FROM THE TRAVEL ARCHIVES
Galeries Lafayette, Paris 2019
When eating ramen, it's totally cool to slurp away!
Loud slurping may be rude in western cultures, but in Japan it is considered rude not to slurp!
According to Ippudo, a famous ramen chain in Japan, the key to enjoying ramen is sound.
"One should slurp the noodles, creating the distinct noise the Japanese describe as zuzutto, which signifies maximum enjoyment of the Ramen, because it is created by simultaneously consuming the noodles and the soup, which allows the complexity of the flavors to spread throughout the mouth, eventually leading to the ultimate experience of Nodogoshi ... the silky sensation of food slipping through one's throat. But do be careful with the hot soup ..." 🍜
Tiffin carriers or dabbas are round, metal, tiered containers used as lunch boxes in Asia. The tiffin culture was adopted by the British from India and brought to Malaya in the mid 1800s.
*Peranakan — A sub-ethnic community of Malay-Chinese ancestry.
In the Indian city of Mumbai, there is a complex and efficient delivery system that regularly delivers hot lunches packed in dabbas to city office workers from their suburban homes or from caterers. The empty dabbas are then returned to the homes/caterers on the same day. It uses delivery workers known as dabbawalas whose only modes of transport are trains and bicycles.It is claimed that dabbawalas make fewer than one mistake in every six million deliveries.
With a population of over 18 million people in Mumbai, nearly 200,000 homemade lunches are delivered by dabbawalas daily. Even amid the chaos, they have an accuracy of 99.9% in their deliveries!