GuideTrip – How to eat like a local in India
A huge part of a travel experience is getting to know local traditions, history and culture. You can get in touch with all three aspects of India’s national identity just by eating. Sure, there’s a Starbucks and McDonalds in virtually every city on the planet but do you really want to eat and drink exactly as you would at home when you’re traveling. GuideTrip suggests that you take a break from what you are used to and learn how to eat like a local in India.
Ask a Local
Joining a food tour with your Local Host on GuideTrip is a quick and easy way to familiarise yourself with where the locals in India eat and indulge themselves. In terms of hygiene and the quality of food this is certainly one of the best ways to get around. Click here to know more.
Hit the Markets
If you are on your own, then make a note of where locals get their meals. The more neighbourhoods you explore and the more they seem to be packed with locals – you will get a good indication that you will be getting something delicious and authentic. Click here to know more.
Trust your instincts
Sometimes menus and the like may be in a local language, thus creating a yardstick for whether the restaurant is a local favourite or not. The test applies in each and every corner of India – whether you’re choosing to eat in Chinatown (Calcutta) or in the alley ways of New Delhi. There’s an old GuideTrip saying – why not follow your nose and go where the smell of excellent food takes you – such as the fragrance of clarified butter when spicy chick peas (chole) and Indian bread (bhature) is being cooked. Click here to know more.
Try some street food
There’s no better way to eat like a local unless you sample some exotic street food in India. Sample Golgappas (watery breads), mouth-watering Jalebis, Dosas and Samosas. And let’s not forget – the greatest street food is not found in a fancy restaurant or a five star hotel – you can only find them when you experience the local buzz which is all around you when you visit India. Click here to know more.
Research, Research, Research
There is no shortage of food and travel information these days so researching your destination couldn’t be easier. In addition to the usual travel websites, the food and drink sections of local newspapers will feature the best places to visit for most destinations in India. It’s also a good idea to see if there are any local food blogs – get in touch with GuideTrip’s resident blogger and local host Upasna here.