Tiffin Catering Services
Tiffin catering services are a kind of lunch box used widely in India for tiffin meals. They are known as rantang in Indonesian and mangkuk tingkat (leveled bowls) in Malay. and in Turkey and West Asian and Northeast African Arab countries they are called Safartas Arabic meaning travel bowls. They are also used extensively in Hungary, primarily to transport restaurant cheap workday midday meals for consumption at home. The Hungarian word for a tiffin box is éthordó (food carrier).
Normally they come in two or three tiers, although more elaborate versions can have four. The bottom-most tier, being the largest, is the one usually used for rice. Tiffin catering services are opened by unlocking a small catch on either side of the handle. The Hungarian version will typically contain a soup, main course and piece of cake.
In the Indian city of Mumbai, there is a complex and efficient delivery system that regularly delivers hot lunches packed in dabbas to city office workers from their suburban homes or from a caterer. It uses delivery workers known as dabbawalas. A very similar device is called “Henkelmann” in Germany. It usually is round or in a oval shape similar to military campaign dishes. The “Henkelmann” was very popular until the 60s, but is very rarely used by Germans today.