If there's one thing close to everyone's heart - it has to be food. It is said that the love for food has the power to unite people beyond any other factor. But if we take 2020 into consideration, food also has the ability to divide. People's food preferences and tastes are many and varied; this is why social media is often witness to heated discussions centred around the topic. These debates begin innocuously from a single tweet or post, blowing up beyond measure in the coming days.
Here Are 5 Food Wars That Divided The Internet In 2020:
1. Best Biryani In India
The passion that Indians have for Biryani is truly incomparable to any other dish. Hyderabadi Biryani, Kolkata Biryani, Lucknow Biryani and Malabari Biryani are some of the more popular variations found in the country - but which one out of these is the best is truly a never-ending discussion. The Biryani debate started with a tweet in February 2020 by journalist Rohini Singh which likened the Kolkata biryani to a 2G scam. Food critic Vir Sanghvi too joined the banter, offering his inputs on how often he could consume each kind of Biryani. The friendly banter on Twitter soon became a raging debate, with heated responses from all over the country.
Interestingly, the love for Biryani did not falter in spite of the lockdown. The one pot meal was officially the most ordered item as per a report by food delivery app Swiggy.
2. Cake - Real Or Fake?
One of the most bizarre food wars of 2020 - the trend of hyperreal cakes won over social media and how. It all began with a viral video shared on social media which featured cakes shaped like everyday objects. The cakes were so intricately detailed, it was hard to tell whether they were actual items lying around the household or whether they had cake inside them. Users lost their calm, as they tried to cut up objects hoping that they turned out to be cake. Hyperreal cakes also made for an escape from the bleak year that 2020 was.
3. What Do You See First?
There were a number of illusory pictures that did the rounds online in 2020. First came a picture of a cheesecake, which some saw as a boat. This illusion came after people worldwide were being quarantined for months at end in the pandemic era, thus giving rise to the urge to travel. Some other debates included an uncut crystal that resembled a piece of fried chicken according to users. Endless debates about these clicks ensued in foodie communities.
4. Chai Latte Recipe
Chai is one recipe that is very close to every Indians' heart. Indians and Chai go hand-in-hand, which is why anyone experimenting with the classic recipe does not go down well with ardent devotees of the soothing beverage. A recipe for Chai Latte by a foreign publication received a lot of flak in 2020 for adding bizarre ingredients such as Star Anise, Cinnamon, coconut milk and even maple syrup to the drink. The video went viral and was soon taken down amid protests on social media, starting a whole different war about how exactly Chai should be made in the first place.
5. How To Eat Pizza?
A picture of a pizza eaten with a fork and knife from the centre with the crust intact went viral on social media in 2020 and started a debate around the question - how do you eat your slice of pizza? Pizza-lovers passionately spoke about the issue from all corners of the world. Some said that they would rather have it by hand than use a fork and knife to cut up the pizza. Others said leaving the crust out was an 'abomination' and a 'criminal offence'.
6. Fusion Foods
2020 is a year that saw a lot of creativity when it comes to fusion foods. Foodies debated over a number of innovative and bizarre creations that were shared online - right from chocolate biryani to noodles in pani puri and more. While most people had a hard time digesting these weird concoctions, some liked the creativity that went into them. Ice Cream Dosa was a creation that went viral online, and business tycoon Anand Mahindra gave it 'full marks for inventiveness'.
7. Paneer Tikka
The US Elections 2020 was one of the most trending search terms on Google in 2020 - but an unlikely food war began during the election period. A tweet by Indian-American congresswoman Pramila Jayapal started the discussion about Paneer Tikka. Although Jayapal spoke about the Indian comfort food Paneer Tikka in her tweet, the picture featured a gravy-based Paneer Tikka Masala dish. Indian foodies called her out for misidentifying the Paneer gravy dish as the dry Paneer Tikka.
It would be interesting to see what kind of food wars and discussions abound on social media in the year 2021.
Happy New Year!
About Aditi AhujaAditi loves talking to and meeting like-minded foodies (especially the kind who like veg momos). Plus points if you get her bad jokes and sitcom references, or if you recommend a new place to eat at.