Exploring new food destinations

Foodies in Gurgaon can join a group of food lovers in search of new street delicacies every month.

india Updated: Mar 13, 2012 02:26 IST
Chetna Dua
Chetna Dua
Hindustan Times

If you are a foodie who loves to try new cuisines, then you can join a special group in the city that explores new street delicacies every month. Started by Pawan Soni, a corporate executive, last year, Indian Food Freak is a food lovers group on Facebook that organises the Bada Khana every month to discover new street food items and cultural cuisines.

“The Bada Khana is an off-shoot of a similar concept in the Army where community meals are organised on festivals. I feel that going in a group gives you the advantage of enjoying a variety of food items without burning a hole in your pocket,” says Soni. The cost of a Bada Khana usually comes to around Rs 150 - Rs 200 per person.

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"Staying in Gurgaon for the last four years, I felt an urge to explore the local street food, but was hesitant to venture out alone. Going in a group gave me the required push," says Kapil Singh, 29, business consultant. The group has explored lesser known places in Gurgaon such as Pappu Fishwala who sells crisp Amritsari fish only in the evening, a handcart selling roasted soyachaap in Sadar Bazaar, Kishu di Hatti for dhoda (milk sweet) and samosa in New Colony.

A special French omelette stand near Sector 4 is a hit with the group. Made in butter with special spices, the omelette is sold for Rs 30 a plate.

The group has visited state bhavans like Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Assam bhavan for their cultural cuisines, apart from organising walks to Paharganj, Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid, Nizamuddin and Dilli Haat. “We usually have a cuisine expert in the group who helps us understand the food we are eating,” says Reena Tandon, a member of the group.

Fact file
What: A walk to explore Sadar Bazaar in Gurgaon
When: March 24
Time: 5pm to 8pm
Join: http://www.facebook.com/IndianFoodFreak

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First Published: Mar 12, 2012 16:43 IST