One of the major tourist attractions are the street food of all the places all over the world. In the Philippines, we got loads of them, from the famous and most dreaded BALUT, adidas, isaw, mami, tokwa at baboy, banana cue, halo-halo, dirty ice cream, and the list goes on and on. Most of us can still remember those food we grow up with and cannot stop ourselves having those nostalgic moments thinking whilst reminiscing the past. These we part of our growing up! We can still remember Manong Potpot, Kalembang, Tambay sa Tindahan, and those of our neighbors who are not culinary excellent but we do patronize their food. I was once part of those Vendors selling Halo-halo and some other ‘palamig’ every summer in front of our house.
We’ve got an invite from one of our PR Friends saying:
Thursday, 12 September at 7pm
Launch of Indian Street Food Festival
Featuring live Chaat, Pav Bhaji and Vada Pav counters and an a la carte menu of more than 15 popular street food delicacies.
Claypot, Citymax Hotels Bur Dubai, Kuwait Street, Bur Dubai
All the elements on what we are looking for it there! Thursday – check; Street Food – Check; Names we don’t recognize – check; and more names (15 more!) – check; Citymax Bur Dubai – check… FREE FOOD – BIG CHECK!
Of course since this is held in a hotel – there is a sense of security that the next day we will still be alive! Though I know we are adventurous, but sometimes there’s still something at the back of our mind that question of safety. Claypot here we COME!
We started by a simple Orientation. Komal Shukla, one the hotels staff (who is from North India herself) walk us thru on all the things we need to learn. She knows what she was talking about. You can feel that these are the food she was munching all her life growing up on those streets of India.
First course was the famous Dahi Puri. We were given fork and knife but we are not sure if street food should be eaten with utensils. So we asked our guide and she said that it should be done in 1 big mouthful! It is sort of a stuffed puffed pastry with loads of anything you can think of inside, served with chopped coriander leaves. We do not have like this in the Philippines!
Second Course was different Pakoda’s Chilies included! it should be dipped in mint chutney. It is the kind of Okoy or vegetable kwek-kwek compared to the Pinoy Street Food. I love the round fried dal.
Next were the Pavs! Not sure what are those but they seems to be not for streets. It should be eaten with a plate and utensils! We can compare it with turo-turo, or maybe pancit habhab! It was served with a bun (pandesal) and it has a vegetarian option. It was crossed between ensaladang talong with ground meat. It looks strange but yummy!
Finally, we had the Buttered Chicken served with a bread inside the Claypot! This finished it off – truly my favorite!
All in all, the experience was truly amazing! We were amazed with the hospitality of this North Indian outlet inside Citymax Hotel (Claypot at Citymax Bur Dubai). The Street Food Festival was truly amazing! Let’s explore the streets of India inside this outlet.
Note: Some photos were provided by Cristina from CTT Consulting FZ LLC (CTT Consulting).