I am a world traveller & a mom of two, (8 & 6). I love to meet people, and am fascinated that there are 7 billion stories out there to be explored. I think Melbourne is the most happening city to live in with all the fun activities around town.
Published May 11th 2013
Indian Fast Food
We drove by Dandenong after many months and were surprised to see how many new restaurants and cafes have popped up. One of these new places to check out is "Chaat Corner". Those of you who are familiar with Indian food probably know what chaat is, but for those who are not, let me explain. Chaat is a generic term to describe different types of savoury snacks. There are many variations of chaat, with some common elements such as yoghurt, fried flour dough, chutneys, onions/tomatoes/chillies and a special blend of spices called "chaat masala".
Chaat Corner in Dandenong Market
As I said, there are many types of chaat such as "Samosa chaat", "papri chaat", "fruit chaat", "chana chaat", "dahi bhallay", "pani puri", "chanay bhaturay", etc.
In India and in some parts of Pakistan, chaat is often sold on street carts or corner stalls and often known as "street food". People love to enjoy it as a delicious snack and it is affordable for the average man. (I would not recommend the tourists to buy from the street vendors if they are visiting these countries purely for hygienic purposes).
Chaat corner: view of the window where you place the order
Chaat corner offers a wide variety of chaats along with other savoury snacks, on-the-go lunch menu (minimal), desserts and drinks. All items are vegetarian. Service is fast and friendly. Food is not the only thing that is attractive on the menu, the prices are too, varying from a couple of dollars up to ten dollars.
Chaat Corner also has a few Chinese dishes on the menu. Let me add as an explanatory side note, that in these countries, Chinese and Thai food is also very popular, but it has been modified to suit the local taste and flavours, by adding certain spices and readily available ingredients. So the next time you visit an Indian restaurant and see a Chinese dish on the menu, please do not be surprised. If you decide to order it, it will look, taste and smell different than regular Chinese food.
The photos below will give you an idea of the items, but you can also check their website.
As you can see, there are many items on the menu which sound quite enticing and titillating, like a chutney sandwich. Perhaps on another visit, I will let my tastebuds dictate what to order.
If you are visiting Dandenong market, try and drop by. I am sure the menu will intrigue you enough to savour something you have never tried before. Make sure you tell the vendor what amount of spices/chillies you can tolerate at the time you place the order, as Indian food can be as hot or as mild as you want.