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The Veranda Resorts Guide to the Hottest Street Fare Out There

14th August 2017 0 comments
The Veranda Resorts Guide to the Hottest Street Fare Out There

The union of all the cultures that make up Mauritian culture – Indian, French, Chinese, British, Creole – resulted in street fare and fried goods that have become a huge part of the local tradition – and everyday life.

The truth is that your phone is what you look at when you want to know where to eat. On this island, your 4G may be a little hazy and the best street food comes from tiny stalls that are nonexistent according to your Google Maps. It seemed wiser to collect addresses from those in-the-know. We asked the employees of the Veranda Resorts to list their go-to places.

Here are our street food crushes.

Roti Chaud

Roti chaud

Rotis are undoubtedly a staple of Mauritian cuisine. Stuffed with broad bean curry, a rougail (a tomato-based sauce), brèdes (a lot like cooked spinach), and the ubiquitous green chilli paste, these are popular for breakfast (scout them out on construction sites), or on the go.

Where to eat:

  • At Ton Rard (Gerard)’s blue food truck, across from the school in Grand Gaube. Order their roti daube d’ourite, cari la raie or rougaille bétaille.
  • Ehsaan Dhallpuri in Goodlands
  • Gopal de l’Inde – a vendor on his motorbike who lives in Belle Mare

 

Halim

Halim Thick savoury soup

The steaming, comforting stew is minced meat that has been slow-cooked along with pulses, spices and wheat, resulting in a savory, thick soup that feeds the soul. The dish – an Arab delicacy – is popular among Muslims.

Where to eat:

  • Snack Tolle Rouge in Belle Mare

 

Gato Pima & Samosas

samosas deep fried snacks

These are the more flavorful of the dozens of varieties of these-will-get-your-hands-all-greasy deep-fried gadjaks. Gateaux Piments (repeat after us: ga-toe pee-mah) are fried chilli cakes made from yellow split peas and herbs. Devour them sizzling hot. Samosas, triangle-shaped layered dough stuffed with a vegetable (usually potato and green peas) or minced chicken, do not disappoint.

Where to eat:

  • Bahadoor in Goodlands
  • Manco in Trou d’Eau Douce

 

Dholl Puri

Dholl Puri, Mauritian food

Street vendors standing alongside their motorcycle on the back of which is attached a glass aquarium filled with a kitsch pink or turquoise plastic food warmer and a few jars of sauces and chilli, can be seen throughout the island. Dholl puris are made with yellow split pea flour and stuffed with a tomato rougail, resulting in a savory wrap with a touch of chew. They come in pairs, wrapped in “papier cornet.”

Where to eat:

  • Ehsaan Dhallpuri in Goodlands
  • Dewa in Rose-Hill

 

Mine frit

Mauritian fried noodles

There’s nothing quite like a plate of greasy, sauce-drenched fried noodles. Served with slivered carrots, baby corn, spring onions, a sliced omelette (and chicken as an option), the mine frit is a classic (and a filling one!). Wash it down with a Mirinda blanc. (An overly sweet, vanilla flavored fizzy drink – a childhood favorite).

Where to eat:

  • Ton Snack in Petit Raffray
  • Chez Noel in Trou d’Eau Douce
  • Ton Pierre and Madame Pung in Trou aux Biches near the old aquarium

 

Briani

Mauritian street food - Briani

This carbohydrates-heavy dish is simple and exquisite. The rice at the bottom of the gigantic pan the briani is cooked in has a crunch, while the potato, slow-cooked mutton, chicken or meat give the overall dish a moist bite. Add a spoonful of yogurt raïta for a cooling feel.

Where to eat:

  • Briani House in Goodlands
  • From Madame Briani’s tricycle in Belle Mare

 

Boulettes

Boulettes Ti-Couloir at Grand Baie

When most things are closed on Sundays, you can always count on finding an open “boulettes” place – usually in a narrow corridor, nudged between two ramshackle buildings, or under a tree on the beach. The shimmery heartbreakingly delicious steamed dumplings are served in broth, and topped with chopped spring onion. The Mauritian touch? Chouchou. The chayote squash’s supple texture makes for perfect melt-in-your-mouth boulettes.

Where to eat:

  • Ti Couloir in Grand Baie
  • Chez Noel in Trou d’Eau Douce
  • Ton Pierre and Madame Pung in Trou aux Biches near the old aquarium

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