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Discuss the Article : A Taste of American Food
A Taste of American Food
American food is sort of hard to define, because basically we all came from other countries and brought our foods with us. So you could argue that American food is only slightly modified food from other countries. But I disagree...
I came to EEUU around 2 weeks ago and I still have doubts about the true American food. I'm in California and there are a lot of inmigrants. I tasted Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Greek Mexican and food from some South American countries here, but I don't know where to search for the True America food in this place. I think the most similar thing I have ordered is an hamburger in 'Five Guys', but I'm not sure.
I agree with Kiyama, the whole world's cuisine is a bit mixed up now! With globalization, everything is accessible. But one thing I noticed is: international food doesn't taste the same everywhere! Chinese food in Canada and in England is different. It's been adapted to local taste. Also, there is slight differences favorite iternational food. In England, there are a lot of Kebab shop, Indian restaurant and Chinese take away. In Canada, there is more italian restaurant, though chinese and thai are popular too.
Even big franchises like KFC are slightly different depending on where you are on the globe. In Canada, KFC's chips rule, they have a cripy coating and I LOVE the fluorescent green coleslaw and macaroni salad. In the UK, they serve weird things like corn on the cob, bake beans, normal (boring) coleslaw and no macaroni salad :-(. Oh and they chips are limp and horrible like those from McD. By the way I think battered Fried chicken is probably another big American classic.
I really like some american chains like (of course) KFC, but also Kripy Kreme, TGIFriday, Arby's... I like McD to some extend. I usually stick to filet-o-fish and milkshake, Egg McMuffin and harsh brown. When I was young I had pancakes at McD once and I still dream of them: thick and soaked with syrup. Lush. But I read Sue Grafton's book and sometimes I think I should try a quarter pound.... but really, MY burgers are the best ;-) I add garlic powder and cayenne pepper to the beef, one egg and some breadcrumb I flavour with mixed herbs.... (salivating right now).
Battered fried chicken is definitly an American classic. But it's from the southern states, so as Yankee I really don't know much about it (except that it is good).
But, Caroline, I bet that your burgers are way better than any fast food chain can come up with! :D
If you have a craving for pancakes, you should make them yourself! It's really easy! Here's a good basic recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/buttermilk-pancakes-ii/
Don't forget the maple syrup!
Ok I need to buy buttermilk! I've never bought that in my entire life, not sure what it is, but I will look for it! Canadian pancakes are dead easy it,s 1-1-1: 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of milk, 1 egg. To that I add 3 spoons of sugar and a dash of vanilla if I have some. They are thin, a bit like French ones. Maple is syrup is kind of mandatory where I come from! But now I discovered Lyle's Golden syrup (it has the seal of approval of the Queen, so it can't be that bad!!)
Nice article! By the way I was wondering how you made those blue words link to definitions?
oooo Steve, you're making me drool!
Diane, my American friends who live in Prague have a special contest for the best burger. They rate burges in different places. It is very interesting because they proved that what is the most expensive, does not have to be the best. Thank you for the article.
As an Australian, I also suffer from a similar case of (culinary) identity crisis. I never have any idea what how to respond when people ask me about "Australian" food. We eat a lot of the same things as Americans (eg. burgers..pies.) but I wouldn't really label it "Australian".
My conclusion is that Australia doesn't really have a strong gastronomical culture and that food isn't really embodied in our culture. Having said that, fresh produce (meat, fruits, vegetables, seafood etc) here is all very good, but we don't have the tradition/history of concocting culinary works of genius like the French!
We often feel very sophisticated when eating a simply (but delicious) piece of steak.
To Travis: When you are in editing mode, first highlight the word you want to link, then click the icon on the upper toolbar that looks a bit like a chain. Then you can add a link to a website. I usually use Longman's Online Dictionary because I think it is the best resource for learners of English.
Adrian, what about vegemite? :)
Maybe I should write another article about peanut butter....