Multan’s Hub of Colorful Art and Street Food

By Hina Ali

Why is that nowadays, you will find more of the youth speaking about history on social media and less of them actually making an effort to explore the actual roots that ignite our history. Multan is one of the richest city of Pakistan in terms of art and culture.

The local Sohn-Halwa and Blue-White traditional colorful work on the clay pots – they are what usually define Multan. But, Multan is much more than just that. It has colorful art and even more colorful variety of food.

We went down to Multan Art Council and the surrounding areas over the last weekend. Read on to know all about food and history at play!

Multan Art Council

We visited Multan Art Council. Formed under the statutory provisions of the PUCAR (Punjab Council of Arts), it has the honour of organizing 1st Sufi Festival 2006, exhibiting sculptures of Sadiq Ali Shehzad, organizing international Women Day 2009, Textile Fashion shows 2011, Japanese Calendar Show, Fine Arts Classes, Lok Mela, Saraiki Adab Festival 2015, Mango Festivals and much more. Which is why to see what colors Multan beholds nowhere is better than this.

What we got to see:

Live hand-painting 

Statues of compassion

Painting, statues, live blue-White artwork on the clay pots, and youth paying heed to what was being explained by the guide. Each and everything there had an aura of our culture.

Foodies got hungry:

Just like the Multan Art Council is the hub of the colorful art of Multan, the street next to its building is the hub of Multan’s street food. So we got to dive into:

Spicy Fish

Crispy hot and ready to be devoured

Notable spicy fish of “Molvi fish corner”. It was up to the mark, marinated with an array of spices with a balance of soft and crispy outer. We loved how they served the fish in the clay pots.

Falooda

You won’t say “Falooda tohh sirf Lahore ka.” after this. Our sweet tooth craving was satisfied by two variations of faloodas. Right in front of Multan Art Council is a stall ‘Shahid ka Special Multani falooda’ from where we devoured:

The Milk falooda: We thought it would be full of dry fruits and cream but it was a simple one but tasted quite good. We loved every bit. The double-Rabri “tikii” at the top of the bowl was to die for.

The ice falooda:  Crushed ice, various syrups,  topped with nuts, mini gulab jaman or rasgulla, and Melted berfi was out of the world.

If you do find yourself in Multan don’t miss out on the street food here, there are a lot of flavors to explore and colors to dive into.

A girl whose first and last love is food. She is on a mission to taste each and everything edible around her.