Leading chefs’ favourite street food
We’ve written before about the delicious types of street food to discover and sample on your next Mauritius adventure, and some of the markets where they can be found. But now we’ve gone direct to those in the know, and asked some of the island’s best hotel chefs to share their street food favourites.
Originally from Bali, Angsana Mauritius’ Executive Chef Suardi has to admit that his favourite street food is the famous Mauritian roti, especially those served at specialist outlet Aka Roti, on la route de Cassis, Port Louis. 'Aka Roti is always full,' he says. 'There is always a huge queue, but it is entirely worth the wait.' Chef Suardi has tasted a lot of street food in Mauritius and believes it exudes the authenticity of the Mauritian culture.
On the other hand, Chef Thierry Papillier of Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita prefers the famous Mauritian chilli cakes – or Gateau piment – as his street food of choice. 'It’s a delicious snack that is very wholesome, while having the perfect edge to it by the presence of chilli,' he says. To allow Four Seasons guests to sample some of the popular local street food during their stay, the 'Gateau Piment Sandwich' is featured on the breakfast menu of Beau Champ – the hotel’s open-concept kitchen – along with Shrimp Rougaille.
Chef Enrico Rodati of Heritage Resorts picks a classic choice for his favourite. 'My favourite street food by far is the dhal puri. I love this dish, its ingredients, spices and flavours,' he says. 'Its Indian influence inspires me to create new dishes for our guests. It’s also vegetarian, which is a plus. It’s definitely not a light meal, but it is very tasty.
'At Heritage Resorts, we serve it with pleasure and pride during Indian and Mauritian buffets. We also love to enjoy it amongst ourselves during staff meetings. Being a finger-food, we can just eat it standing up, which makes it very easy and lively.'
For more on Mauritian food and culture, visit the Flavour section of our blog.