For non-vegetarian foodies visiting the city of Kolkata, Terrety Bazaar is a must-visit. Terrety Bazaar (often spelt as Tirreta Bazaar) is the city’s very own China Town, located in a tiny lane amidst the bustling business hub, Burra Bazaar.
Terrety Bazaar has been a home to many Chinese families since close to a century. When most of the families moved onto the new China Town in Tangra, a handful stayed back here. It is these families that make Terrety Bazaar such a unique experience on early mornings, when they gather in the small market selling Chinese street food. The market is compact with vendors of all hues - vegetable vendors, meat shops, and a few food stalls. The makeshift food stalls come up right after sunrise and disperse within two hours or so. The food they sell is fresh, flavourful and inexpensive, and perhaps as close to authentic Chinese street food as one can get in Kolkata. The nameless stalls are set up on small tables and the menu has everything from all sorts of momos to meatballs, tiepao, shyaphaley or pork rolls.
- Do not confuse Terrety Bazzar with China Town. Google Maps are not so reliable in this particular case.
- The best way to reach this old community area is to hire a taxi and get down at Sun Yat Sen Street near Laalbazaar.
- Make sure you reach latest by 7 AM, as the stalls close as soon as the food is sold.
- Winter is the best time to go as all the stalls are open during this season. If you are dropping by here during the summer months, try to come on a Sunday.