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Food court, DU style

Vishwavidyalaya Metro station area looks like a food court this admission season.

india Updated: Jun 02, 2010 01:21 IST
Namya Sinha

With the admission season on, the area around Vishwavidyalaya Metro station in North Campus, Delhi University, has become a serious foodie zone. The place these days look more like a food court for campus students. Kiosks selling fast food refreshments such as chips, cold drinks, pastries, spring rolls, cold coffee, patties have mushroomed all around, turning it into a hangout zone for student.

Students hogging on to the ‘4-minute maggi’ has become a regular sight. A popular fast food joint known for the ice creams has opened up luring students to ice creams with such youthful names like ‘nutty buddy’.

There is food for every pocket size from a plate of chholay kulcha at Rs 12 to a chocolate pastry at Rs 45. Street food vendors too are doing their bit for this foodie’s zone outside the station.

Phool Singh, selling boiled bhutta (corn), says, “I have been sitting around this station for three years and every year around this time the sales increases. I’m selling 60 chhalis daily.” Price of one chhali is Rs 10. Forget the heat wave, students can been seen sitting around and enjoying themselves to these delights.

Anirudh Soni, a vendor who sells churans on his cycle, says, “Most of my customers are girls. Lal imli (red tamarind), meethi saunf (sweet fenugreek seeds), aam papad (dried sweet mango) are some of the hot sellers. But most of the girls love eating manchali, which is candied imli.”

Banta (aerated local lemon drink) is the hottest seller with five bantawallas standing around the metro station. The price range, however, differs from each bantawala.

However, if you really want to try out the best banta in North Campus, then head to the bantawala outside Hindu college, a Rs 10 rickshaw ride away from the metro station. At Rs 15, the bantawala even has makeshift seats for you. He also give tips on admission and share anecdotes related to the campus.