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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Top Ten International Cuisines

A Brief guide of interesting international cuisines.

10. Lebanese Cuisine
Foods are generally Mediterranean, elevated on vegetables, little meat and full of flavors. Perhaps the most famous dish worldwide is the appetizer mezze – a selection of dips, pickles, salads and nibbles with Arabic bread. It also includes an abundance of fresh fish, fruit, and seafood and little animal fat. The country is also famous for the Arabic sweets; Tripoli is being referred to as the “Sweet Capital” of Lebanon.

9. Greek Cuisine
the Greek cuisine is a focused around olive oil, vegetables and herbs particular to the Mediterranean region. Eating in Greece is a different experience from Greek restaurants in other countries – gyros for example is considered by Greeks junk food. Restaurants now offer genuine eating experience, being up to date with the latest culinary trends and stocked up with regional specialties. The Taverna and Estiatorio are widespread, being the places where you can find reasonable authentic cuisine.
8. Spanish Cuisine
lighter approach on food, we turn to the Spanish cuisine, containing a diversity of meat and fish, as well as vegetables. It is also influenced by the seafood available from the surrounding waters. Spanish cuisine uses the most oil among all Western and Central European cuisines. The most popular drinks in Spain that goes perfectly with its national dishes is sangria.

7. Japanese Cuisine
Known for its seasonality of food, aspect and quality of ingredients, the Japanese cuisine is rapidly becoming a trend worldwide. White rice and soybeans are the ingredients for most Japanese dishes.
6. Mexican Cuisine
variety of flavors and spices, Mexican Cuisine is a result of the Spanish conquistadores’ interaction with the Aztec culture. Most of the Mexican food we eat today is a delicious blend of ancient traditions, Aztec, Spanish and Mayan. The French also had their part in the story, adding baked items such as sweet breads and the bolillo.

5. Thai Cuisine
balanced mix of hot, bitter, sour, and sweet.The foods are characterized by the use of fresh herbs and flavors, such as lime juice, lemon grass and fresh coriander. Similar to many Asian cuisines, rice is the main component in Thai foods as well. You will often come across nam pla, a strong fish sauce, noodles and shrimp paste. If you’re looking to get a kick of out your lunch, you should try the raw beef, fermented fish paste or deep fried insect larvae mostly present in the Northeast, where eating insects in fairly common.

4. Indian Cuisine
One of the world’s most sophisticated and diverse cuisines,. The Indian food served in restaurants worldwide, also known as Punjabi or Mughlai There are other 3 types of Indian cuisine: South, East & West. The foods are mostly vegetarian, but many include lamb, chicken meat, goat, and even fish. Indian cuisines are very spicy.

3. Chinese Cuisine
easy to create, tasty and economical. Most of the foods prepared in bite-sized pieces. Usually, every person at the table is given a bowl of rice while the other dishes are shared by everyone at the table. Some dishes are cooked from endangered species, such as facai moss while others from meat you would want to avoid such as dog.

2. Italian Cuisine
the Italian cuisine can be traced back to the 4th century BC. It became what is today along with the discovery of the New World, that brought potatoes, tomatoes pepper or maize on the list of ingredients. An Italian meal is structured into several sections: antipasto (the appetizer), primo (pasta or rice dish), secondo (meat course), dolce (dessert). Italy is also famous for over 400 kinds of cheese, including the famous Parmigianino Reggiano, and 300 types of sausages.

1. French Cuisine
starting with the middle Ages that brought rich banquets to the French Revolution, where developed techniques were used, French Cuisine can be called in the 21st century “haute cuisine”. Pastries are a big part of French cooking. The modern restaurant has its roots in French culture so restaurants are bountiful, but as for recommendation before deciding on one. In Paris alone, there are over 5,000 places to eat, with prices and menus to suit anyone’s taste.

1 comment:

  1. I'll never know why the flavors of The Bahamas never makes these lists. But I have to say I have tried dishes from these various cuisines and they were all quite memorable! I'll be sharing this link with others via Facebook, GOOGLE+, etc.