Few things in life can make me wake up early in the morning and run out of the house/hotel in the t-shirt I slept in. Pork buns are one of them.
A couple of months ago, I came across this blog post where I read about the Chinese breakfast market in Kolkata. With a trip to Kolkata coming up soon, for me, finding that post was like fate acting in my favour.
And so my second day in Kolkata began (after hitting the snooze button three times) with a sumptuous breakfast at the Tiretti (sometimes referred to as Tiretta) Bazaar.
Important things first, here’s what we (travel buddy and I) ate:
Pork buns, fish siu mai and fish ball soup – yum, yum and yum. Sadly, I didn’t find the crab crackers that I read about elsewhere. There were also fried dumplings, which we didn’t try. We paid a total of INR 160. Even the street food in Kolkata is really cheap compared to Bangalore.
When I spoke to the lady who sold us the fish ball soup, she told me that the soup was made by a Chinese lady who lived in the area. Every morning, she would bring the soup here and sell it for INR 40 a bowl. And this was her only income. That early morning vat of soup was her bread and butter. Wow.
Now, for some reason, I imagined the market to be much bigger. When we got there, both travel buddy and I were struck by a mutual thought – Is this it? One of the vendors confirmed our doubts.