12 Aug 2011

Nare Park, Parel

10 Rs Veg Hakka Noodles Vs Mothers

Half of the advertising budget in India goes into telling mothers which product tastes best in a school dabba. And I'm sure that's because mothers worry a lot about what their children eat and often come up with evolved ideas to make sure that the dabba is licked clean.

Breaking their heads for similar ideas are the vendors of Nare Park or any food stall close to a school or college. Kids beg, borrow,steal and usually buy and lap up whatever new is on offer.

Outside schools and offices are the laboratories of Mumbai street food. The competition has always been hot and will be hot.

Parel is interesting from a food watchers perspective because it has school children from Dr Shirodkar School, older students from MD College, the people who work and come to KEM and the young creatives and executives of India's leading ad agencies who have their offices in this area.

The colours of carbonated liquids sold, the different varieties of bhel-less Chinese Bhel, the sweets, the chaat, the competition between the different vendors makes the Nare Park area (like several other spots, Nariman Point street food stalls, for example) an interesting place to watch changing food habits.

For some years now, it's the Bombay Chinese street food that's seeing the most innovation and you see the largest number of these stalls in Parel.

Here are pictures from one such stall. It sells Veg. Hakka Noodles and Veg. Soup for 10 Rs each. The price and quantity is meant for school and college kids who play in the park. The Veg. noodles has no vegetables just noodles, soya sauce, Mumbaiya Schezwan sauce as required.

Mothers should visit this place and watch the vendors compete.

It Clicks :)


Curry Spice said...

f stop 1.8, block lens 50mm. someone is having a great time with this. u are giving my food blog major competition ;)

Debu Barve said...

Nice Slogan!

Slogan Murugan aka M S Gopal said...

Curry. Yes. I ll take that as a sabashi.

Thanks Debu :)

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