China News Service, Nanchang, September 4th, question: Indian restaurant owner in China: cooking Chinese food is almost a "mathematical" rhythm
Author Liu Yujie Li Yunhan
"Indian food and Chinese food have their own strengths, and cooking Chinese food is almost like finding a 'mathematical' rhythm." Roger, who opened an Indian restaurant in the central Chinese city of Nanchang, told a reporter from China News Agency.
Since 2006, Roger from India has embarked on the road to study in China.
In 2018, he majored in medicine and opened an Indian restaurant in Nanchang, becoming a part of this historical and cultural city.
Walking into the restaurant, the national flags hanging on the ceiling come into view, Indian movies are playing on the TV, the melodies of Indian songs are also endless, and the air is filled with a unique fragrance.
The peak lunch period has passed, but there are still many diners eating in the store, and the unique flavor of spices and curry fills the whole room, making people move.
"The basic taste of Chinese cooking comes from frying or frying ginger and garlic in hot oil, while Indian cooking is first seasoned with mustard seeds, fennel seeds and other spices." Referring to the difference between the two countries' cooking, Roger said that with China Compared with other dishes, Indian dishes will add more kinds of spices to make the dishes taste richer.
Entering the store, the national flags hanging on the ceiling come into view, and Indian movies are playing on the TV.
Photo by Liu Yujie
"My favorite Chinese foods are hot pot, barbecue, shredded potatoes..." Roger said he likes Chinese food very much. He believes that Chinese chefs are good at controlling the intensity of the fire, releasing the aroma with heat, and then covering the pot to "lock in" the aroma. , let the residual heat finish the dish, it's almost a "math" rhythm.
"The customers in the store come from dozens of countries, and about 80% of the customers are Chinese." Roger said that his restaurant has become a small cultural exchange place between the two countries. When business is good, it can receive more than 70 people a day, many Chinese customers are very interested in Indian food and culture. Many customers will come to themselves to exchange Indian customs and culture after eating.
"I hope to use food as a medium to build a bridge for cultural exchanges between India and China." Roger said that both India and China are ancient civilizations, and the people of the two countries need to strengthen their understanding, and food is undoubtedly the easiest way.
Roger said that he is interested in Chinese culture and history, likes mahjong and tea, and can study Chinese in his spare time.
"I like Chinese Kung Fu very much, and I knew about Jackie Chan, Jet Li and other Kung Fu stars when I was in India."
"China's high-speed rail has shortened the distance between cities. I have been to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taiyuan and many other places. I like China very much." Roger said that when you go out in China, you can do everything with just a mobile phone .
Most of the customers in the store use mobile phones to pay. Roger sighed repeatedly: "It's very convenient. I rarely use cash in my life now. Mobile payment is very convenient."
As dinner time approached, Roger began to go back to the kitchen to get busy again. Chicken curry, masala yogurt, butter basil, charcoal-grilled butter pancakes... all kinds of Indian delicacies are about to come out one by one.