Letter: None compares to ancient cuisine of China, India




Ed Erny

Greenwood

To the editor:

As a missionary, I have been privileged to live most of my life in Asia. I was born in Beijing and grew up in North India. Allahabad was my home and just down the street from our home lived Pundit Nehru. After seminary, my wife and I spent 20 years in Taiwan (China) and later Hong Kong and the Philippines.

Although the West has given the world many of its greatest inventions, from automobiles and electric lights to ballpoint pens and iPads, when it comes to cuisine, none compares with the ancient arts of China and India. Perhaps that’s because our history is not sufficiently long to acquire such skills. China and India have the longest history of any nations — about 4,000 years. (Egypt is longer, but the early Egyptian race died out long ago.)

It occurred to me that truly great recipes cannot be concocted in a mere century or two. Chinese food, by common consent, is the world’s best. Americans can appreciate that. Within 10 minutes of our home in Greenwood, we have found about 40 Chinese restaurants.

It is curious that Indiana has yet to discover the incomparable cooking of India. The English who colonized India for 200 years share a passion for Indian food. It is said there are more Indian restaurants in London than those that serve European food.

I feel that India with its enchanting spices has a slight edge over China.

 

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