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8 Street Food Items That Are A Must-Try For Travelers Heading To Shillong!

Shillong is surely an amazing place to be, one for its scenic beauty and second, for the sumptuous food it has to offer. Much like other North-Eastern cities, Shillong too bursts into heavy downpours at any point of time. And, what’s a better combination for a traveler if not great food and rain?! Calling out the inherent foodies, Shillong makes up for a perfect space to eat, chill, hang out and travel. Moreover, the city gives some major reasons to keep coming back, makes you fall in love with itself, deeply and madly!

Where To Eat In Shillong?
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Quick facts to remember here:

  • The city is surely surrounded by a gamut of restaurants, cafes, street food shops, stalls and local eating joints for the foodie in you.
  • A stroll along the streets of Shillong surely mean a bite or two of some really delectable food items, especially their street food.
  • Popular areas to devour upon street food in Shillong are the Police Bazar and the local city center.
  • Essentially, Shillong food costs not an extra penny than what a local street food at any place should.
Best Food Items In Shillong To Devour Upon!
1. Momos
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Momos is what you eat all the time in every part of India you go or live in (You made and ate it all the time during quarantine). Well, you gotta try momos here too! Served with a spicy yet tangy chutney, the dish makes you wanna go gaga over, all the time! After all, foodies and Shillong is a perfect combination, especially when it comes to eating momos. One can find momos in almost every restaurant and cafe in Shillong, most popularly in local markets. Pork and chicken momos are very popular with the locals. Also, in case you aren’t that much of a street food lover, then a popular restaurant for you is Hotel Broadway on GS Road.

2. Tungrymbai
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This is among one of the few popular vegetarian food in Shillong that saves the day for you dear vegetarians! Trust us, there’s a huge fuss about getting to eat this amazing dish, owing to the long ques in the local markets for the same. Popularly eaten in Meghalaya, Tungrymbai is prepared using fermented soybeans, grown in Shillong. The dish is best eaten with bread or roti. Not to mention, Tungrymbai is an exclusive dish of the North-East only, and thus, becomes even more important to devour upon!

3. Jadoh
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Jadoh is a typical of Meghalya and is also found much in the streets of Shillong. With spices and herbs spread and sprinkled over rice and pork meat, this dish comes to be a much-loved recipe among the locals and foodies in general. One of the most acclaimed places to get Jadoh from is- Jadoh’s in Don Bosco Square or Trattoria in Police Bazar.

4. Dohneiiong
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Yet another favorite for foodies in Shillong. Dohneiiong is basically pork cooked with black sesame seeds and soy sauce. What makes this dish exceptional is the addition of the toasted sesame seeds, often found in Chinese cooking. Dohneiiong can be found anywhere in the local markets around the main city center as well as near the Police Bazar.

5. Chowmein
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Despite being not a local, Chowmein is popularly eaten in the city. It is prepared with egg noodles on industrial-sized works on the streets. It is usually served spicy and hot with chicken or pork. Also contains onions, garlic, ginger, and and some tangy spices as well. Eaten and found at almost all local eateries and stalls in Shillong, but the best tasting one indeed can be found at Kimfa on GS Road.

6. Dohkhlieh
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It is a famously eaten pork dish without any specific recipe. The locals basically prepare it in a lot of ways. To be distinct, it is a salad made using pork, onions, and local spices. The best and the most famous place to find it is- Don Bosco Square.

7. Pukhlein
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It is a dessert that is nearly found anywhere and everywhere in Shillong. It’s one of the few dessert items eaten in this city. However, Pukhlein is a popular dish of Meghalaya and is made using fermented rice. Hence, this too becomes among the few vegetarian food in Shillong that’s popularly eaten!

8. Chilly Pork
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Indo-Chinese food is a lot popular in Meghalaya and so is in Shillong. Well, Chilly Pork being the most famous among them. The local markets serve Chilly Pork almost everywhere in the city at very reasonable prices.

Concluding Thoughts

Dear Foodies,

It’s pretty obvious that Covid-19 has taken away that one leisure of yours that you most delightly used to indulge in. And that’s EATING! Therefore, Shillong indeed becomes a paradise for you once normalcy has been established. Well, why don’t you already start making plans for the same?! It’s truly gonna be worth it once you have consumed the famous delicacies here, trust us!!





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