In the modern world, traditional boundaries such as race, culture, language, and religion are slowly fading. Today, it’s quite common to see interracial marriages and it’s very easy for a Russian Jew to befriend a Japanese Brazilian or a Christian Indian. With more open exchanges, people are also becoming more open to different cultures, customs, traditions, languages, and so on. As a result, more and more people are also interested in ethnic cuisine, which explains why ethnic cuisine is the new mainstream of dining out.
Rather than going for the standard American fare like hamburgers, steaks, barbeque chicken wings, salads, and French fries, how about going for poh, miso soup, vegetable curry, gazpacho, paella, tom yum gung or spanakopita? These are some of the more well-known ethnic cuisines and they are found to be excellent for the health. As people become more health-conscious, they are seeking for ways to keep healthy which includes healthy eating. Since ethnic foods are generally healthier than standard American dishes, more people are going for ethnic cuisine. Let’s look at some types of ethnic foods.
Ancient Roman Cuisine
Some of the native Roman ingredients used in ancient Roman cuisine include caroenum, defritum, passum, liquamen, saturei, and silphium. Ancient Romans had a wide variety of dishes which included Isicia Omentata (Roman Burger), Minutal Marunum (Seafood Fricassee), Pullus Fusilis (Chicken with Liquid Filling), Aliter Dulcia (Dessert), In Ovis Apalis (Boiled Eggs), Tiropatinam (Soufflee), and In Mitulis (Sea Mussels).
Chinese cuisine is quite popular in the United States as evidenced by the number of Chinese restaurants. The common ingredients used in Chinese cuisine include garlic, scallions, rice wine, ginger, soy sauce, cornstarch, tomatoes, bamboo shoots, and pepper. There are many dishes in Chinese cuisine and some of these dishes are Stewed Lamb with Orange, General Tso’s Chicken, Pot Stickers, Lo Mein, Chinese Scallion Cakes, Sweet-and-Sour Chicken, Steamed Dumplings, Duck with Almonds, and Pineapple Fish.
Greek cuisine is known for its healthy attributes. In Greek cooking, such ingredients like olive oil, herbs, olives, cheese, grains, bread, yogurt, and courgette are typically used. Some of the common Greek dishes are Chaniotiko Boureki (Vegetarian Dish), Dakos (Cretan Salad), Kalamarakia (Squid), Fasolada (Bean Soup), Patsas (Tripe Soup), Astakos (Lobster), Gyros (Roasted Meat), Paidakia (Grilled Lamb Chops), and Spetsofai (Stew from Pelion).
French cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in the world. In 2010, UNESCO added French gastronomy to its world’s “intangible cultural heritage” list. French regional cuisines are characterized by the use of locally grown vegetables and fungi like carrot, turnip, zucchini, leek, truffle, porcini, mushroom, and chanterelle. Some of the common French dishes are Pot au feu (Beef Stew), Foie de veau (Veal Liver), Foie gras (Goose Liver or Fatty Duck), Mousse au chocolat (Dessert), Madeleine (Cake-like Cookie), Matelote (Fish Stew), Cargolade (Escargot in Catalan Style), and Ratatouille (Vegetable Stew).
Other types of popular ethnic cuisines are Indian, Cajun, German, Norwegian, Mexican, Japanese, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Russian, Moroccan, Brazilian, and Jewish. Every culture has its own cuisine so it can take a lifetime to taste all the different ethnic cuisines in the world.