Breakfast in LYARI, KARACHI – Street Food in Former Danger Zone in Pakistan

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– Blue, we have pink, yellow.
– As-salamu alaykum.
(speaking in foreign language)
– What’s the name of
the area of town again?
– It’s called Lyari.
– Lyari.
And this is, you can also
call it mini Balochistan
because so many people so many
our Baloch friends live here
and this is a very vibrant area.
People from this area are very hospitable,
very great people, yeah.
– And Balochistan is the
province of Pakistan which is
just North of Sindh,
North of Karachi, right?
Along the coast line and
then on the border of Iran.
It’s a province that we weren’t
able to visit on this trip
because we ran out of time
but that’s why we wanted
to visit this area.
This is like mini
Balochistan, within Karachi.
And so we’re just going to
walk around a little bit.
There’s one famous street
which is very colorful.
It’s called Kiran Gali,
it’s very colorful it’s very
picturesque and so that’s
what we’re gonna walk down
and just kind of see what happens here.
Lyari Town is one of the 18
constituent towns of Karachi,
known as little Balochistan.
Just a few years ago,
Lyari was a war zone.
Ruled by gangs and known for
its brutal violence and unrest,
but recently things have changed.
We wanted to visit Lyari for
one, because I didn’t have
a chance to visit Balochistan
on my trip to Pakistan.
And for two, in our very
short visit, to share a story
of people, hope, and
those making a difference.
(car honks)
I believe the old name is
called Baghdadi street but now,
it’s called Kiran Gali street.
And it’s a colorful alley, only
walking and motorcycle lane.
But you just see the buildings.
They’ve taken an initiative to take pride
in their neighborhood, to color,
to paint beautiful bright colors.
It’s very colorful, very
vibrant and beautiful actually.
So we’re just going to
walk down the street.
(upbeat music)
(horn honk)
And he has this bicycle
pump attached to a horn.
He pumps the bicycle pump
and that just blows the horn.
So that lets the entire
community here know
that he’s selling bread for the day.
Okay we’re jumping into a rickshaw.
We’re on our way to this food street
which I think is called Mombasa street.
Rickshaw is the best way to get there.
Oh he came with us too.
I think we met him in
the colorful neighborhood
and he’s joined.
How are you guys back there?
– We are the Lyari boys today.
– [Host] The Lyari boys.
(upbeat electronic music)
(car honk)
(cars driving by)
It’s great when we just
casually drive down the wrong
side of the road, intentionally.
(laughs)
You just gotta be careful
you don’t hang out too far.
Or you’re, whoa.
(upbeat techno music)
Hello!
– Hi
– Yes, just on their way to school.
Oh man this is an amazing little ride
through mini Balochistan.
Okay, rickshaw rides are
always fun and entertaining.
We got off in a more
busy area of this region
or of this district and we’re gonna,
there’s a busy food stall
that we’re gonna check out.
Whoa look at these pomegranate seeds.
(cars honk)
(cards sputtering)
(upbeat music)
– [Host] As-salamu alaykum
– Salaam (speaks foreign language)
– [Host] Yeah this is the spot.
– (speaks foreign language)
(kitchen utensils clanking)
(yelling)
(car engines sputtering)
– We stopped at a stall,
a little restaurant
on the side of the road and
this is a very popular spot.
Lots of people are eating breakfast here.
(speaking foreign language)
– He’s serving a local breakfast
but in this area of mini Balochistan.
So he has channa which is the chickpeas.
And then he also has
Paya which is a cow foot
in this version it’s cow foot stew.
And he’s about to serve us.
(upbeat music)
(utensils clanking)
Nice, they put it on top.
(cars honking and driving past)
– (speaking foreign language)
All the best!
Nice, nalli.
Nalli Paya.
– [Host] Nalli Paya.
– Nalli Paya,
all the best.
(speaking in foreign language)
(laughing)
(speaking in foreign language)
– [Host] Rubber band.
(laughing)
Too fast, too fast man.
(laughing)
So much style.
He’s so fast, he has so
much style, so much skill.
What a friendly amazing man.
Yes man, wow, very good.
And I think he just hooked
us up with a special.
The very special, the very special.
And he’s like singing.
Wow.
What a master, another
just ultimate, skillful,
wow
that looks awesome.
He made us three different dishes
and they’re like special dishes.
One is the egg with the
channa, with the chickpeas.
One is the Nalli which is the bone marrow.
Which he took that bone
and I didn’t even know
what he was gonna do
and he just, he hit it.
He punched out the marrow into the plate.
And then one kind of daal.
And this is something
I haven’t had so far,
just a loaf of bread, whoa,
very crusty loaf of bread.
I’m gonna try the Paya
first and I don’t even know
what that, oh that looks like tendon.
That looks like tendon and that looks like
a lump of skin and then
the marrow should just be
floating around all in here.
I should grab whatever that chunk is.
Oh wow,
that’s oily and meaty.
Oh and there’s a little
bit of channa in here too.
Whatever I picked up
looks pretty gelatinous.
(upbeat music)
Gelatinous would be the
way to describe that,
and I got a little like
toe bone in that bite.
That’s good though, you can
taste the bread just absorbs
all that Desi ghee and that flavor.
You can taste the chilis
in there, it’s mild
but it’s like a very
warming, very kind of oily,
very heavy, very rich.
And you can really taste the ghee in that.
Okay, next I’m gonna try
the chickpeas and the egg.
Break into it, oh here’s a nice little,
oh there’s a chili in there too.
Okay, grab that chili, whole chili
with the egg with some
of that chickpea stew.
I just removed that stem.
That’s a good combination because
you’ve got the creamy yolk
plus the creaminess of the chickpeas.
And again, the ghee wrapping it up.
That one is like a classic breakfast.
It’s just like warm and comforting.
Okay, the final dish we
got is a type of daal.
And again you can see that ghee.
And I’m gonna dip this
into the chutney provided.
It looks like a kind of a
watery, kind of yogurty, chutney
with a little bit of herb in it.
The chutney kind of brightens it up.
Kind of refreshes the mouth.
Along with the richer stew.
(upbeat music)
Good?
– This is very crispy bread.
– [Host] Yeah, the bread
is nice and crispy.
– Nice, nice and crispy.
– One shot from far.
Shukriya, shukriya.
– All the best.
– [Host] Thank you man,
shukriya.
That was a delicious breakfast.
He’s such a friendly man.
Again he did not want to
charge us for breakfast.
And that just shows his
kindness, his hospitality.
But yeah.
What an amazing place, a little stall.
And that’s a heavy and
rich, rich breakfast.
This area, especially formerly,
was known as not a very safe area.
Actually quite a
dangerous area in Karachi.
It’s an area that’s very friendly.
It’s an area that has a lot of character.
And it represents
Balochistan, which is a region
of Pakistan that’s very less
traveled, very less visited.
And so a part of the reason
that Ali and I wanted
to come check this neighborhood
out and just explore it
a little bit is just
to show that the people
are so welcoming, so friendly.
And that things are really
improving in this neighborhood,
in this community, within Karachi.
The city within a city in Karachi.
And just being able to
see the colorful street.
People taking initiative to take pride
in their neighborhood.
And then the amazing man who we met
who just served us breakfast.
Thanks Ali and Farouk.
– Even for me it was first time to Lyari
and I think it’s amazing.
This place has a very rich
and distinctive character.
And I think everybody,
especially people from Karachi
you should come here, yeah.
– Cool.

100 comments

  1. We were greeted by nothing but hospitality, friendliness, and a delicious Pakistani breakfast. Thanks to Ali (https://www.instagram.com/alinhamdani/) and Shehroze. One more Pakistan video tomorrow. If you're not already, subscribe now: http://bit.ly/MarkWiensSubscribe Thank you for watching!

  2. Mark when u cum India pls cum Chandigarh…my home I m invite u for lunch with Ur family..I m big fan your..n I m foodie to

  3. I like how humble and how you are willing to learn other people's cultures before critizing the world needs more people like you

  4. Amazing vibe from the street guy!!! So blessed mate just amazing awesome ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’ฏโค๏ธ

  5. Itโ€™s incredible! Lots of these vendors on these videos from Pakistan do not take any money for the food they serve. Their warmth is pure gold. And this is coming from an Indian. Wish I could visit Pakistan in my lifetime.

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  7. i just visited pakistan and the people are so so nice they also make the best food personaly my fav was birani i dont know how to spell it ๐Ÿ˜‚ by the way pakistan is actually the best country ive ever traveled too

  8. This is mini Balochistan… right in the heart of Karachi and non of them look like that they want free Balochistan.

  9. sab chij India se copy, language bhi India ka national language bolte hain, apna urdu bolne me sarm jo aati hai. #CopyCat

  10. Dude.. no matter how you try to make it look delicious wonโ€™t change the fact that itโ€™s junk and dirty. Sorry you have to go through all of that for us.

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  12. Karachi got destroyed post 1947 with muhajirs and forced conversions……till the time it was a part of undivided India, it was one of the most progressive coastal cities and comparable to Mumbai in trade, exports and lifestyle.

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  14. Am from the UK but from pakistani ethnicity but I was not born in pakistan.
    I was born in East Africa.
    I have been to pakistan and trust me when I say that these people only are happy to see foreigners. When I say foreigners I mean people from different races.
    Also, its a dirty country and these street food and even restaurant have no basic hygience when they prepare food.

    You will always get ill either vomit your guts out or have the shits.

    I know a couple who are from this city but living in the uk.
    They went to karachi for 2 weeks and they were ill through out! LOL.

    Another couple from the UK who went last year but to the capital Islamabad were ill and her husband has said he will never came back.

    My mothers second cousin also from the UK who is a pakistani born thought himself as A big man and refused to be vaccinated when he visited pakistan.

    He was so sick with diareah and vomit he did not have the strength to stand up.

  15. why are your fingers so stiff when youre trying to eat with your hands are you a cripple of some sort? learn to eat with your hands

  16. Mark only tried from greed spoon from third class locality not Karachi while he can eat from far better middle class restaurant in hygienic environment Karachi has countless hotels with deliciousfoods

  17. There is one thing that no one can observe here…. always he travel along with his wife and son….but not in pakisthan…..all of us know the answer why!!! ๐Ÿ˜‚

  18. i hope pakistan people will take good care their country, cleanliness is very important in islam, hope pakistan people change their mindset, bcoz they lived in very beautiful country, good food, and nice people

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