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The little Mauritian street food guide

19th June 2016 0 comments
The little Mauritian street food guide

Street food has always been part of the Mauritian culinary landscape, yet it is not only a matter of flavours. It’s about experiencing the soul of Mauritius and a time of sharing with its friendly people. Follow the guide!

Snacks

Boulettes at Ti Couloir Grand Baie
Fried cakes: A selection of fritters of various names and shapes. They include the most common chilli cakes, samossas, fried bread and taro fritters.
Pistache bouillies: Peanuts boiled in salted water. They are sold in their shells in small paper bags on many bus stations or public buses.
Boulettes: Steamed meat, fish or vegetables balls, served in a savoury broth.
Pow: Small steamed and spicy chicken-stuffed Chinese brioche, which you can dip into soy sauce.

Main courses

Boiled noodles
Kebab: Also called Shawarma, the Mauritian Kebab is a bread sandwich filled with grilled chicken, salad, onions and your assortment of sauces.
Roti and Dholl Puri: savoury pancakes, one made with wheat flour and the other with dholl gram (dried beans), often served with vegetarian fillings (curry, steamed green leaves, red sauce, etc.).
Mines bouillies/Mines frites: boiled or fried noodles, served with your choice of beef, chicken, egg or vegetable topping.
Pain fourré: Bread stick filled with typically Mauritian “curries” such as fish vindaloo, poulet trois merveilles* and oyster sauce beef.
Biryani: (read “briyani”), a spicy dish made of rice, potato, chicken, lamb or vegetables, usually served with salad and tamarind chutney.

Sweets

Pineapple and pickled fruits
Candied fruit: Stored in a water, salt and chilli mixture in jars, candied fruit are appreciated for their sweet, sour and spicy taste.
Fresh fruit: Pineapples and coconuts are sold on the beach and can be enjoyed on the spot. You may also find vendors selling a variety of fruit on the roadside.
Calamindas: A local version of candyfloss, Calamindas are getting rare on the Mauritian culinary scene, but you can still find some in town or in markets.
Glaçon râpé: A sorbet made of crushed ice flavoured with your choice of coulis. This vintage lolly is slowly coming back on our beaches.
Gulab Jamun: This Indian cardamom-flavoured semolina doughnut, which is dipped into syrup, is one of the many Indian sweets you can find here.
Poutou: A rice cake made with rice, coconut, milk and vanilla, which you can find in display in old shops among other Chinese candies.

Refreshments
Fresh coconut water

Coconut water: Fresh and 100% natural, coconuts are usually cut open in front of you so you can drink right up from the fruit and relish its flesh.
Alouda: A drink made with milk, sugar, tukmaria seeds**, agar-agar***, vanilla or almond extract and food colouring.
Bwar frais: a Creole expression meaning “fresh drink”. It refers to the lemonade or squash drink that is sold in glasses on the streets.

Explore the North of the island and look for popular street food spots:

  • Atma’s green caravan in the centre of Grand-Baie for rotis and fritters
  • The Ti Kouloir (located at the back of Sunset Boulevard) for boulettes and noodles
  • The Muslim district around Grand-Baie’s mosque for kebab and biryani
  • Pereybere Beach for kebabs, rotis, fritters, coconut, pineapple and candied fruit
  • Mon Choisy Beach and its numerous caravans, some of which are listed in the Guide du Routard
  • Trou aux Biches’ Chinese shop for boulettes, noodles and Chinese tea eggs

We hope this little Mauritian street food guide will help you appreciate the diversity of such cuisine. Enjoy!

* Literally “Three Wonders Chicken” – A Chinese stir fry recipe with chicken, mushroom, bamboo shoots and bok choy
** Basil seeds
***A vegetarian gelatine produced by a variety of algae

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