Local cuisines that develop international reputations result from population shifts and worldwide communications. Examples of regional signature dishes that have become international cuisines are Euskadi's Basque tuna fish stew; and Asia's meaty dumplings of China, Mongolia, and Tibet. Typical questions relate to the culinary traditions, cultural contexts, proper preparation, and serving methods of the world's drinks and foods.
Asked in International Cuisine, Australian Food
What are some Australian foods?
Australia doesn't have a specific national food. Foods which may be considered traditionally Australian are those of its indigenous citizens, which vary widely throughout the country. Other Australians may have different views about what constitutes "traditional" foods. The only food native to Australia that has become particularly popular world wide is the Macadamia nut. What might be, or once have been, considered 'typical' Australian food is basically English in origin and could include roast meat and vegetables, meat pies, vegemite on toast, and lamingtons for morning tea. Having said that, very few families eat like that regularly. The food that Australians eat is much the same as that in the rest of the world. Australia is a richly multicultural country and its citizens represent all parts of the globe. Barbeques are popular, whether at home, or at parks or beaches. Barbequed meats, seafood and poultry, vegetables and fruit are all enjoyed, and this is typical of many Australian families. 'Fast foods', or convenience foods, are popular, and the same major chains operate here as in the rest of the world, with many local outlets also operating. The traditional English-style fish 'n' chips shops are always popular, and still sell the Chinese-inspired Chiko Roll, now US-owned, but considered a local cultural icon. Australia is known for its 'damper and billy tea'. Damper is a simple bush bread, rather like a large scone, cooked on an open fire and served with butter, honey, or syrup. Together with billy tea (tea boiled in a tin can on an open fire), it was popular among swagmen - itinerant 'bushies' - as well as stockmen and other outback workers in Australia's colonial years. These two items are still popular camping fare today. See the links below for excellent information on Australian food, including a damper recipe.
Is Kummel and Caraway the same spice?
Asked in International Cuisine, Portugal
What is traditional Portuguese food?
Traditional Portuguese food is predominately meats or fish and starches. Many dishes are casseroles. Pork is especially popular, with dishes like roasted suckling pig (leitão), pork and clams (carne porco à Alentejana), tripe stew (dobrada), and pork and rice (arroz de porco). Non- pork meat dishes are grilled chicken (frango assado), chicken blood rice, steak Portuguese style with an egg on top (bife à Portuguesa). Seafood dishes consist on many fishes and shellfish, but codfish is most popular and can be cooked in many different ways- boiled, grilled, fried, and baked, and almost always with potatoes and collard greens. Also popular are paehla and mariscada. The most important side dishes are potatoes (boiled, roasted, french fried), and rice. Portuguese desserts include pastries such as pastéis de nata, and also chocolate mousse or flan.
Asked in International Cuisine, Oceania, Tuvalu
What is the traditional dish for Tuvalu?
The traditional food of Tuvalu is like most of the Pacific a root based dish called pulaka( a carbohydrate root). It is boiled and also steamed in an earth oven called an umu. To make it more palatable for the traditional feast it can also be grated and added to coconut milk ( lalu) and then wrapped in pandanus leaves and steamed to create palusami.
Asked in International Cuisine
What foods do Germans eat?
Germans eat a wide variety of foods. Traditional German foods include: Bratwurst (a traditional German sausage) Braunschweiger (sausage) Hendl (grilled marinated chicken) Hasenpfeffer (rabbit stew) Kartoffelsalat (potato salad) Knödel (dumplings) Kohlroulade (cabbage rolls) Marzipan Pfannkuchen(pastry similar to a donut) Rouladen Sauerbraten (a beef pot roast) Sauerkraut (fermented shredded cabbage) Speckpfannkuchen (thin pancakes with diced, fried bacon) Spätzle (noodles) Springerle (hard cookies) Stollen (bread like cake with dried citrus peel, dried fruit, nuts, and spices) Weihnachtsgans (roast goose)
Asked in International Cuisine
What does feijoada look like?
Imagine a large serving pot full of black beans cooked in its thickened sauce, seasoned with red chili, onions and bay leaf, mixed with pieces of a delicious Portuguese sausage called "paio" and sliced pork meat - that's the "feijoada". To garnish, we use white rice, sliced kale, toasted manioc flour and peeled oranges. You can also make a Brazilian drink to seduce your guests, the "caipirinha", made with squeezed lemon, sugar and "cachaça", our national liquor. It is a fantastic meal, I guarantee!