Are you a street food lover? Do you love experimenting? Do you want to notch up your food game? If yes then you have made an excellent decision to read this piece. Vada pav is the staple food for all the Mumbaikars. It is something we swear on. Everyone loves vada pav whether you are young or old, rich or poor. The love for vada pav has no boundaries in Mumbai. Over the years it has evolved into various forms. Let’s take a look at different types of vada pav that has gained popularity during the past few years.
Jain Vada Pav
Found in Ladoo Samrat in Parel, Lakshman’s Om vada pav in Ghatkopar, Jugadi Adda in Dadar, The vada pav Cafe in Nerul and various other spots around Mumbai. Jain vada pav is a saviour for all the Jains who want to eagerly taste the lip-smacking snack, but cannot due to their religious sensibilities. The difference between a Jain vada pav and regular vada pav is its filling. In Jain vada pav, the potatoes are replaced with bananas. Now all our Jain friends can have vada pav without having to eat potatoes. It gives us the same essence and is as yummy as the original one.
Cheese Burst Vada Pav
This one is for all the cheese lovers in the town. Found in Parleshwar vada pav Samrat in Vile parle and hungry JD’s in Borivali, cheese burst vada pav is heaven in your plate. What makes it different from the original one is again it’s filling. It has a much more modern twist to it. It is filled with potatoes, beans, spicy chillies, tomatoes, mayo, and a good deal of cheese. A bite of this heavenly food is all you need to cheer up your mood.
Chicken Vada Pav
You can find these in any ‘Nothing but chicken’ outlets, HBO café in the fort, and the famous Mahim Khau Gali. Chicken vada pav is one of the greatest evolution of vada-pav. It is a dream come true for all the chicken enthusiasts. The vada here is stuffed with mashed chicken, onions, chillies, and coriander. Different places add their unique touch to the dish. This is an absolutely delightful dish that will surely satisfy your taste buds.
Chinese Vada Pav
This is a Chinese adaption of our street food hero vada pav. There are not any specific spots where you can find this one as it is found easily throughout the city. It is a celebrated variant since Chinese is one of the most appreciated cuisines in our country. It is also known under the name of Schezwan vada pav. This is a bit spicier than the original vada pav but it just makes them taste even better and more tempting.
Masala Vada Pav
Found in the scattered points throughout the city but the best masala vada pav brings us to the prince of suburbs, Mulund. The Kalidas Mandya masala vada pav in Mulund has been serving its customers best masala vada pav for several years. The combination of the masala and the vada pav is insanely beautiful. Try one and you will crave for another without a doubt. This one is truly irresistible and surely worth eating.
Manchurian Vada Pav
Easily available all around Mumbai, Manchurian vada pav is another tasty way of fusing Chinese cuisine and vada pav. The patty is replaced with saucy Manchurian, at some places they also add Chinese sticks to add a crunchy texture in it. This variant is gaining immense popularity due to its amazing flavors and cheap rates. It will provide a spicy punch to your buds but will also please them without fail. It is a must-try for all the Chinese lovers out there.
Maggi Vada Pav
For this modern version, you will have to travel to Laxman’s om vada pav in Ghatkopar east. They combine two of our absolute favorite, Maggi and vada pav. If you are a true magi devotee you will surely never have enough of this one. This is the only place throughout Mumbai that serves this one of its kind dishes. The dish has taken vada pav to the whole different level and it’s exquisite.
Paneer Vada Pav
I would not exactly call it a street food because it’s only available in fancy cafes as it is still new. So it will require a few more years to reach the streets. Paneer gives a smoother taste to vada pav. The softness of the paneer works excellently with the buttered pav. And with all the sauce and chutneys combined makes it completely appetizing. It will give you a mild essence of a burger but still manage to hold on to its desi roots.