Whenever anyone plans a trip to any city, whether it be for leisure, official or studies, they generally try to find out the specialized cuisine of that city and more importantly the street food. Any visit to Chennai needs to include the famous food in Chennai and a visit to the places serving famous street food in Chennai. Chennai offers traditional Tamil dishes like idli, dosa, vada, sambar rice, meals, Pongal, adai, etc. In addition, finding dishes from other cuisines and innovative Tamil dishes cooked with a twist by adding other flavours is quite common. Where street food is concerned, it does in no way lag behind the other metros.
Explore the best street food in Chennai
The famous food in Chennai starts with a steaming cup of filter coffee. You can have this rejuvenating cup of filter coffee at any time of the day along with any kind of food. So taste the authentic filter coffee and get blown away by the fresh feeling at Madras Coffee House.
You can start your morning with the best street food in Chennai, the idli. The ideal place to have soft, fluffy, pure white, moist and perfectly round idlis with hot sambar and spicy chutney is at Murugan Idli Shop. This is a chain of eateries across Chennai. They serve idlis with steaming hot sambar and a variety of chutneys. You can have idlis at every nook and corner in Chennai. However, a visit to Murugan Idli shop is a must.
Any visit to Chennai is incomplete without a visit to one of the beaches, especially the Marina beach. Sundal, the famous street food in Chennai is available at all beaches. This dish is made out of boiled chickpeas garnished with mustard seeds, dried chilies, finely chopped onions and shredded coconut. A visit to the beach is incomplete without munching on this healthy snack.
While strolling down the Marina beach, if you suddenly have a yearning for Chinese food, pay a visit to Titanic Food Corner. You will get the best Indian version of Chinese food that is filling and pocket-friendly. For people on a shoestring budget, this is the best food place in Chennai.
‘Bajji from the beach’ portrays the true sense of Tamilnadu and Madras – the erstwhile Chennai. A stroll down the beach is not complete without munching on the best street food in Chennai – hot molaga bajjis with chutney only to jump and sweat in the hotness of the bajji. Some of the other choices of bajjis are ‘Vazhaka’ and ‘Urulai kilanku’ bajji.
What’s so great in a sandwich? A visit to Royal Sandwich at Alwarpet will totally change your thinking. Along with the normal sandwiches, they offer unique sandwiches made out of Maggi, Lays, chocolate, etc. to tantalise your taste buds. Opened in 2000 by Sheik Anna, this sandwich joint has an ever increasing popularity. It is a must try to check the versatility of your food choice.
One of the best food places in Chennai is Anmol Lassi-wala. On a hot sweltering day in summers, a cool glass of lassi provides the much-needed relief. You can hop into Anmol Lassi-wala to cool yourself with a glass of amazing lassi or buttermilk. Don’t forget to taste their speciality – the Kesar Lassi.
Are you a fan of Tibetan cuisine, especially momos? Well, you can relish some authentic Tibetan food at one of the best food places in Chennai, Kailash Kitchen with varieties of tasty momos (chicken, beef and vegetarian), thukpas, and a delightful chilly beef dish. Kailash Kitchen is a small place made out of bamboo with some Tibetan flags and a picture of Dalai Lama. The way of ordering food is also unique – stand in front of the Dalai Lama photo and ring the bell under it, a waiter will arrive even before the sound of the bell has died down. You need to also taste the Alu Ping She, Thai rice noodles and Tsow Tse Mein.
These are small dumplings made out of idli batter, either fried or steamed served with sambar or chutney is one of the best street foods in Chennai. There is a sweet variety too made out of jaggery.
During 1960’s unrest in Burma, many Burmese people migrated to Chennai. They have set up a market called Burma Bazaar. The different and delicious cuisine that they brought with them can be tasted in the food stalls in Burma Bazaar. The famous ones are atho noodles and the stuffed egg masala. The Burmese food adds a distinctive and different flavour to the famous food in Chennai. You can also pay a visit to Atho Man to taste the distinct Burmese style noodles.
A local roadside snack made out of mushrooms is a must try on Arcot Road. For the uninitiated, the Kaalan is best described as a chaat made of mushrooms.
This is a famous local dish that is a spicy, tangy, thick gravy made out of vathal that are nothing but dried vegetables. You can pay a visit to Andhikakkadai, which is famous for this dish.
A trip to Chennai is incomplete without a taste of the best street food in Chennai. Take time out to find and taste all the mouth-watering street foods in Chennai. Don’t forget to let us know about your experience.