Eating on the road

Reading accounts of travel through Asia by Victorian and Edwardian writers, it would seem that they were planning trips through territories which no human had ever visited. They never took into account that food must be plentiful, because there were plenty of people living there. Of course, they were hamstrung by suppositions that they would not be able to eat the food that “natives” ate. When half the food of colonials in British India was Indian, and the spice trade was what had brought them there, this seems like a silly fear.

In actual fact there is seldom a lack of food. Ward says it well, “… since the geography books inform us with surprising unanimity that there are 400,000,000 Chinese there must be food somewhere in China.” Nevertheless he tells his readers to take along jam, Worcestershire sauce and a case of whisky. In the 21st century I think you’ll find these things even in the remotest islands of the Pacific. Whatever. I’m so glad I’m traveling again, and experiencing the romance of little roadside eateries. Chai at sunset, a plateful of steaming momo, fresh vegetables picked from the kitchen garden, a quick omelet, even a mood table with a view. I missed it.

By I. J. Khanewala

I travel on work. When that gets too tiring then I relax by travelling for holidays. The holidays are pretty hectic, so I need to unwind by getting back home. But that means work.


  1. Food in roadside eateries in the Himalayan foothills is delicious, the thick milk tea, the omelet, hot parathas slathered with butter. Have a great journey and experiences.

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  2. We like to eat the local cuisine wherever we go. I still remember the aloo parathas in roadside eateries in Uttarakhand, kulchas in Amritsar, idlis in Chennai and in other places. We love it.

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  3. I J, Isn’t this interesting! I wonder what they did eat? Did they bring along there own chefs and food too? They couldn’t drink their way through India! I am glad you are on the road again! I am too! Cady

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    1. I think Ward ate what he could get (apart from jam and Worcestershire sauce) but some of the people who traveled with him complained bitterly in their letters home.

      Great to travel again, isn’t it!


  4. Your post reminds me of a lady we met on a tour of China many years ago, who declared she didn’t eat Chinese food or anything ‘foreign’. Despite this she’d booked a tour which clearly stated ‘all meals apart from some breakfasts are Chinese’. She was horrified to find that this really was the case and there was no Western alternative. She ate more or less only plain boiled rice for the whole tour!!

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