All in the Mu­rukku

If you still haven't tried the famed Mu­rukku Sand­wich, then it's time you head to Link's, a tiny fast food joint in Pur­sai­walkam.

India Today - - FEATURE - By Prachi Sibal Pho­to­graphs by SUMANTH KU­MAR

The famed Mu­rukku Sand­wich, a pop­u­lar snack on the streets of Chennai, was ac­tu­ally born as a happy ac­ci­dent nearly 30 years ago on a busy street in Pur­sai­walkam, at a hole-in-wall eatery called Link's. This is where Mu­rukku Sand­wiches are to­day doled out by the hun­dreds. The fast food and cool bar was well-known for its snacks and would see many stu­dents and of­fice go­ers stop by for a quick bite. It was, how­ever in 1998, when the staff was work­ing late and look­ing for a snack them­selves that owner Har­shad Sheth, 67, put to­gether what was avail­able in the kitchen to make this un­usual prepa­ra­tion. “We used to sell mu­rukku and they were read­ily avail­able. So we chopped up some onions and toma­toes and threw in some masala and cheese. It tasted good,” says Sheth. The next day, he of­fered the sand­wiches to a few stu­dents. The Mu­rukku Sand­wich soon made its way to the shop’s menu. “Word spread and peo­ple be­gan com­ing from as far as Ad­yar and Tam­baram for a taste our cre­ation,” says Sheth. Three lay­ers of crunchy mu­rukku, no bread and a fill­ing of onions, toma­toes, cu­cum­ber, house­made masala as sea­son­ing and cheese, if you opt for it, is what makes up the Mu­rukku Sand­wich. The re­sult is a crispy spicy snack. The mu­rukku is crunchy with­out be­ing tough and made in-house. Usu­ally Sheth or his wife Arati, 59, is seen sit­ting at the small cash counter at­tached to a mod­est open kitchen serv­ing the snack swiftly.

How­ever, their pop­u­lar Mu­rukku Sand­wich isn’t the only item on the menu. There’s a Bhujia sand­wich, Lon­don toast made of potato fill­ing, Hakkabakka sand­wich and a Junglee sand­wich as well. Talk about the fu­ture and Sheth is hope­ful that Link’s is here to stay. “My chil­dren aren’t in­ter­ested in the busi­ness, but my staff is trained and has been with me for years. It will be up to them to take the legacy for­ward”, he says.

At Link’s, Ari­hant Apart­ments, Raja An­na­malai Road, Pur­sai­walkam

Price Rs 40 on­wards for a mu­rukku sand­wich

THE BHUJIA SAND­WICH, LON­DON TOAST, HAKKABAKKA SAND­WICH AND JUNGLEE SAND­WICH MAKE FOR GREAT PICKS TOO.

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