Delhi chaat needs no introduction to a true foodie who has specialisation in gorging on street food. The mere mention is enough to send one in a swoon – but is it really?
There is a huge debate about Delhi being the ultimate food capital in India over Mumbai, Kolkata or even Bangalore. But at the same time, there is a section that strongly disagrees with this crowning. For many, Delhi street food, especially chaat, is over-hyped. Commonly claimed to be Oonchi Dukan Pheka Pakwaan (All that glitters is not gold) by curious visitors, these reasons highlight why Delhi chaat is overrated.
1. They’re russeled up in the most unhygienic environment
However tasty and yummy food is, your appetite will reduce by half witnessing dirt around stalls. Most commonly seen is the running drainage beside the kiosks or the piles of dirt with flies swarming above. You can only enjoy your chaat if you chose to turn a blind eye to the filth around the eatery.
2. There have been some real-life horror stories with Delhi chaat being the culprit
Let’s be honest, you almost puked when you came across reports of Delhi food stalls containing high levels of faecal matter in golgappas and momos, right? ‘Yuck’ was your first reaction. But Delhiites ignore unhygienic conditions they are prepared in and most street vendors are unaware of basic safety and hygiene issues.