When people first leave home to a new place, it is easy to feel lonely and get sadness. Why and what do people do when they feel like that? The reason they people feel lonely is when they leave home to a new place, the atmosphere and environment has change to unfamiliar. There for they through eat hometown food to express their thoughts, especially Chinese people.
It is easy to think about, basically every traditional festival in China have special food to memorial; for example, people eat mooncake in the Mid-Autumn festival, or eat rice dumpling in the Lantern Festival. Therefore, the most places that Chinese students go to would be China Town or Chinese market.
One of my roommate Daisy is from the southwest of China, Chongqing. Chongqing has the famous food hot pot and noodle; people from Chongqing cannot live without spicy. The spicy noodle in Chongqing has used as a type of breakfast and also is the most popular breakfast in there.
Daisy was born and grow up in Chongqing, she eat spicy food when she was a little girl, every morning her father get up early and made the spicy noodle for her, this is the start of her day. When she leave home and study in Nottingham, it is not easy to find any restaurant cook like her hometown, and she usually cook by herself. But the time in the morning are not enough for her to cook that spicy noodle, so she only can eat simple sandwich.
Then Daisy start try to cook the spicy noodle by herself, and try to make the same flavor. But it is not easy for her, and she did not cook very much time, the first cooking was failed. But every time she miss home, she would also miss the flavor of the spicy noodle. So she decided that she would not give up and she feels cook is a way to recall her hometown. Now, every time when she feel tired and lonely, she always try to make this spicy noodle. Now she can make that spicy noodle well, and it can always arouse the missing of the hometown.
Food is a way to show the culture of a place, and when people far from home, food can always be a comfort to the soul.