What workers’ lunch looks like in 4 cities around the world?
January 17, 2018
How would workers lunch breaks look like around the world? Would they be like yours? And what would they be eating?
Keep scrolling to find out the answers.
In Mumbai, India, workers who don’t bring lunch from home have a unique solution to do lunch. This solution is known as the ‘Lunch Delivery Service’ and the service is more than 100 years old. Every day across the city of Mumbai approximately 5,000 delivery men currier around 200, 000 hot lunches to the offices or people at home (NPR). Depending on the distance and the time taken to deliver, these delivery men charges around 600 to 1,000 Indian rupees ($9.38 – $ 15.64) monthly.
These deliverymen are known as dabbawallahs. The metals containers that the food is delivered in is known as tiffin. Hence the dabbawalla also called tiffin wallahs. Dabbawallahs use a unique coded system to keep track of hundred thousand meals which is known to be extremely efficient, making fewer than 3.4 mistakes per million transactions. Despite the fact that this system isn’t using a single computer or any other modern day technology, Mumbai lunch delivery system considered as the best food delivery system in the world (Independent, PRI).
Components of a typical Mumbai lunch
Rice, Indian bread, Roti, Vegetables, Pickles, Curry and dal.
Most the other countries treat weekday lunchtime as a social event, yet people in the USA isn’t treating the lunchtime like that. In New York, you could spend your whole lunchtime queuing to buy a sandwich or a salad. Although it takes time to buy a sandwich or salad, many workers do that and eat it at their desk while they continue to work.
Tokyo office workers are busy in a way that they don’t have time to even do lunch. As a result, skipping lunch is all too familiar most of the Tokyo office workers.
But now many companies want to make sure the employees get a square mid-day meal. Which is why most of the Tokyo companies turning to delivery services such as Shashokuru in upmarket Ginza district. Shadhokuru delivers lunch to many Tokyo companies. The boxes that they deliver the food are known as Bento boxes and they come in ten varieties employees can choose from those varieties. All of these varieties are priced at 500 yen ($4.60).