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Nation Current Affairs 16 May 2018 Silk street now turn ...

Silk street now turns foodie paradise

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | AMRUTHA KJ
Published May 16, 2018, 6:29 am IST
Updated May 16, 2018, 6:29 am IST
The street was once known as the trade centre of silk.
Silk street.
 Silk street.

Kozhikode: The famed Silk Street of Kozhikode has become a foodie’s paradise. Though it was once known as the trade centre for silk, no trace of silk or textile can be seen here. Instead, the small street is crowded with around 25 eateries  which serve   food and desserts originating from different places.   They include  those which provide  the special non-vegetarian tastes of northern Malabar   and hubs of pure vegetarian food of  Tamil and Punjabi traditions.

The street has a link with the  history of Chinese silk trade. Noted historian M.G.S. Narayanan in his book ‘Calicut: The City of Truth’ says that although no Chinese inscriptions were found in this area, it is believed that some sort of silk trade happened here  as Kozhikode was mentioned among the three places in the Chinese documents for their silk trade.   “Some 28 years back when we started our venture,  there were only a few restaurants and now the number has increased,” says Zainabee Noor,   owner of ‘The Zains’ hotel at  Silk Street.

 

“The street has changed a lot not only in its total outlook but also in the varieties of food served,” she added. According to N.P. Sundaran,  a trader at Silk Street for more than four decades, the renovated beach and the programmes conducted there  on a daily base  played a key role in converting the street to a food hub. “Further,  the changing lifestyle of the people  also increased the demand for eateries.  People are ready to spend on food and the change of the street to a place to experiment with food is natural,”    Sundaran said.

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Location: India, Kerala




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