Celebrations International Travel Blog

What Makes Foods Ethnic?

Posted on: December 3, 2009

This tweet just caught my attention:

@FoodieDownUnder “Tomato&oregano make it Italian,wine&tarragon make it French.Sour cream makes it Russian.Soy sauce makes it Chinese;garlic makes it good.”

These words got me thinking:   So true it is that certain foods and culinary traditions are automatically associated with certain countries and cultures.  On the other hand, is it fair to say that sometimes these associations can be somewhat stereotypical, or simply the result of pop culture’s influence?

Example:  Many people commonly associate soy sauce with Chinese food because it’s what we get with Chinese take-out.  But how many of us would automatically think of Japanese food when it comes to soy sauce?  I think we sushi lovers would be in a fine mess without it!

For the record, yes, I agree, garlic makes it good!  Almost dinnertime at my house!

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