Soup for breakfast at Territi Bazar
by Ishanee Sarkar
28 February 2012
Sun Yat Sen Road, Kolkata
We have the answer for your early morning soup cravings. It's Territi (or Terity) Bazar. Every morning, between six to nine, Kolkata's Sun Yat Sen Road becomes a farmer’s market of sorts with vendors setting up shop of either side of the small street.
Mostly Chinese vendors spread their mats and place their steamers to sell not only fish and pork dumplings in hot broth, but also a range of homemade goodies such as sausages, red-rimmed prawn papad, tangy sweets and fluffy bao (rounded bread stuffed with meat).
If you enjoy cooking, Territi Bazar is sure to excite you, since the vendors sell a variety of vegetables, including bok choy, as well as family-made preservatives, spices and cooking sauces. You can even find a couple of vendors selling coils of sausage casing, in case you want to try your hand at sausage-making. Fresh fish, including tiger prawn and bhetki is sold here, thus it is not uncommon to see people having a hearty breakfast of meatball soup and bao and the proceeding to a bit of grocery shopping.
Even though this makeshift market has diminished in size over the years, the quality of its breakfast and home-produced items has remained constant, as its steady clientele of early-morning breakfast-eaters proves. A single round table placed in one corner of the street is the common dining table: small school children, venerable old men and curious tourists alike relish their soup and dumplings. On misty wintery mornings, a hot meal of delicious fish-ball soup works wonders and we suggest that you give it a try the next time you are in the city.
The exact location of Territi Bazaar is difficult to pinpoint amongst the commercial area of Kolkata, always bustling with humans and human activities; but once you get to Poddar Court, any (friendly) passer-by will be able to point your nose towards your breakfast in Sun Yat Sen Road.