Vizag or Visakhapatnam is an Indian city in the state of Andhra Pradesh which famous for its gorgeous beaches. The city is also popular for its rich history, lush greenery, peace-loving locals, as well as, an impressive variety of culinary delights. However, apart from the succulent seafood and the city’s string of gourmet restaurants, Visakhapatnam is also known for its mouthwatering street food that will tickle your taste buds to an entirely different level altogether. If you have plans of visiting the city soon or you are already exploring one of its stunning beaches and contemplating where and what to eat, this is the right place to be in. You don’t even have to worry about your accommodations, there are plenty of Oyo rooms and Airbnb vacation rentals in the city. Here are the top 10 street food you must try in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
1. Punugulu (deep-fried rice snack)
Punugulu is an extremely popular snack in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It is a favorite of all street food gastronomers. A deliciously filling snack, punugulu is served hot with ginger and coconut chutneys. This deep-fried snack is prepared using the batter of rice and urad dal. If you are wondering where to sample this famous snack in the city, head to Punugulu Karam in MVP Colony. However, it is better to reach the place before 7 pm in the evening, otherwise the place gets too crowded and you may miss out tasting a plateful of hot Punugulu. Another recommended place to try out is Pass the Chutney located near LIC Building, Visakhapatnam.
2. Liver kebab
Simply imagine the joy of being treated with some delicious liver kebabs along with a soothing glass of lemon soda after an exhausting day of trying out various things to do in Visakhapatnam! Go to Vizag Complex, MVP Circle where a host of kebab stalls sell an array of lip-smacking snacks such as liver kebab, chicken kebab, boneless fish fry, and mutton kabab. You have to be famished when you reach there so that there is no scope of any kind of regret for not being able to try out these popular street foods in the city.
3. Masala batani (spicy mixed chaat of peas)
Masala batani is another reasonably priced and yet priceless street food that is easily available at the city’s beach roads. The snack is a mixture of chopped onions, boiled peas, a dash of lemon, and tomatoes. It is served in a cute paper cone and you will be given a slice of a dry palm leaf to use it as a spoon. Most of the vendors who sell this snack are elderly people who have been selling at a cheap price and without compromising on the quality. The famous RK Beach close to Submarine is the perfect place to enjoy your masala batani.
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4. Sweet corn
A majority of the popular street food in Visakhapatnam is available near its beaches. You will come across a string of carts selling boiled sweet corn along the entire stretch of RK Beach and Tenneti Park. While there is nothing special about the recipe for this snack, you will love eating it while taking a leisurely stroll on the seashore. Also, you can opt for roasted corn, which is directly cooked on burning coals. Try this street food near the Main Gate, Tenneti Park, as it is supposed to be the best in the city.
5. Bongu chicken (chicken stuffed in bamboo shoot)
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Bongu chicken, also known as bamboo chicken, is not easily available in Visakhapatnam. Rather, it is an extremely popular delicacy in a hill station close to the city called Araku. Araku Valley is a popular tourist destination because of its valleys and thick forests. The dish is prepared by stuffing marinated chicken inside the hollow of a bamboo stick. It is then cooked on coal for a delicious smokey flavor. On your way to Araku, you will come across several vendors on both sides of the road busy preparing this snack. While it is a bit pricy, meat-lovers are definitely going to love it.
6. Muri mixture (puffed rice mix)
If you wish to spend a relaxing day on the city’s beaches, munching on muri mixture is a compulsory inclusion. Muri mixture is a heavenly combination of puffed rice, peanuts, tomatoes, chilies, spices, and chopped onions. There is also a squeeze of lemon and cilantro on the top. It is a simple spin-off of ‘bhelpuri’ available all across India. It is an extremely popular snack for all common people in Visakhapatnam before they return home at the fag end of the day. You will find several vendors selling this delightful street food on the entire stretch of Beach Road. The best is available in places like Rushikonda, RK Beach, and Tenneti Park.
7. Idli (savory rice cake)
Visakhapatnam has many good eateries that serve excellent idlis. However, if you wish to grab a quick midnight snack, proceed to Visakhapatnam Railway Station where you can get amazing idlis served with tomato chutney. The idlis at the city’s railway station are a hot favorite for all those famished employees and college students who look for some snacks to fill their tummies. In fact, your visit to the city will be incomplete without tasting this popular South Indian delicacy.
8. Dosa (flat thin-layered rice crepe)
You will come across various places such as Venkatadri Vantillu and Sairam Parlour in Visakhapatnam that are known for serving delicious dosas. However, while we are discussing the best street food in the city, a visit to Guntur Tiffins at MVP Circle is a must for you. The owners of this tiffin cart came to the city from Guntur and have been serving delicious and crispy dosas since then. The chutneys that accompany the dosa are so tasty that people visit the cart repeatedly. People from various parts of the city come here to have their breakfast.
9. Tomato bajji (deep-fried tomato snack)
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Another street food superstar, tomato bajji is sold by vendors on the sea beaches of the city. The snack is prepared by coating tomatoes with gram flour and then deep-frying them. The tomatoes are cut from the middle and their flesh scooped out. The tomato cups are then stuffed with a puffed rice mix and are offered with lip-smacking crunchy peanuts. The locals of the city, irrespective of their financial backgrounds, love savoring tomato bajji.
10. Egg bonda (deep-fried boiled egg)
Egg bonda is one of the extremely popular street foods in the city because of the special blend of spices used by the cart owners to prepare them. Eggs are boiled and then dipped in a batter consisting of gram flour, red and green chilies, powdered pepper and salt. This is then deep-fried and served with a tangy chutney. You can get the best egg bondas near Cafe Coffee Day in MVP Colony, Visakhapatnam. Try them out once and you will certainly crave for more.
Savor delicious street food in Visakhapatnam
If you are planning a visit to the city soon, you know where you can enjoy a feast with some of the most delicious mouth-watering snacks. After all, the simplest of dishes can give you the maximum joy. These are the top street foods you must try in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, so make a note of them. Don’t forget to check out the best biryani spots as well for more dining options.
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