My mother being a house wife spent her most of life in cooking for us and never ask to go out. It happens only on mere occasions that our family order outside food or went to luxuries Indian restaurant for dinner. I only remember that happened in year of 2003 when family was on south India vacation. But on those rare occasions, when we decide to go out, my mom always says, “Indian restaurant Indian Restaurant” and that it also twice, to make sure we her voice. but then I think, the reason that why my mother only prefers to eat Indian food and doesn’t prefer Chinese or international food is that she never had good international food. Whenever we have been outside. She has never taken taste of real international cuisines. When we say international food, she can only imagine fat and unhealthy people eating cheap noodles that sticks to your guts and the unhealthy mono-sodium glutamate that strangle your throat to your last breath with cancer. So, I wonder, are international cuisines are really that bad what my mom’s feels like. I feel truth lies with the other things like quality of food, hygiene, ambiance, cost and the way international cuisines are served in India.
Packing of food:
Continental of Chinese food always carried in plastic bags rather in recycle paper. On the other hand, when we order Indian Chicken Biryani then it is properly packed in the container. The volume of ordering makes practically difficult for small vendors to pack every Chinese noodle order in plastic bags.
Quality of food: A common local street cuisine in Chinese triple chicken noodle. This cuisine contains omelet, deep fried noodle and saute fried noddle. Since this dish is made from deep fried ingredients, it will always contain lot of oil. This makes presumption that Chinese food is always deep fried or excessively oily.
Person who deliver the food:
You don’t expect a guy walking to your door or table with coat and jacket in a country like India. International countries have strong dress code and hence when you watch them on Television delivering the food to table they are always well suit up. But when you take a delivery at your home or a table in Indian restaurant, he or she is always is some wrong dress sense. Only few metropolitan places where there are lot of foreign visitors, only those places we would see waiters with some dress code.
Cost of the food:
At any Indian average town, cost of the Chicken lollipop is Rs200 per 6 pieces. Chicken lollipop is most commonly savored Chinese delicacy in India. But if you get Chicken Biryani, it will cost you around Rs400. The difference is not definitely in quantity. In fact, we get more food quantity in chicken lollypop than Chicken Biryani. The difference is the mindset. Since chicken Biryani sounds some royal dish, every Indian restaurant charge it at exorbitant price. In addition to that, Majority of the places you will not find chicken biryani with lot of food color instead of real masalas.
Time to cook:
A typical Chinese food at any Indian street vendor or restaurant, you will get the dish within 10 minutes of ordering. But same would be different for Indian cuisine. So, we tend to get into the assumption that Chinese food is a fast food with no real nutrient value because it is available in such a less amount of time.
Taste of food:
Procrastination of international food:
consider an example, if you tell your parents, you had Chinese food. First thing they will say is, “why are you eating unhealthy food”. We live in an era, where everything that is tagged as Chinese food is unhealthy. If that is true, then why China has largest population in the world. If that was true, then all the Chinese in the world would have never survived so long. Scientifically Chinese or any other international cuisine are as healthy as Indian food. So there is no distinguish or difference when it comes to nutritional value.