Skip to comments.'Millionaire' Bachelors Fly in Mom's Kebabs From Pakistan Every Week
Posted on 10/08/2012 12:41:01 PM PDT by nickcarraway
... and curries, chutneys from India on UAE-bound flights for home-sick expats
Heard the one about the millionaire aboard his yacht in the middle of the Atlantic and felt like his favourite cheeseburger? Well, yeah, he gets a chopper to deliver it to him from his favourite burger joint.
The UAE boasts its own version of such foodie 'millionaires' - only it is not a whim and a fancy that drives their overseas orders, but the fact that eatiog out daily becomes a pain and a drain on the pocket for many bachelors who live away from their families.
Meet Obaid Rathore, who thrives on a steady supply of home-cooked food flown in to the UAE once-a-week.
Rathore, 29, from the Punjab Province of Pakistan told Emirates 24|7 that he has not missed home-cooked food even for a day during his four-and-a-half years stay in the country. Literally! His mom sends him his favourite kebabs, curries and fish on a weekly basis from Pakistan.
A vast network of contacts, family members, friends and aquaintences are tasked with the job of being the food mules.
Ever since I came to the UAE, my mom has been sending me my favourite dishes through friends and relatives who are coming from Pakistan. Luckily for me, I dont miss moms food even while living miles away from her, said Rathore, a Chartered Accountant.
He said initially his mother was worried how he would adjust to the bachelor life - of daily eating from restaurants.
When I moved to Dubai in 2008, she stuffed my suitcase with kebabs which she said I could refrigerate and use for two weeks at least until I settled down. By the time it got over, I had another parcel sent through a relative who was visiting Dubai.
"Thus it went on and my mom makes sure that my reserve of home-cooked food gets replenished every two weeks, said Rathore.There are many bachelors in the UAE who sustain themselves on cooked food sent by their families on a regular basis. As a spate of food poisoning cases are hitting the UAE residents and health experts are warning people to take extreme care while eating out, many argue that home-sent food is their best bet against food poisoning.
The food is safe as it is cooked and frozen at home. When I collect it from my friend at the airport, the packets remain frozen. I keep it refrigerated and heat up small quantities daily. Thus the food remains fresh and will last for more than two weeks, said Balachandran, a civil engineer from Tamil Nadu, India.
He said ever since he took up the job in Sharjah a year ago, his wife has been sending cooked lemon rice, Puliyodara (rice cooked with Tamarind and spices), cauliflower masala, potato curry and other vegetarian dishes through a relative who works in the airline industry.
I am a strict vegetarian and I was not sure whether I will be able to find good vegetarian restaurants here in Sharjah. And I have to admit that I know nothing about cooking, said Bala.
For these home food lovers, having a great number of friends and relatives from their native town is what keeps the food stock from dwindling.
Jose Panakkal, a Keralite from Mumbai said there was no dearth of friends travelling from Mumbai to Dubai who courier the food packets his mother sends regularly.
There are so many Mumbaites flying down to Dubai and back every week. Of course, it requires some networking to find out who is flying in and flying out. I keep my mom informed whenever a friend is coming and she also keeps track of people who are coming to Dubai, said Panakkal who works as a Shipping Assistant.
He receives weekly food parcels from his mother in Mumbai ever since he came to Dubai two years ago.
Panakkal said his moms food that he eats everyday for lunch and dinner helps him stay healthy without much physical exercise. It also helps me save a great deal of money which I otherwise have to shell out on buying food from restaurant. The sad fact is if you want quality food, you have to go to expensive restaurants.
"What you can afford on a daily basis in terms of eating out is least healthy, he said echoing the sentiments of many people who count on food parcels that are sent from across the seas."
I take it men in that region consider it beneath themselves to learn how to cook, at least a bit?
I suppose no one in this country misses home cooking.
Dang... For that much money, he could have brought her over and started her restaurant, eat there everyday and get even richer by letting us in on all that good home cooking...
Missing out on good eats makes me mayud }:^(
But yes, that being said, a lot of men from the region won't/can't cook. And many are picky about what they would even consider to be Indian/Pakistani food - someone from Kerala isn't necesarily going to like something from Delhi. Kind of like BBQ in this country (although I know I guy from Goa who makes an incredible beef brisket).
I'm surprised one of their fellow migrants hasn't thought of setting up a kitchen at the work sites or living quarters there - it's got to be more cost effective than flying it in.
I must be a terrible mother. It was only a couple weeks ago I told my 17 year old, “Make your own damn sandwich.” Shipping food to my kids...roflmao! Maybe some Omaha steaks for a holiday....
Couldn’t you drop a package with a parachute will doing a flight?
No, they can learn to cook their own food, and if a parachute is involved it will be over my head, not dropping food. I’m not martyr mother material. But then my 17 year old daughter moved out a couple weeks ago because I refused to do her laundry, cook every meal, continue to be taxi mom because she didn’t want to learn to drive and expected her to do school work. I’m so mean. /sarc
If they found a wife who could cook, maybe they wouldn’t be bachelors anymore eating shipped home cooked meals no more no more.
“If they found a wife who could cook, maybe they wouldnt be bachelors anymore”
That’s still considered the parents’ job over there.