Street Foods in Dhaka
Dhaka is known for its stunning variety of street food. With vendors on almost every corner, there’s no lack of options. Here are three traditional street snacks to tempt your taste buds:
• Fuchka/Phuchka- A blend of potatoes and chickpeas cooked with a variety of spices and vegetables and topped with tamarind sauce. The blend is scooped into a small, hollowed out crispy shell, llike a mini extra crispy Puri. Do like the locals and eat this treat in one bite! One of the best fuchkas in town can be experienced at Dhanmondi rd # 8 streetside.
• Chotpoti- Potatoes and Chickpeas are mixed with chillies, onions, tamarind sauce, salt and spices and served with grated hard boiled eggs. Since chotpoti is the filling that goes in fuchka, this can be eaten by itself at the same place in Dhanmondi rd #8 as well!
• Jhalmuri- A traditional Bengali snack, Jahlmuri starts with puffed rice. Like most street foods, there’s no set recipe, each chef will make this favourite their own. The most traditional additions are vegetables (onion, potato, chick peas, cucumber), spices (masala powder, coriander, ginger, salt), peanuts, mustard oil and lime juice. Jhalmuri is often served in a paper cone. Eat it with a fork or spoon if you must, but like most snacks, it tastes better if you use your fingers. One of the best jhalmuri experiences is at the Harvard of Bangladesh called “Dhaka University”. This snack is sold at any of the gate entrances of Dhaka universities and is enjoyed by some 100,000 students and locals alike.