What do I get to eat at Chinese breakfast, Tiretta bazar

Ok, So we know there’s a famed chinese breakfast happening in Kolkata – but questions always come to our minds …. Where is it ? when its set up ? Which items do I get there ? And many more. Let us find out…

Where to go and when to go ?

Let us first clarify the location. From The central metro station, if one walks towards Poddar court, on the left, there comes a small mosque, the adjacent wide lane hosts this breakfast. Its there on 7 days a week, but normally is at its full glory during sundays- with more food varieties and more stock. The timing is normally 6 AM- 730 AM (max they stay on sundays is till 830 AM- but items tend to disappear, so why take a chance ?)

You can check the location on google map here

Lot of people will be there- so there’s no chance for one to miss the show. But, hygiene freaks and fine-dining persons may choose to have the food inside their cars (brought from outside), but then what’s the fun in that ?

What to expect:

Let’s start the day at the farthest corner towards Chhatawalla Gully with some steaming hot soup. they make it in 2 varieties- pork and fish…. The farthest corner stall towards Chhatawalla Gully is headed by Ms. Bobby Wong and she makes a fantastic pork / fish ball soup. 2 balls with enough soup costs around 40/- and is a delight. The condiments (black peeper and salted soya sauce) are served separately on the table and can be added as per individual taste.

 

Next few stalls serve mostly steamed meat filled buns, sui mai (chinese variant for momo) and dumplings. The buns are pretty heavy and can easily be shared by 2. Normal pricing for all these items around 30-45/- each.. Pork is heavily used in these dishes, but chicken and fish varieties are also available.

The next set which we found out are baked chicken buns (somewhat like patties) and fried chicken/ Pork spring rolls…. Frankly, I didn’t like them much.

I found some interesting Rice Zung. Its basically rice with lentil and pork wrapped in bamboo leaf and steamed. They come out to be something really nice and sticky. I had some, only to be consumed at home…

Smoked crispy pork belly is available in the adjacent lane, chhatawalla gully. They sell it at 500/- a kg and looked quite yummy (but certain things are to be left only to be attacked next time). This person didn’t quite encourage shooting without buying, hence, the below result. 

After all these, if one is still brave enough to venture further, he/she will find the desserts. They normally keep sweet rice zung, rice pudding with seasame seeds, sticky sweet vegetable pudding and rice pudding with grated coconut. All of these come around 15/- a piece. 

Please note: the breakfast items here, are not at all something extra ordinary- neither in taste, nor in appearance. So, the only reason someone might go to this place, is the experience and word of mouth publicity. It might have been good previously, but now, it’s actually a sad state of affair. 

You can check on my blogpost on breakfast in Tangra here

You can check chinese breakfast offerings in another good south Kolkata joint here

We were full and I was planning to buy some cooking items (orange peel, green tea etc) and I moved to the Hap Hing Shop. Its one of the oldest chinese provision and medicine store. Its an old-fashioned shop with dark wood interior, a mysterious old-world smell and headed by the old lady Stella Chen. Shelves are stacked with the most amazing oriental provisions. Exotic green tea,  pickled plums, rice noodle, orange peels, sun dried mushrooms, pink edged prawn wafers and what not. They also stores a collection of Chinese Medicine from the Tiger Balm to strange medicated oils with miraculous cures. But, one needs to know what to look for and Ms. Chen would love to hand it across. The shop is normally open from 6-10 AM everyday except during the chinese new year time.

Most of us will be knowing, but this lady still is using an abacus instead of calculator and is quite comfortable with it.

Ok, so, we’re over. No, its time to go over and over again, at least during the winter time. Car parking is not a problem in the mornings and hence can be taken.

See you there this weekend then.

Bon apetite !!!

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I can be reached at 9903528225 / indrajit.lahiri@ymail.com

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Sharmista says:

    This is the first detailed info I have got on this place. Great writeup and research. Thanks a lot.

    1. Glad that you liked it. Pls share if you feel like

  2. Tomek says:

    Well, very nice:-). It was really nice to read you. Best regards

  3. Surja says:

    Thank you for the detailed article. Love going to this place again and again.

    1. Indrajit Lahiri says:

      But, the food quality has gone down drastically lately, Just go at your own risk

  4. Torsha says:

    Jetei hobe dekhchi. Thank you for letting us know .

    1. Indrajit Lahiri says:

      Please

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