A Little Travel Memory … Unique Take-Out Containers in India

Asking for a to-go container in India yields some pretty interesting results… and to be honest this may have been the only time I asked so I’m not sure what I would have gotten elsewhere. You see, a lovely little Tibetan restaurant in McLeod Ganj had amazing momos. I don’t jest; these were some of the tastiest momos my cousin and I had found (and I made a job out of sampling different momos at each new restaurant). I was flummoxed though when faced with what to do at the end of my meal because in the true nature of eating out in India, my need to sample yielded more food than I could possibly eat in one sitting.

But as we got ready to leave, the vegetarian momos looked so lonesome and wasteful sitting on the table and I couldn’t bear to leave the last six on the plate.

So I asked for a way to wrap ’em up and take ’em home as a snack later.

Take Out Containers in India!

A unique version of take-out in India (and note, my skin is still pink from celebrating Holi the week before).

I applaud their creativity and ability to reuse just about anything. And I’m a huge fan of recycling so I won’t fault them on intent. That being said, this is a dog food container holding human food in a country that is, like me, mostly vegetarian.

So here’s a question do you think I ate them and would you have?!

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31 Responses to A Little Travel Memory … Unique Take-Out Containers in India

  1. Charlie December 28, 2010 at 7:06 am #

    Momos is the one of the good dishes I ate during my travels. I liked it so much specially the T-Momos. You should try T-momos its more yummy than momos. Hope you have a good time at India!

  2. Angela December 17, 2010 at 4:29 am #

    Well, aren’t they supposed to be “doggy-bags”? Seems like they took the definition a tad too seriously :P I wouldn’t have left them there either though ;)

    • Anonymous December 18, 2010 at 2:32 am #

      Lol, yeah, they took it a bit too literally! Glad you’d have eaten ’em too

  3. SoloFriendly December 12, 2010 at 8:35 pm #

    PLEASE tell me you saved the bag and continue to reuse it for snacks! That would be hilarious. Can you imagine the looks you’d get? LOL.

    • Anonymous December 13, 2010 at 4:03 am #

      Oh man, that would have been brilliant if I had! Next time, next time I will
      remember this lesson :)

  4. mach3 December 12, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

    You have got to be kidding me! LOL!

    • Anonymous December 12, 2010 at 3:33 pm #

      Lol! Seriously, that’s what the food was given to us in! :)

  5. Anonymous December 12, 2010 at 2:47 am #

    Hmm, first time I’ve seen that! I’m not sure I’d be too pleased with receiving that, but I guess when you’re in India standards are lowered to the floor and then lowered some more too.

    • Anonymous December 12, 2010 at 3:37 pm #

      Lol, they’re certainly different standards over there – but to be fair, they
      did wash the bag out *incredibly* well before doing it! :)

  6. Maria Staal December 11, 2010 at 7:37 am #

    Great story, Shannon! I am a veggie as well and must admit I would probably have hesitated eating from the bag, specially as there used to be meat inside. But I think if the bag was clean and not smelling of dog food, I would probably have eaten the momos as well. :)

    • Anonymous December 11, 2010 at 6:31 pm #

      It was tough as a veggie, knowing that the meat had been in it – but it was
      obvious that they had taken care to really clean out the bag well :) Glad
      you would have too!

  7. Anonymous December 10, 2010 at 5:25 pm #

    Did the bag still smell like dog food? I think you did, and I would have, but if that kibbles and bits odor hit me, I would not have :)

    • Anonymous December 10, 2010 at 6:40 pm #

      It definitely did not smell like dog food – thoroughly clean inside! If it
      had I would not have been able to handle eating any of it at all! lol :)

  8. zablon mukuba December 10, 2010 at 4:40 am #

    they must have been seriously delicious for you to carry them in that bag

    • Anonymous December 10, 2010 at 3:30 pm #

      Oh yeah, they were tasty enough to even allow them to be carried in that bag
      and still be eaten! :)

  9. GlobalButterfly December 9, 2010 at 9:13 pm #

    Hahaha, that is HILARIOUS!!! I’m guessing you probably at them, yes? If they were THAT good, I would have eaten them too. :)

    • Anonymous December 10, 2010 at 3:30 pm #

      Glad I’m in good company and you would have too! I’ll be honest though, it
      could have gone either way. My cousin refused to eat them, but I caved later
      on when I got hungry and the memory of how tasty they were won me over! :)

  10. Sofia December 9, 2010 at 7:12 am #

    Haha they took your word for a “doggy bag” literally..!

    • Anonymous December 10, 2010 at 3:28 pm #

      LOL! It definitely gives new meaning to the term when I ask for ones at
      restaurants! :)

  11. Audrey December 9, 2010 at 3:48 am #

    Definitely great creativity and resourcefulness here. I vote yes, that you ate them. The inside of the bag that I can see in the photo actually looks pretty clean – don’t see brown pieces of pet food dust on the edge :)

    • Anonymous December 10, 2010 at 3:26 pm #

      Glad you’re there with me! Opinion seems to be divided among the women (guys
      say go for it, women hesitate) but the inside of the bag was super clean –
      that’s what swayed me in the end to eat them. :)

  12. Ayngelina December 9, 2010 at 3:17 am #

    Awe-some, so glad you took a photo.

    • Anonymous December 10, 2010 at 3:23 pm #

      It was one of those moments that sounds so much better when there’s a
      picture to go with it! :)

  13. fierytree December 9, 2010 at 1:32 am #

    Wow, that would be a challenge for me. Is your free travel tip to have ziplock bags on hand?

    • Anonymous December 10, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

      Yeah…it’s tough..the bag was super clean, but my cousin passed on it and I
      did too at first, until I got hungry later! But yeah, if you’re going out
      for momos best to carry your own zip-locks! I seem to always have a stash in
      my backpack anyway, so now I keep one in my purse too :)

      • fierytree December 14, 2010 at 4:04 am #

        You’re my hero! :)
        I think the most interesting container for my food in Thailand was a leaf. I definitely need to get out more!

        • Anonymous December 14, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

          Lol! Thanks :) Leaves are exotic – and I love getting food wrapped in
          banana leaves…a lot better than dog food bags! :)

  14. Joshua Johnson December 9, 2010 at 12:55 am #

    Heck yes I would have eaten them, momos great well with dog food! Seriously though, I would I noshed on them still.

    • Anonymous December 10, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

      Lol, a bit of momo with a side of lamb-shank-pate…yumm. :) Your
      enthusiasm for eating them anyway is hilarious…the dog food bag gave me a
      serious pause of reconsideration…but they were too tasty to pass up in the

  15. James Schipper December 8, 2010 at 7:01 pm #

    Wow. That’s…curious!

    • Anonymous December 8, 2010 at 7:38 pm #

      That’s what I thought too! :)

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