Cultural cuisines

By: Ava Bleifuss

A cultural cuisine is how someone prepares food. There are specific ways to cook different foods. They are often related to other regions or cultures of the world. Countries have traditional foods that are usually made with some kind of meaning behind it. 

There is a lot of land in the United States. The food that is common in one state might not be so common in another state. There is a wide variety of cultural cuisines in the US, including lobster rolls, boudin, and barbecue. 

One of the most famous sandwiches in the US is the lobster roll. The lobster roll comes from the easternmost state in the US, Maine. Often times, inside of the lobster roll is meat from lobsters, mayonnaise, and chopped celery. All of these ingredients are then put into a bun. 

Another very common food is boudin, found in Louisiana. Boudin is a sausage that is normally made with pork, rice, and seasonings. Then this is stuffed into a natural pork casing. The amount of pork and rice can vary from place to place. It can also be made with shrimp or crawfish. It can also be shaped into boudin balls that are eaten with mustard. 

In Texas you can find many different barbecue restaurants, because it is known for its iconic barbecue. The Texas barbecue is said to have originated in the 19th century from immigrants who brought their traditions for cooking food. From central Texas, the traditional barbecue is smoked meat and brisket. Brisket is an essential part of the barbecue experience, and many take pride in it. There are many options for sides with this meal. Some of them are corn, mac n’ cheese, potato salad, and pickles. 

A popular food from Taiwan is called the xiao long bao. This food is also known as a soup dumpling, and originated in Shanghai, China. Over the years, the soup dumpling has become very well known in Taiwan, and most of the restaurants in Taipei offer this dish. The xiao long bao is made up of a thin flour dumpling that is filled with pork made in a meatball shape and includes a gelatin cube of broth. The dumplings are steamed in a bamboo basket and are cooked in a soup broth. This is why it is called a soup dumpling. Because it is soaked in a broth, and has the broth cube inside, the inside will have a lot of broth as well. People eat them by dipping them into a soy sauce, then putting them in a deep spoon and breaking it with a chopstick. After this you drink the soup from the spoon and eat the dumpling last. 

A very delicious treat from Australia are called lamingtons. They are named after Lord Lamington who was a governor of Queensland from 1896-1901, or his wife Lady Lamington. This tasty treat is made with a delicate piece of cake that is covered in chocolate and rolled into coconut. Normally, this is eaten during tea-time and is said to have become really popular in the 20th century. This is because of chocolate’s ability to preserve. The lamington tasted fresh for longer than any other known treat. Some even prefer it with some jam. 

Many people have studied Egyptians, but don’t know what they eat. Something that Egyptian families eat at home is called koshari (see image above). Sometimes it is spelled koshary or kushari. Koshari is a healthy vegetarian dish that has a little bit of Indian, Middle Eastern, and Italian cuisines mixed together. The main elements of it include rice, macaroni, garlic, chickpeas, and lentils, mixed together with a spicy tomato sauce. People can choose to add fried onions, and a little bit of garlic vinegar. This dish is considered Egypt’s national dish, and is very popular.

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