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KOLKATA STREETS: Tangra crisp noodle chaat, jhal muri, mango, onion, lime, cilantro, green chili side, Ambrosia Chinese chili sauce, mustard oil, crisps. Vegan.

Tangra – region in Calcutta/Kolkata where Chinese Hakka traders first settled in 1770s. Became the largest Chinatown and inception for Indian-Chinese fare.

Chaat – Indian street food, prepared by hand and eaten by hand. Chaat translates into “finger-licking” good. A whole family of Indian junk/street food.

Ingredients for Noodle Chaat

  • 2 cups dry Hakka Noodles
  • 2 tablespoons Indian Bhel (crisp puffed rice)
  • ½ Red onion
  • ½ Mango
  • ¼ Cilantro
  • ½ Lime
  • 1 teaspoon mustard oil, optional
  • 1 tablespoon green chili, optional

Ingredients for Ambrosia (sweet and sour sauce)

  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup sweet chili sauce
  • ½ – ¼ cup sriracha (to heat preference)


1 Fry Hakka noodles till crisp and golden, cool.

2 Chop red onion.

3 Peel mango and cut into medium cubes.

4 Squeeze the juice of half a lime.

5 Take the fried Hakka noodles in a bowl and crush with hands.

6 Add into the bowl: red onions, mango, cilantro, lime juice, bhel and Ambrosia sauce. Optional, add one teaspoon mustard oil. Mix everything well.

7 Serve with side of chopped green chili (optional). Use fun containers/glasses to serve, play with garnishes (crisps or others). Enjoy your Kolkata Streets.