By Subah Bhatia.
Food, in today’s world, is the depiction of the culture of its origin, the flair of its chefs and the passion of its consumers. From all corners of the world, cuisines are an image of the country’s taste and emerge as a landmark that will not be easily forgotten. A foodie is one who learns to appreciate this diversity of taste from varying regions and enjoys learning something new with every bite he or she takes. Here are the top 10 cuisines that one’s love of food will urge them to try:
Japanese Cuisine has developed tremendously over the centuries. It has retained its traditional and regional flavours for which it is so widely appreciated. It is traditionally based on rice with miso soup. If you are a lover of fish delicacies, you are sure to be a fan of Japanese food. Rice and noodles, seasoned with sides of meat are a traditional delicacy. Mouth-watering simmered dishes of fishes and beef are a characteristic. The seasoning of dishes adds a flavour that enhances the look and taste of the food. Sushi, which is a very widely accepted dish clearly reflects the soul of the beautiful country.
The highlight of Scottish food is its traditional methods of cooking, practices and tastes that are rooted deep into the heart of Scotland. It has a natural larder of dairy, fruits and vegetables. Its simplicity becomes its niche. The dishes lack spices – A feature that makes them relatively attractive and unique. A great variety of meat dominates the cuisine, along with its delicious arrays of dairy and seafood delicacies.
Austrian food has, over time, developed into an amazing fusion of varying styles that have led it to be very influential over the European map. It houses Italian, Hungarian and German tastes, while its unique flair still remains the hero. If you are a coffee lover, Austria is the place for you! It is said that they introduced coffee into Europe. Coffee is served in many traditional and international ways in Austrian cafes. Meat is used in various and exceptional ways, with an extremely regional taste that pleasures taste buds to no end. The regional cakes and pastries are a prominent feature are sure to bring a smile to your face.
The diversity of the Indian soil is what sets it apart from other cuisines. The various climatic conditions, soil, culture and ethnicity lays down numerous options that might appeal to your taste buds. Spices and flavourings form the base of this cuisine. Food well seasoned is an absolute delight to food lovers. Indian sweets too, are different from what we usually see in bakeries. Indian cuisine encompasses flavours and looks that are rooted in its traditional ethnicity.
Lebanese food traces back to ancient Roman times. Garlic, lemon juice and olive oil are used in plentiful. Seafood and meat are a big part of this cuisine. A traditional liqueur Arak is the national drink of the country and usually served with a traditional meal. In Lebanon, food is served as a mezze, which is a selection of small traditional Lebanese dishes. Ethnic salads pose as a big part of the Lebanese food. The Lebanese flat bread is a standard part of a Lebanese plate.
Swedish traditional dishes house simple but varying flavours, which is what makes it special. Both meat and vegetable play a big role in North and South Sweden respectively. Its base constitutes dairy products, meat, seafood, bread and berries. Swedish food is a delight to fish lovers. The traditional husmanskost is the epithet of the traditional flavours of Sweden. Crayfish party is a traditional feast that constitutes of crayfish marinated to deliciousness. Swedish dishes date back to almost a 100 years back, which bring about an aroma that promises to be fulfilling to foodies.
The traditional French meal consists of three courses – The introductory course, the main course and the cheese course. The first usually encompasses a light soup or a soothing dish. The main course consists of French classics usually housing fish, steak, a traditional French bread and French cheeses. The cheese course is usually the dessert course that includes delicious pastries, macrons, éclairs, crepes and chocolate mousses. The perfectly defined balance between simple and strong flavours is what adds a special touch to the French cuisine and makes such a delectable choice.
Chinese cooking involves varying styles, both regional and international. Styles are diverse due to the varying climate, geography, history and resources. Hairy crab is highly eaten in Shanghai and methods such as braising and stewing are widely used. Rice, noodles and soya beans are a traditional part of this cuisine. Delicacies like tofu, Chinese sausages, prawn crackers and dim sums are the apple of a food lover’s eyes. A strong rice wine, Huangjiu, is a favourite. Another popular aspect are the herbal drinks made solely using Chinese herbs.
Italian food is mainly known for its delicious arrays of pasta, polenta and risotto. Fish is used in abundance and the basil and olive oil add their own unique flavour. Meat, cheese and tomato are the heart and soul of Italian cuisine. The diversity of pasta in Italian food is evident with lasagne, ravioli stuffed with filings that constitute of cheese and heart-warming flavours. Pasta is usually served with a sauce eggplants, zucchini, ricotta cheese, garlic, olives, artichokes and certain type of fish are the traditional components of an Italian dish.
In Vietnamese food, special importance is given to fragrance, taste and colour, making it appealing to our eyes and nose, as well our tongue. Five fundamental flavours are sour, spicy, bitter, sweet and salty. This leads both the texture and taste to be a delight. Noodle soups are a specialty, different recipes varying greatly in terms of origins and flavours. Rice dishes, too, are widely served along with traditional tastes of meat and delectable exotic dishes. Traditional beverages include pennywort juice, a drink of kudzu and pomelo flower extract and a variety of wines.
We’ve brought to you appetizing cuisines form around the globe, each housing its own unique traditional specialty. So, are you a foodie?
Sources – https://en.wikipedia.org/