Last week I went back to Spark Hill to do some shopping and get some of the great curry they make down there. The big supermarkets are all still there selling everything from Dubhi to celery. As are all the little curry shops that look as though there put together with left over furniture. As random as they look, they none the less have some of the best food I’ve tasted in Birmingham. To put it simply it tastes like it was cooked just for you. There are also a lot shiny new shops that have sprung up selling sweets and curries from behind glass counters, but ultimately it’s the same food repackaged for a new audience.
So if your driving by, or just on a bus and passing through, why not get out and walk around for a bit. I know it’s like a lot of other places in the city, but that’s until you go and get something to eat. It’s well worth a visit, even if you do walk away with a bag full plastic containers 🙂
Azad obviously sell a lot of fruit and veg, which is traditionally displayed outside in piles of enticing fresh produce
Just liked the image…
Saris outside a shop on Stratford Road
Jalebi being prepared outside a traditional Indian sweet shop on the Stratford Rd. You will find a variety of food carts along the Rd.
The odd little shop near Al where you can buy everything from crockery to strange plastic animals for your parties and you lawns if that’s your thing
Some of the quirky curry shops are being replaced by new bread of shinny glass establishments.
A delivery of fresh produce from the wholesaler
A small business owner by his wares outside his shop
Along side all the exotic food you will also find traditional English sweets and cakes.
Dudhi is a vegetable that is often used in traditional Indian cooking
The Stratford Rd has a lot to offer the adventurous food shopper
The Milan sweet centre doesn’t just sell sweets. It also caries a wide range of delicious vegetarian curries, samosas, and snacks
There are obviously a lot of sari shops, but these are only one side of the area
Al superstore on the Stratford Rd who carry a bewildering array of produce including XO Cognac, fresh nutmegs, and every spice you could ever want
There are hundreds of little food stands
There are also a surprising number of cloths shops, not all of which just sell saris
Petits fours sells both traditional wedding and celebration cakes, as well as traditional Indian sweets and coffee and cake that you can eat on the premises.
Stratford Rd isn’t just about fruit and veg, you can buy just about anything there.
The Azad supermarket is just one of many large shops selling all sorts of things from spices to toasters
The piles of fresh produce are very appealing and sometimes I end up just buying a lot of melons for the sake of it
You still see people sitting on benches on the streets chatting and relaxing
Small business take advantage of demand and pop up little outside stores to cater to people who need to call long distance with phone cards
Al fruit and veg sell a lot more than just veg, or fruit. They carry just about everything you could want from nutmeg, XO Cognac, to butternut squash.
Next to the sweet shop you will find phone cards and cheep overseas calls.
Desi cakes and sweets, selling traditional Indian sweets.
Fresh fruit and veg available in all sorts of ways, including by the bowl full 🙂
Interesting people live there