Living in a foreign land comes with a small baggage of issues. One of the major issues is adjusting to the food habit.
While the immigrants do get over that problem over the course of time, either by adjusting to the local food or procuring the raw ingredients of their native food, either from their home country or nearby specialty stores, albeit at a price, there is still one problem they have to deal with! An outdoor catering service to prepare authentic food from their native country.
Yes! You read it right, and there are valid reasons for that from a business perspective as well.
For instance, an Indian-origin businessman settled in Bangkok, might open up a food business to cater to the Indian diaspora, the local Thai population and even the discerning traveller, who might want to have a taste of authentic Indian cuisine, but a full-fledged catering service would probably not be his cup of tea!
The simple reason would be due to the costs and the extra work involved! And given that orders might be a rarity – after all, how many Indian customers would he find in Bangkok (maybe a few hundreds or thousands, at most) as against, say, Delhi, Mumbai or Kolkata, who might offer him a regular catering order! Obviously, the local Thai population would not want a caterer serving Indian food at a family function. It is that simple.
The usual norm till now was that the Indian diaspora would get hold of a local Thai caterer who might employ a specialty Indian chef or cook to do the honours.
Gradually with time, this has now evolved into a full-fledged catering service offering a bouquet of food to suit all palates.
Now, there are many well-known eateries, including a few specialty Indian restaurants as well, in the Sukhimvit area of Bangkok, which offer outdoor catering service.
Amritsr is one such well-known restaurant in the area serving traditional north Indian cuisine and local Thai delicacy, which have now entered the outdoor catering space.
There are many other good Indian restaurants too, but they don’t claim to offer outdoor catering service. So, the next time, you dine at an Indian restaurant in Bangkok, make sure to check out if they offer catering service as well!