Food as statusThose slightly younger people have been the beneficiaries of the restaurant culture exploding in Shanghai. The city is home to 23 million people, and has more than 100,000 restaurants, up from less than ten thousand a decade ago. Now, you can find food from all of the provinces of China in Shanghai, as well as every kind of global food style imaginable.
In yesteryears, when Facebook was non-existent and the personal computer not so common even in hotels, travelling to a distant country meant exploring history, culture and traditions. Getting our feet soaked in the wet sands of the beach, enjoying a moment in the hotel balcony and of course, trying the varied cuisines of those distant lands.And these days, all we do is take selfies!Malaysia is a popular destination for the Bangladeshi tourist. The low-cost factor greatly amplifying the influx of Bangladeshi tourists to the country. But somewhere amidst the glitz of KL and the funfare at beach of Langkawi, the serene Pahang rainforest remains unexplored, hidden from the checklist of the Bangladeshi tourist. The many living languages spoken in the street fail to grab our attention, and the food that is served on the wayside restaurant remains unrelished.
Chinese Food Culture
've written several times about my distaste for classifying unfamiliar (to you) foods as "bizarre" or "exotic," as it tends to say more about the classifier's world than about the food itself. It suggests too narrow a cultural framework, and typically carries some uncomfortable Western-centric (often even Caucasian-centric) baggage. That being said, I do get it. I can understand why somebody who grew up in one culture would find some foods from another culture a bit odd. It's not how I would normally choose to classify foods, but of course it makes sense that others might.