A hunt for good food takes people to places never explored before. For an outsider, Cuttack is nothing less than a Maze, but for someone who has lived all his life in the city, the actual taste of it lies within the city itself. With the winter almost over, people are a lot more comfortable coming out of their cosy sheets and having a walk around the city’s busy life.
It is always said that “Nothing is permanent, except change”. A change in your daily food routine is highly recommended, otherwise that’s where monotony and boredom get an upper hand and that my dear friends is not at all a good thing. We certainly cannot allow that. A perfect remedy to the chilly nights, the piping hot chops is a gastronomic delight. Amidst the city’s crowded traffic, it’s the Dolmundai Square and the Professor Para lane, that boast of being the Chop Stops of the city that.
The Big Advantage- you can use any prefix to it as to your liking, be it chicken, mutton or anything you desire from the numerous options available. With a hint of sour chunks of spiced potatoes and peas along with the yummy chicken or mutton rolled to form small tender balls, deep fried in a lot of ghee, they are served with the seasoning of coriander leaves, chat masala and the typical mint chutney. It’s not only the chicken that catches your eye in the stall; there are the egg chops that look the cutest. People claiming to be vegetarians who do not consider egg dishes to be a non veg fare, this one’s for your taste buds. The thing that surprises you most and is probably available in a very few places around is the Crab chop. Served as a full sized crab deep fried in ghee or oil, it’s only for a restricted audience who like the crab cooked or fried. Nevertheless, this certainly is something of a delight for the people having the different taste or the ones who would want to try new stuff out.
Priced at a very reasonable rate, but without the conventional facilities of your usual restaurants, the fast food chain in the city does play a heavy role in people’s daily dose of the evening appetite. This calorie filled appetiser is certainly worth the few days you will spend on the treadmill working it off. With a little money in your pocket and a big tummy to fill, chop stops of Cuttack are one the best options for those many options that the city embraces the people with. So go, find one!
Story: Nishant Dash
Photos: Sidharth Bhuyan