The 6th edition of the China Town Food & Cultural Festival was held a couple of weeks back [10th & 11th April]. The annual event was a wonderful opportunity for me to discover this area of Port Louis that has been home to the chinese community ever since the first chinese immigrants landed on our island decades ago.
The festival organised by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce attracts hundreds of Mauritians and tourists every year who come to sample chinese delicacies or watch the colourful dragons and lions that roam the streets to ward off evil spirits. A great way to get acquainted with the cultural and historical landmarks that this little chinese quarter has witnessed so far.
Of course, the first thing that caught my eye was food. Several food stalls had been set up at various locations for visitors who wanted to give street food a try. Shops and restaurants extended their opening hours well into the night with special menus at discounted prices. Noodles/chow mein and dim sum/boulette stalls seemed to be most successful though more obscure dishes were available for those daring enough to subject their taste buds to more exotic tastes.