Surati Farsan Mart is the only entity in LA that does justice to street food from India, declares losfelizhound, and it holds its own against some of the above-average places in Bombay, too.
Pani puri is a must-order. It consists of A) wheat puffs, B) cold soup, and C) lentils with potatoes. Put some C into A, then dunk into B, and voilà: tangy, hot, and sour perfection. There’s also an intense mint chutney.
Just down the street, Standard Sweets & Snacks looks like the newest street-food joint in Little India, but it’s just been on hiatus for a couple of years, says boogiebaby. It doesn’t really compete with Surati Farsan, but it does offer an unusual Gujarati specialty, mogho pinni, or boiled yam in a spiced tomato sauce—very sour, but delicious in its own way.
Standard’s pani puri isn’t as good as Surati Farsan’s, but the puffs are fresher, and they seem handmade.
Surati Farsan Mart [Little India]
11814 E. 186th Street, Artesia
Standard Sweets & Snacks [Little India]
18600 Pioneer Boulevard, Artesia
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