Goan Town Bans Gobi Manchurian Served As Street Food; Know More

Indo-Chinese food has found its space in Indian restaurants and food stalls since the citizens of the country were reportedly introduced to the cuisine in the 19th century. From makeshift eateries to high-end food joints, Chinese cuisine has a separate mention and foodies love to gorge on the spicy and tangy spreads. Noodles to manchurian, you name it, and people instantly start drooling. And yet, when it comes to hygiene, Indo-Chinese street food in India, especially when served by unregulated vendors, can pose a threat.

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This is precisely why a town in Goa has banned an Indo-Chinese delicacy, the Gobi Manchurian. The Mapusa Municipal Council is currently making headlines for banning gobi manchurian, a plant-based alternative to chicken manchurian, because it is concerned that vendors might be adding artificial colours to it and preparing it in unhygienic conditions. 

Mapusa counsellor Tarak Arolkar has said that the department banned selling this dish in late January. While the dish has become quite popular across India, the authorities are questioning the fact that many vendors might be making it by adding detergent and questionable sauces to it. 

Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC) chairperson Priya Mishra has been quoted saying by a media house, "The councillors opined that such vendors operate in unhygienic conditions and use synthetic colours for making gobi manchurian and that is what has prompted us to ban the sale of this dish," 

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