's go with this chai first cause it's just calling out my name look at that beautiful skin on the top there chai in India unreal Oh oh that is so good I got all of that skin oh so it's a milk based tea so a lot of milk a lot of sugar spices unreal I'm gonna have to give Sheena the chai so that I can use my hands for this toast so let's get a nice big piece of toast so literally toasted bread so toast nice thick white piece of bread with cream on top and sugar oh that is so good so it's a really thin cream basically like the cream off the top so they've skimmed it off the top it's still got a little bit of wateriness to it to it it's super creamy obviously there's a lot of sugar on there which really sweetens it up so it gives it a beautiful sweetness but the amount of sugar on there I thought that's gonna be a bit much maybe that's gonna take over from that cream but it hasn't you've still got the beautiful dairy flavors the creaminess from the cream oh that is so good it's so rich in your mouth it's not just full of sweetness it's richness in there that is delicious and you can see how busy this little stall is it's just a constant flow of people coming in and I mean like check this out so you've got street food stand street food stand street food stand street food stand fruit stand there is so much going on in India so this is the perfect way to start perfect way to start the video and the perfect breakfast right here in the middle of all the amazing chaos Kolkata is the capital of the state over West Bengal and there is no way that we could visit West Bengal and not eat a traditional Bengali meal and so when I was doing my research I was trying to find where we could eat a really sort of homestyle local Bengali feast and the same thing kept coming up time and time again and that was to go to a Pice Hotel so Pice Hotels are no frills restaurants serving sort of authentic Bengali dishes we've just arrived at the Pice Hotel it's been around since 1938 so let's go and eat it's quite a pokey little space so it's upstairs and they said to get here really early because the best dishes sell out real quick so I hope we're here in time shuupu shondha kemon achen, two please do you have a rui maachar jhol and mutton kasha yeah perfect thank you now I ordered a couple of traditional Bengali dishes so a mutton curry and a fish dish and then I think what happens is you get like a default meal with rice and dal and whatnot so I'm not really sure what happens we'll see what comes before our food comes I want to just see if we can have a bit of a nosey into the kitchen so this is part of the kitchen here and you can see all of the different dishes set up there's fish there's meat all sorts and then if we come over here they are cooking up huge pots of dal so you can see it cooking over charcoal wow the smell is beautiful shushadu how neat what a feast, shushadu it looks so good thank you okay so our meals have arrived and whoa they are huge and they look delicious and smell so good Pice hotels are where locals come to eat traditional homestyle cooking so dishes that your Mum or your Grandma would cook and this is exactly the type of food that Thomas and I were really keen on finding and what has shown up looks so good let me talk you through what we've got okay so this here is the rui maachar jhol it is a traditional Bengali fish curry that's the piece of fish in the middle there and then this here is the mutton kasha so that's a Bengali mutton curry mutton in India is actually goat this here is a little pot of potatoes chips so very crispy be great to add some texture to all of these curries and then we've got a pile of rice we ordered one dal to share between us the Pice system is that everything is priced individually so every single dish is priced individually right down to the lime that's on our rice to the banana leaf and then to the little clay cups that the water is served in the big pots of dal cooking out in that open kitchen were awesome bubbling away what I'm gonna do is just pour some on my rice and then I might just chuck some potato chips on the side here I love this potato crisps with our meal and then I might go for this this mutton curry first so get some of that gravy on that rice and then a bit of that meat so this is a really low and slow cooking style style dish so the mutton is cooked for a long time with a ton of aromatics so ginger garlic lots of tomatoes spices then meat is beautiful tender as anything it's got a great hit of chilli heat so it's very spicy quite a sharp spice but you can also taste the tomato flavor and all of those spices in there so the ginger or the aromatics the ginger the garlic it's amazing mix up that dal through that rice I may get some of these potato chips add a bit of that texture the potato chips are very crispy and that dal so creamy full of turmeric I want to get into this fish now so this fish the Rohu or the Rui is actually a fish from this region of Bengal so you can see here a big piece of fish I don't know if there's bones in there but I find with eating with your fingers it makes it very easy to pick apart all of those bones and whatnot so oh yep there's bones in there for sure let's just get a big piece of this fish it's fried golden so you can see there and quite big bones so look at that big bones in there so pull those out the the gravy that it's cooked in is made up of ginger and garlic and lots of turmeric the gravy is so creamy very subtle you can still taste all of the aromatics and the spices but it's very nice and gentle there's no sharp burst of heat or anything like that I love the concept of these Pice hotels where everything is priced individually because you don't have to spend the earth I'm looking around and seriously some people are just eating rice and dal whereas other people have got seafood they've got meat they've got a huge feast in front of them so if you want to cut down on cost you could go without the banana leaf you could go without the clay cup and just drink from a a aluminium cup it's a really neat concept and the food it's so good that was such a great meal my hand's actually stained from the turmeric in all of those curries and the flavor of the mustard seeds and whatnot are just lingering in my mouth whoa onwards to the next spot we are now in Deckers lane now this is one of the street food hubs here in Kolkata and so there's a lot of street food all the way up this laneway but like any good street food sort of hub you can always tell the best places from the biggest crowds and this stall here is very famous with a really interesting dish this is a chicken stew which comes with toast which sounds very dull but you've got to check this out it's a very interesting dish with great history very unique history this is the most famous stall on Deckers Lane and it is famous for a chicken stew like Thomas said and it is fourth generation so it's been around for over 70 years we've got to move forward and put our order in shuupu shondha, kemon achen, good, only a tiny bit so ek chicken stew ek toast please this stall is absolutely all go you can see the constant line oh dhonnobad, napkins you can see the constant line of people and they're using all the space available so down underneath in this tiny little gap they're cooking the bread so toasting the bread over charcoal that's hidden down underneath above that they've got a little pot of stew on the burner they've got another big pot of stew hiding under the counter this guy's doing the tea it is all action this guy's doing the dishes right here in front of me right in the middle of the lane and middle of all the action let's get into the stew this is a super cool street stall all action like I said and the stew looks super interesting but I was saying this is quite a unique dish and I think it is I mean if you look at it to me I think it just looks like an English stew and essentially that's what makes this unique so India was colonized by the British and this is a leftover from that period but it's been twisted and changed into a Indian style chicken stew so you've got your chicken stew which is in this very thin sauce you see a whole lot of pepper on that got a carrot in the stew and this here is actually papaya so very lightly colored pieces of papaya you've got some toast that's been cooked over the charcoals a little bit of butter and a little bit of salt and pepper on there let's just get a little bit of that broth that the stew is in Oh yum very simple in flavour good hit of that pepper from that it's got a bunch of spices I'm just gonna rip into this chicken whoa this is a bit tough with one hand I don't want to drop all my stew on the ground oh yeah there we go huge big bit of chicken hmm very mild in flavour so nicely spiced a big hit of pepper cause there's a lot of pepper on that chicken chicken the chicken is a little bit tough not super tender, not falling off the bone but a lovely mild taste very much unlike you expect in India it's much milder than you normally get with food here and I think that is a hang on from the British side where British food can be a little bit more mild but so they've used a few more spices and lifted it more to the Indian taste oh the papaya that's really taken on the flavor just dunk some of this peppery buttery toast in there mm oh man yeah I think I said it's got a little bit of butter and some pepper actually it's got a lot of butter and it's soaked right through that bread it exploded in my mouth with butter that is an insanely good addition now I can see now why everyone gets this toast with this stew because that takes it up so many notches let's really get it sodden that's what it's all about for me I'd happily have just this broth the toast and the papaya I'm so glad there's two bits of this peppery buttery bread because that's totally the winner on this tray of food but I love the atmosphere I mean look how everyone's just lined up on these bench seating along the lane we've still got cars and motorbikes coming through it's absolutely full on and it's very neat there's a dog just right behind Sheena there's crows all around us very cool environment that chicken stew was super tasty now as we were eating I was noticing everyone was finishing their chicken stew and then making a making a beeline to this shop right here because they are serving full cream hot milk they've got this big like a wok full of hot milk so let's go and order a glass shuupu shondha kemon achen can we have one milk please ek milk, yep thank you wow all right that looks so good oh and some cream off the top oh perfect wow dhonnobad that was really neat watching him do it so he scooped some of the milk out of this big pot added a bit of sugar asked me if I wanted sugar pulled it so to froth it up a bit so from one glass one pot to another pulled it and then he scooped you can see here the cream on the top and he scooped a bit of that cream and popped it on the top it's piping hot this thing looks so creamy super fluffy sweet creamy silky it's very hot that's delicious I love the stall too so they're cooking over charcoal it's heating that milk it's so bubbly and frothy and then the guy on the inside is serving up some other desserts I think there's lassi there as well and this lane it's just all action so there's street food that way if you look behind me here there's street food this way and it's just packed with people constant foot traffic there's ohhh so good had to have another taste there's constant foot traffic constant motorbikes honking it's just all wild eating street food on the streets of India is like no other experience in the world it's just phenomenal makes you feel so alive Kolkata has a really vibrant street food culture and Kolkatans really love to eat they're passionate about eating now with street food you can eat it all hours of the day obviously there are endless opportunities but once night falls certain vendors come out and it's just gone five o'clock which means it's the perfect time for a bit of fried food we just arrived at this famous stall they do all sorts of fried food actually you can see all right here all of their different fried foods and cutlets sort of like croquettes let's order shuupu shondha kemon achen, good so much good food can I have ek mutton chop and ek fish fry yeah I'll eat here thank you dhonnobad I've got the goods but before we get into it I just want to show you the cooking set up so come over whoa shuupu shondha it's so neat so they've got this bag vat of bubbling hot oil and all of the bread crumbed food is going straight in there so you can see that stack the trays of all of the food up there all crumbed ready to go into that hot oil whoa I can't wait to eat this this stall is so busy they're churning out all of the fried foods and everyone's tucking in standing on the side of the street now everything was in Bengali script so I'm not a hundred percent sure what the menu is made up of but I ordered a fish fry and also a mutton fry or a mutton chop which is sort of a cutlet so as you can see you've got the the piece of protein which is just bread crumbed chucked into that hot oil and then it comes with a splodge of mustard and also some cucumber carrot and I think I see maybe even some beetroot so let's get into this one I think this might be the fish fry oh no whoa look at that this is the mutton chop so it's got mutton in there bits of mutton and also some capsicum stick it in that mustard hmm oh that's good that wasn't what I was expecting it's fantastic please so it's got onion there's some I think maybe coriander in there and then the mutton is sort of like a more of a paste that mustard was perfect with it gave it a bit of heat very savoury quite salty and the crumb is very dry so it's not oily I've eaten more of this mutton chop and it's actually not capsicum at all it's a mix of coriander and green chilli really strong in that mouthful the first mouthful that I had didn't have much of that in there wow that's really good let's get into this fish alright lets rip a piece off of that oh look at that so you've got the the fish in there and then also actually a layer of what was in the mutton so greens and also onion hmm very good it's a lot more subtle than the mutton so the fish is very flaky quite mild so tasty

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