For a small island, Mauritius is filled with many different cultures that all have had and amazing effect on food. The food culture of Mauritius is rich and diverse and the French, Chinese, Indian and Creole culture can be easily seen and tasted, making the food one of the great things about Mauritius.
When in Mauritius trying the local street food is a must. You will be able to find a fantastic mix of food with everything from fresh coconut water, chopped fruit covered in chili and sugar, hot curries topped with chili and pickles wrapped in buttery bread to Chinese noodles.
Coming to Mauritius and finding the best street food can sometimes be hard, because there are so many great things to choose from. A second stomach can also be needed when going through it all trying to find the best one.
So wander out in the streets of Mauritius and discover this melting pot of flavours called the Mauritius street food and try to find the best.
Here are some typical street food that can be found in Mauritius.
Alouda is a traditional, sweet Mauritian drink that originates from the original Indian Falooda. It’s a very popular beverage that is made from milk, flavored with syrup and added sweet basil seeds or agar-agar for texture. One of the best places to have Alouda is at the Port Louis Market.
Sweet Potato Cake
Sweet Potato Cake is a very popular Mauritian street food. Sweet Potato Cake or Gateau Patates is a delicious snack that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. They are made by simply mixing boiled and mashed sweet potatoes with flour, cardamom, grated coconut and oil making it into dough before rolling it into small balls and deep frying them. They are very easy to make at home and they are a very popular snack at Diwali.
For deep fried pleasure is Gajak the thing to try. Gajak are simply hot snack made from strips of vegetables battered in chickpea flour with added herbs and chili, and often served with a couple of extremely hot chutneys. The snack can often be found served by bicycle vendors in and around the different markets of Mauritius, but also at the beaches and on the side of the roads.
Boulette is also known as Dim Sum, where Boulette is a Mauritian term for the delectable Cantonese steamed buns and dumplings stuffed with shrimps, vegetables, pork, chicken and fish. They are often served with a rich stock of chili. Boulette can be found at market stalls across Mauritius and specialist Dim Sum restaurants.
Roti Chaud is one of the go-to Mauritians snacks. A Roti is an Indian flatbread usually served with various curries, chutneys and pickles. Roti Chaud is usually served from the back of a motorbike or a street food stalls and is definitely a favorite among foodies.
Mine Frites is another popular street food dish. Is a simple dish made from fried noodles in soy sauce topped with spring onions and chili. It’s a Chinese influenced dish that is found at street stalls in Chinatown, Port Louis. After eating the noodles in the Mauritian way, with a lot of chili, try washing it down with Herbal Black Jelly. It may sound and look weird, but it tastes good.
Dholl Puri can be found everywhere around Mauritius and is one of the favorites when it comes to street food. Dholl Puri is the result of the Indian Flatbread made in Mauritius with substitute ingredients. It is stuffed with cooked yellow split peas that have been blended and seasoned. They are always served in pairs rolled up with bean curry, pickles, rougaille and a spiced tomato sauce.