Asked anyone who had been away from home for a while and they will tell you the same truth: home-cooked meals are simply the best!
It’s a shared testimonial among individuals who left home either for greener pastures in other countries or for professional responsibilities which eventually separated them from the comforts of home. For many overseas workers, who left their home countries to work abroad, even the smell of home-cooked food brings tears to their eyes.
We listed down five reasons why home-cooked food is always better and how, if you are living or working overseas, you can have your fill of Asian flavors without flying back home:
Home-cooked food is comfort food.
There is a feeling of security when you smell the familiar aroma in the air or taste that particular spiciness in your curry, most especially if these are the dishes that your mother or grandmother cooked during your childhood. Home-cooked food will always be comfort food. Have you ever had that experience when you feel so bad about work and all you want to have is a grilled tuna sandwich that was lovingly prepared in your Mama’s kitchen? Have you ever had a fever and yet you never need any medicine other than your mother’s chicken soup? Home-cooked food is comforting, satisfying and yes… therapeutic!
Cooking at home is cost-effective.
Rather than reserving a table for six and paying hundreds of dollars for a three-course meal, consider making a delicious home-cooked meal at the comfort of your house. You can plan your menu ahead of time so you can choose the most affordable and freshest ingredients for your dishes. There are some days when, as soon as you’ve finished cooking breakfast and cleaning up the kitchen, it’s time to start lunch, and by the time you’ve done that, you’re doing dinner and thinking, ‘There has to be a menu we can order from.’”
Home-cooked meals spark creativity.
The kitchen is the most creative space in your home. Why? Because you can have anything in your fridge put together, mixed together or combined together and before you even knew it, you came up with some dish that is yet to be given a name. It is in the kitchen that you experiment on boiling, blanching, baking, chopping, cutting, slicing, peeling… and you end up learning how each flavor complements each other and how you can mix certain flavors to achieve the tastiest dish you could ever prepare.
Cooking food at home strengthens the bond of family members.
Home-cooking can be a cost-effective bonding activity for the members of the entire family. On lazy weekends, gather up the family members for a potluck. Agree to cook one dish each and then you share your specialty dishes with each other by lunch or dinner, whichever works. Pretty sure, you will end up swapping recipes or learning about the magic of baking soda. There is a certain kind of bond that is formed when family members work together all because of food. Lara Esquivel, the author of Like Water For Chocolate, said, “Cooking is one of the strongest ceremonies for life. When recipes are put together, the kitchen is a chemical laboratory involving air, fire, water and the earth. This is what gives value to humans and elevates their spiritual qualities.”
Home-cooked food connects us to our roots.
Any person who has lived alone (or those who have been away from their childhood homes) will always attempt to recreate their mother’s sought-after recipe. This “return” to where you come through food is a manifestation of how home-cooked food connects us to our roots.
For example, the famous rendang or meat stewed in coconut milk and spices is believed to have originated from West Sumatra, Indonesia. Researchers say water buffalo was used as meat for this dish then. A family or community is said to be wealthy if they are able to sacrifice an entire water buffalo to make the dish. Because the meat of the water buffalo is tough, the locals then thought of braising the meat with coconut milk on low temperature until it takes the form of dry curry.
Interesting, isn’t it?
Indeed, it is food that binds us together.
We, at Christa Tuna, grew up seeing our mothers spent long hours preparing home-cooked Indonesian meals in the kitchen. We love our home-cooked meals! We have observed how food is made and we have consumed a lot of them so trust us to deliver you with easy-to-eat-variants that were made only with soybean oil and with no preservatives.
Pro-tip: Try out the Christa Tuna Kampoeng Fried Rice, Christa Tuna Padang Sauce Green Chili, and Christa Tuna Spicy Bali Sauce to experience the unique flavors of Indonesia in a can. Find out more tuna recipe here.