5 Must-Try Shillong Street Foods

Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is one of India’s major tourist spots. The city attracts tourists with its natural beauty, musical culture and delicious delicacies.Rice and pork are staple foods in Shillong and their traditional cuisine is prepared with a touch of local ingredients. Food is usually cooked slowly, with fresh herbs and bamboo shoots which keeps local residents warm in the cold hill weather. Shillong’s food is heavily influenced by the Khasi and Jaintia community and has a touch of north indian, Chinese, Bengali and Assamese cuisine. Jukhiein, jastem and jadoh are popular hill station dishes.

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When it comes to street food, jalebis and momos are very popular in the city, including pineapples. Street vendors serve pineapple chunks with a secret chilli sauce. Betel leaf is also a common item on the streets of Shillong. Now you might be wondering what’s so special about that? But the betel leaves found here are different. It is spicier than normal dishes and is more suitable for cold city weather. But the list does not end there. There are five Shillong street foods worth trying:

1. Tungrymbai

It is a popular dish in the state of Meghalaya which is prepared from pork and fermented soybeans. The soy used in this dish is grown locally here. It is prepared by frying pork and soy with garlic and onion, then it is seasoned with sesame powder and salt. Locals also pair it with bread or roti which makes the dish a healthy meal. Eating tungrymbai also helps keep the body warm in cold weather.

2. Jadoh

This specialty of Meghalaya is also popular in other parts of the country. The spicy and delicious dish is prepared with rice and pork meat. It has a mixture of sour and spicy taste which comes from local spices and herbs like ginger flower and cinnamon leaves used to cook it. Apart from being a street food, jadoh is also prepared on special occasions like gatherings and parties. It is also cooked with chicken or fish instead of pork.

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3. Dohneiong

This is another popular pork dish which is made with black sesame seasoning. This dish is influenced by Chinese cuisine and features fried pork dipped in a thick sauce, made with green chilies, pepper, red onions, black sesame and other local spices. It is often accompanied by rice which makes it a complete meal for dinner.

4. Smoked meats

These are popular in almost every state in northeastern India. Not only on the streets, but it is also available in local restaurants. From pork to chicken, almost any meat cooked with this technique is available on the streets of Shillong. There is a high demand for smoked meats among tourists during winters as it keeps them warm and tastes incredibly delicious.

5. Pukhlein

If you are thinking of trying something sweet from Meghalaya cuisine, pukhlein is the answer. It is one of the few desserts in Shillong. This traditional sweet bread, made from fermented rice, is also popular in other parts of the country. It has a light and fluffy texture and can be paired with any side dish, including a hot cup of tea.

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So be sure to try them all on your next visit to the beautiful hill station.

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