DU North Campus: Momo sellers are thrilled; claim sales have hit a new high

Delhi University students are choosing momos and Chinese offerings over every other street food and the sellers say that they are making record sales, unlike any year before.

delhi Updated: Aug 09, 2017 11:36 IST
Aditya Dogra
Aditya Dogra
Hindustan Times
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Two students buy momos at the Darjeeling Momos stall near Vishwavidyalaya Metro Station in DU’s North Campus.(Manoj Verma/HT Photo)

Delhi University’s North Campus has no dearth of options when it comes to lip-smacking food. However since the new session has begun, it’s the momos that have been selling like hot cakes.

“We have tremendous sales these days,” says Umesh, who mans the Dolma Aunty Momo stall in Kamla Nagar market. “Main 2.30 pm se stall chalata hoon aur almost tab se hi sale shuru ho jaati hai. Mere paas chicken, paneer aur vegetarian momos hain. Chicken momos ki sabse zyada demand hoti hai (I set up the stall at 2.30 pm and buyers start coming within no time. I have a variety of chicken, paneer and vegetarian momos. The highest demand is for chicken momos),” he says, adding that his stock is often sold out within a few hours and customers are ready to even gobble vegetarian options if chicken momos aren’t available.

While we talk to Umesh, a curious bantawallah next to his stall adds, “The sale sometimes is so good on Friday and Saturday that it feels like there is a free meal being distributed!”

A shot of the popular Chicken momos that are served at the Dolma aunty momo stall in Kamla Nagar market. (Manoj Verma/HT Photo)

The hawkers claim that the sale of momos and Chinese foods has hit a new high. Some of the stall owners selling Indian street food such as kachoris, matar kulcha and paranthas envy the thriving momo business.

Raja and Bhishen, two Chinese food hawkers who run a stall each, at Vishwavidyalaya Metro Station and GTB Nagar Metro Station echo the same thought. “Yaha teen momo ke stall hain, ek Chinese van hai aur do thele waale hain jo Chinese bechte hain, tab bhi sabki acchi sale ho rahi hai (There are three stalls selling momos here and one van selling Chinese food plus two other hawkers who also sell Chinese, still everyone is making good sales),” says Raja, who has his stall at Vishwavidyalaya Metro Station.

“Mere yahan khaali college waale nahi aate, GTB Nagar mein jinki coaching hoti hai wo bhi yahan se khaate hai, to double business hota hai. Teen se chaar ghante mein saara maal bik jaata hai (It’s not just the college-goers who come to my stall. Those who attend coaching classes in GTB Nagar also come here and thus the business doubles up. The entire stock is sold out within three to four hours),” says Bishen, who runs a Sikkim momo and chowmein stall at GTB Nagar Metro Station.

“I love momos! They are a perfect snack when you I’m hungry or don’t want to really eat too much. I am not from Delhi, and these momos remind me of my home state Sikkim, and are also cheap and help me in budgeting my food bills...” — Yangchen Dolkar, student

Most students say that they choose momos over other foods because they are pocket-friendly, filling, and not as oily or unhygienic (since tongs are used to serve them). “Above all, they are incredibly delicious,” says Yangchen Dolkar, a first year student of Hans Raj College adding she would choose momos over any other food if given a choice. “I love momos! They are a perfect snack when you I’m hungry or  don’t want to really eat too much. I am not from Delhi, and these momos remind me of my home state Sikkim, and are also cheap and help me in budgeting my food bills since I have to keep an account of rent, travel and much more, in the bare minimum that I have. Another preference is Chinese take out, because it’s cheap and tasty,” adds Dolkar.

Sahej Arora, a student from SGTB Khalsa College roots for the dumplings. He says, “It’s not like we don’t eat other things, but Chinese khana sasta hota hai aur yahan uske options bhi bahot hai. Rs 25 mein half plate milti hai jismein paanch pieces aa jaate hai. Ab isse sasta kya hi milega? (Chinese food is cheaper and here we have a lot of options available. Half a plate of momos, which has five dumplings, costs just Rs 25. What can be cheaper than this?)” he says.

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First Published: Aug 09, 2017 11:34 IST