A Thailand-based food blogger just ate South Indian food in Bangkok and was bowled over. Mark Wiens also got the full South Indian treatment, with 18 different foods served on a banana leaf. Mark posted the video on Instagram, writing, “18 items of South Indian cuisine in Bangkok! Sugam Restaurant #Bangkok Highly recommended for some of the best food and hospitality in Tamil Nadu! #IndianFood”. The food he ate included mango pickles, ponni rice, aviyal, sambhar, rice and more. He ate it all with his hands Desi style, consuming even his palm rasam. Mark calls it a “beautiful food culture” because of the variety and number of foods.
“I’m going here for sure,” wrote one Instagram user. “This is [sic] how is it [sic] ended! On a piece of banana leaf and laid out dishes. Authentic!” said another. Another user confirmed, “We eat with our hands culturally in Nigeria too. It’s more delicious and you’re more connected with food. Lol.” One comment read, “South Indian food is the best food… easy to digest and rich in flavor.”
Mark is not the only influencer to have been won over by Indian cuisine lately. Content creator couple Taccara Rae and Lamboginny recently tried a plate of vindaloo pork. Lamboginny can be seen taking a bite and giving an expression of wonder. He soon takes off his cap and gives his bag to his wife to make herself comfortable and enjoy the dish. After a while he asks for more rice and scrapes all the food off his plate.
An Italian tried the Desi Snack Extraordinaire samosa for the first time and his reaction naturally went viral. The video was shared on Instagram by an Indo-Italian couple, where the Italian partner’s father was the one trying the samosa. He bites into the snack and immediately launches into a little dance. The couple, Amit and Ambra, have over 40,000 followers on Instagram according to a report from India Today, and over 90,000 subscribers on YouTube. Ambra’s dad ate the samosa with green chutney and it’s clear that some foods are universally delicious, even though taste buds have evolved differently for people of different nationalities.
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