After a potluck in the summer of 2012, four friends: Zico, Melvin, Leanne and Deeganta were sitting on the patio, chatting over a cup of chai and talking about the similarities in culture among Bengalis and Goans. We were amazed when we realized the fact that despite the geographical distance between the states, both these cultures shared a very similar lifestyle. So we all got excited and started discussing about ways we can strengthen our bond and do something unique together. Since we are all foodies with a passion for cooking, we decided to build a website to showcase food from both cuisines. That moment was the genesis of BonGong.
The next few days were spent thinking of names for the website. We wanted it to be something that represents Bengalis and Goans. Finally, we decided on 'BonGong' since Bengalis are called 'Bongs' and Gong since it rhymes and represents the Goenkars ('Goans').
So the journey began cooking, clicking pictures, nagging our moms for recipes and seeking feedback from friends and families. Simultaneously building a website that captured our vision and provided detail instruction for novice cooks with an elegant design. All the hours spend in front of computer and in kitchen; and with a lot of help from our family and friends we are finally ready to share with you.
Please share your feedback to help us improve both in terms of recipes and offered features via email at [email protected]
- BonGong Team