The West has often been careless when dealing with Asian cultures. Be it cuisine, traditions, customs or languages.
Take this American restaurant in Washington for instance. The restaurant which specializes in Indian cuisines has gone viral for mislabeling and misnaming traditional Indian dishes.
According to Twitter user, Inika, the restaurant has indeed ‘white washed’ several of its traditional Indian offerings. The food outlet, for example, named its vadas served with sambar as “Dunked doughnut (savory fried doughnuts) delight”.
The outlet also named its idlis as “Dunked rice cake delight”. On top of that, they also label plain dosas as ‘naked crepes’ and masala dosas as ‘smashed potato crepes.’ As expected, users online have been outraged over this reckless handling.
One user wrote: “This is an embarrassment for the Indian community outside India: how still weak & taken for granted despite adorning big tech as CEOs, doctors, cabinet & what not! Indians & everything associated with them: music, food, culture have no respectable existence in western world…shame!!”
While another user simply tweeted, “what in the ghost kitchen is this abomination”. Apart from the westernized names, netizens have also taken issue with the pricing of the dishes. Many found it to be unreasonably expensive.
The restaurant, ‘Indian Crepe Co’ is yet to respond officially.