Manpreet K Janeja on rethinking street food in Calcutta, India

"Street foods are not so easy to define. Some of the challenges in defining what can be classified as street foods have been highlighted by Tinker when she asks, for instance, whether to include fresh fruits, chewing foods that are not nutritious and not meant to be swallowed such as betel nut with lime and spices, and "invisible street foods', that is 'ready-to-eat food that (is) carried through the streets by the preparer rather than the purchaser, for eating at home or to office, and (is) not for sale on the street called rantangan (Indonesia) or tiffin boxes (India) (original emphasis).


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