Si Shaojie, 30, cooks at his Desi Food restaurant. [Photo by Qi Xin/chinadaily.com.cn]
A small restaurant serving Indian cuisine for foreign students, especially those from India and Pakistan, is considered by students as their own nearby "Indian canteen" in Zhengzhou, the capital city of Central China’s Henan province.
Si Shaojie, 30, the owner of "Desi Food", has served curry fried rice, chili chicken and other Indian delicacies for three years, with his restaurant attracting a group of lively and friendly customers, connected with each other through food.
Si wanted to run a restaurant after graduation. As an English major, he wanted to communicate with foreigners and learn the different cultures around the world, including food.
Then he learned Indian cuisine from an Indian cook as he knew Chinese food was not to the taste to many overseas students in China.
"Indian food is diverse and extraordinary, reflecting a complex layering of cultures through history and based on religious beliefs, geography, climate and availability of various ingredients," Si said.
In addition, the combination of fresh ingredients and cooking techniques are both a gastronomic delight and fulfill today’s requirements, he said, which was also interested him most.