Thursday, January 13, 2011

Vik's Chaat Corner @ Berkeley

After touring the Berkley campus, we drove to Vik's for some mouth watering Chaat. I have explained what Chaat is in one of my reviews, here. Bay Area has an abundance of authentic Chaat paradises. Sampling some of the said Chaat is an absolute agenda on our itinerary. We make it a point to stuff our faces with all the good stuff while we are there. And, we can never have enough.

Vik's is so huge, I can fit my gym in it. It also has a grocery shop attached to it. You order food from the menu on the wall and give it to the person at the kitchen counter, where you pick it up from.

Vik's Chaat Corner

The seating area at Vik's
We ordered the Dahi batata puri - Small round puffed bread filled with potatoes and other spices, topped with yogurt and tamarind chutney. The finger licking good part is the tangy mixture at the bottom of the plate, once the puris have made their way into your gut. Ummm... I now need to wipe the drool off my laptop.

Dahi Batata Puri
We also got a plate of Samosa Chole. Samosa consists of a fried triangle shaped pastry, filled with spiced potatoes, onions, peas and coriander. It was served with Chole, a spicy chickpea curry cooked with onions, tomatoes and other spices and topped with coriander.

Samosa Chole
And, then a Bhel Puri - puffed rice, sev (a fried snack shaped like thin noodles made from besan flour), and mixture (a mix of different types of fried snacks mixed together), as the base of the snack, tomatoes, onions, potatoes and chilis added to the base and topped with chutneys. Different chutneys impart a sweet or spicy flavour. There are two popular chutneys used, a sweet one made of dates and tamarind, and a green spicy chutney made of coriander leaves and green chillies.

Bhel Puri
Finally, Kulfi Falooda - saffron flavored ice cream topped with vermicelli and basil seeds and a hint of rose.

Kulfi Falooda
Everything was fantastic. I wish Vik's would expand and open a branch here in Seattle. The best was the Kulfi Falooda, because we never get something as delicious as this anywhere else. And all this at rock-bottom prices. I can't wait to go here on my next trip to the Bay Area.

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