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FoodPatro: Food Portal for Travelers in Nepal

This is a featured project from the Project Hub by Alibaba Cloud.

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Foodpatro is a food portal based on Nepalese culture, food recipes, and events. This application is aimed at helping NRN's and foreigners to see and track events that fall under which Nepalese calendar. This app also helps you learn how to cook Nepalese recipes based on that particular event. This will basically help and promote more about Nepalese cuisine and culture to a global audience.

Target Problems

The Republic of Nepal is a landlocked nation sharing borders on 3 sides with India and 1 side with China. This nation, although small in size, is rich in culture. Being multicultural means having more religious festivals and culture. How often are these celebrations? It is often said that there are more festivals & celebration than there is number of days in a calendar!

For instance, let's talk about Tihar one of the main festivals in Nepal. Tihar is a celebration of lights which is enjoyed sometime in October/ November. In India, it is only celebrated for 1 day, but in Nepal, you will be surprised to hear that this same celebration is expanded to 4-5 days!

Solution

To share the knowledge of food with the younger generation, FoodPatro was established. Patro means calendar in Nepali, hence FoodPatro is a dedicated application reflecting special foods eaten on the specific celebration in Nepal. It is the one-stop solution that reminds us why we celebrate a specific festival and how we celebrate the festival "gastronomically".

FoodPatro is a web portal that is very easy to use. It shows the upcoming events and their food menus and helps those foreigners as well as young Nepalese who are unfamiliar with Nepalese cuisine and cultures based on the calendar, so one can easily view how to prepare and cook that food item related to that event.

Its main features include:

  • A one-stop solution for a traditional food recipe.
  • Features the best recipe submitted by professional & non-professional chiefs.
  • In addition to providing recipes, the app also reflects on the history of where the dish came from.

Along with reminding users of the upcoming festival, it also provides a recommended recipe, and helps to preserve and continue tradition amongst the new generation.

The project is not fully complete and is still in development.

Alibaba Cloud Products Used

Technology Highlights

We are using a simple cloud architecture for FoodPatro; for our virtual private server, we are using an ECS instance. For the database management system, we are using Apsara DB. We use OSS for the storage of media files. Alibaba Cloud has been a great help for us because of its ease-of-use and highly affordable pricing model.

About the Team

Algorithm Inc: We are a small company here in Nepal providing Web and mobile application development founded by Manish Ghimire, an Alibaba Cloud MVP.

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