I am not a foodie and I am no expert on Indian street food but I know enough to know that if you’re going to live (or visit) Mumbai you must know what Panipuri is and you must try it at least once. My first Panipuri experience of note occurred this past weekend thanks to our fellow Fellow Sriya Srikrishnan – Sriya is in town visiting her family and as a local knew right where to take us. As an aside having a local around is sort of like magic – she’s also shown us where to find bangles, Diwali decorations, and brought us home to meet her folks. Back to the Panipuri – We went to Elco Market on Hill Road in Bandra. Which I learned started as one man and a food cart and has now grown to be three stories of yumminess. Now here’s how it works: You buy ticket (Rs. 50 for a plate of 6 – which according to locals is a total rip off but I truly enjoyed it and didn’t get sick which is worth way more than Rs. 50!). You take your ticket and que up. When you get to the front of the line the madness begins. The Panipuri making man starts with your first one – You’re given a small dish which holds one (now keep in mind 6 are coming) what this means is you need to eat the one on your plate (in one bite) before the next one arrives. I had to tag out after four but fortunately for me one of my fellow Fellows is a 21 year old man so when it comes to eating extra food he can always step in. So what is Panipuri – aside from answering “yummy” I wasn’t entirely sure ether so in comes Wikipedia to save the day. Moral of the story is this – when you come to Mumbai be sure to sample the Panipuri – be safe and be careful about where you choose to eat it but I can tell you in advance you’re going to enjoy it!