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Let's go to "Buns" Road!

February 12, 2011
A chef prepares "kat-a-kat" a dish that combines mutton or lamb meat with kidney, heart, and other unusual delicacies. The ingredients are cooked on a "tawa" - a kind of flat wok. As they slowly sizzle the chef uses his knives to rapidly chop them into fine pieces, making the unique "kat-a-kat!" sound which gives the dish its name.
A chef prepares "kat-a-kat" a dish that combines mutton or lamb meat with kidney, heart, and other unusual delicacies. The ingredients are cooked on a "tawa" - a kind of flat wok. As they slowly sizzle the chef uses his knives to rapidly chop them into fine pieces, making the unique "kat-a-kat!" sound which gives the dish its name.
A fried-fish stand sells raw and cooked fish. The fish is marinated in spicy "masala" and then batter-fried to make a delicious and easy meal.
A fried-fish stand sells raw and cooked fish. The fish is marinated in spicy "masala" and then batter-fried to make a delicious and easy meal.
Fish fingers await hungry buyers while the vendor shows off the raw fish to a curious shopper.
Fish fingers await hungry buyers while the vendor shows off the raw fish to a curious shopper.
Whole fish lie in the marinade, soaking up the spicy masala before being fried in a large deep-pan.
Whole fish lie in the marinade, soaking up the spicy masala before being fried in a large deep-pan.
Chicken "Sajji" is made with whole chickens and barbecued on an open fire.
Chicken "Sajji" is made with whole chickens and barbecued on an open fire.
A nearly done Chicken "Sajji" recieves a final glaze over the fire before being served. The chicken is usually eaten with Naan-bread and raita (mint yogurt dip) or even rice.
A nearly done Chicken "Sajji" recieves a final glaze over the fire before being served. The chicken is usually eaten with Naan-bread and raita (mint yogurt dip) or even rice.
"Sajji" is originally a Balochi dish of barbecued whole-lamb stuffed with rice. Karachiites prefer to use chicken and add lots of spice!
"Sajji" is originally a Balochi dish of barbecued whole-lamb stuffed with rice. Karachiites prefer to use chicken and add lots of spice!
Burns Road is best known for its variety of foods, but other interesting wares can also be found there, such as these fish being sold as pets.
Burns Road is best known for its variety of foods, but other interesting wares can also be found there, such as these fish being sold as pets.
A repairman sits out on the sidewalk and works in front of his shop. Inside there are precariously stacked shelves with piles and piles of old typewriters, printers, telephones and fax-machines.
A repairman sits out on the sidewalk and works in front of his shop. Inside there are precariously stacked shelves with piles and piles of old typewriters, printers, telephones and fax-machines.
Dehli Rabri House has been serving the "Famous Burns Road Rabri" since 1964. Rabri is a very sweet dessert made from condensed milk cream and butter.
Dehli Rabri House has been serving the "Famous Burns Road Rabri" since 1964. Rabri is a very sweet dessert made from condensed milk cream and butter.
Tied clay bowls of "Firni" are piled in a basket for sale. Firni or "Kheer" is a kind of rice-pudding that is eaten cool and tastes mild and sweet, a perfect light dessert after a heavy Burns Road meal.
Tied clay bowls of "Firni" are piled in a basket for sale. Firni or "Kheer" is a kind of rice-pudding that is eaten cool and tastes mild and sweet, a perfect light dessert after a heavy Burns Road meal.
A vendor takes out a spoonful of "Dahi Baray" from a giant serving-pot. This sweet or salty dessert is made with dumplings in yogurt, and sprinkled with a little masala to spice things up.
A vendor takes out a spoonful of "Dahi Baray" from a giant serving-pot. This sweet or salty dessert is made with dumplings in yogurt, and sprinkled with a little masala to spice things up.
A heavy meal in Karachi is often followed by a trip to the "Paan Shop". Paan is said to help digestion and freshen breath. Here the owner of 'Noora Paan Shop' jokes with his regulars as he makes them their favorite paans.
A heavy meal in Karachi is often followed by a trip to the "Paan Shop". Paan is said to help digestion and freshen breath. Here the owner of 'Noora Paan Shop' jokes with his regulars as he makes them their favorite paans.
A paan can contain many varying ingredients with tastes ranging from sweet to bitter, all wrapped in a fragrant betel leaf and served to be eaten in one bite. Common paan ingredients include areca nuts, lime paste, and tobacco.
A paan can contain many varying ingredients with tastes ranging from sweet to bitter, all wrapped in a fragrant betel leaf and served to be eaten in one bite. Common paan ingredients include areca nuts, lime paste, and tobacco.
A heavy flow of large busses, taxis, and rickshaws whiz by the hustle bustle on the sidewalks. They add to the strong mix of smells, sounds, and lights - which many would say is all part of the rich Burns Road experience!
A heavy flow of large busses, taxis, and rickshaws whiz by the hustle bustle on the sidewalks. They add to the strong mix of smells, sounds, and lights - which many would say is all part of the rich Burns Road experience!

Situated in the bustling heart of Karachi's Saddar area, Burns Road offers a huge variety of local food and drinks. With many famous and unique restaurants that feature their own specialty dishes, the road is a must-see for curious eaters and food-lovers. Snacks, meals, desserts and drinks are all available. Many places on the street are open during the day but like Karachi itself, Burns Road truly comes alive at night.

Often pronounced "Buns" road locally, the street also offers some other interesting sights and services apart from the authentic and traditional food. Taking a walk down it and sampling the cuisine is a fun and essential way to get a taste of Karachi. - Photography & text by Nadir Siddiqui