Negin Namavar Professor. YamadaAsian Eats 100AFinal Essay Asian Eats Thiscourse provided many useful and interesting information about Asian food andhow it changed through time and also how it speeded to other countries. Asia,is the biggest and most popular continents with many countries in it including,China, Vietnam, Pakistan, japan, Korea etc. This essay is going to cover theoutcomes that was taught in this class including, Yuk-Yum, Beautiful AsianFood, Tea, Rice, Curry and Spices, and globalization and Asian Food.
Firstone is Yum-Yuk. People’s taste in food and the things they like varies fromperson to person and culture to culture. There are some factors that can shapeour taste such as culture and ethnic aspects. People have been taught from thetime they were kids to like or dislike certain type of foods based on thearoma, taste, appearance, and texture. These factors are first taught tochildren by their parents and siblings and then their friends and the groupsthey associate with. For example, many Asian countries eat something called”Balut” which is a developing bird embryo that is boiled and eaten from theshell. This food sounds really bizarre and odd to other countries and culturesand that may be because its appearance, smell, and taste.
In some parts of theMiddle East people eat something called, “Kaleh- Pacheh” which translates tosheep’s brain and feet. It also contains some other parts like the intestines,tongue, eyeballs, and ears. This also shows how some foods are acquired taste.People should try it a few times to get used to it.
Thesecond thing is the beautiful Asian food and the seven principles of Japaneseaesthetics. Which are, kansu, fukinsei, shibui, shizen, yugen, datsuzoku, andseijaku. Kinso is talking about the simplicity and elimination of clutter.Everything is shown in simple and plain manner which reminds us to think of itmore in terms of clarity and not decorations.
Fukinsei is irregularity orasymmetry. This idea is the central of Zen. The incomplete “Zen circle”represents not everything has to be perfect and complete and that imperfectionsare part of existence. Shibui, is being beautiful by being minimalist andunderstated without being flashy. Shizen, is naturalness and not beingartificial or forced. The nature of Japanese garden is an example of this.
Yugen is suggestion or profoundness rather than exposure. It implies showingthings more visually appealing without exposing too much. datsuzoku is to breakfree from your habits and escape daily routines.
Seijaku is the calmness andsolitude. All these principles can be seen in Japanese gardens. This part ofthe course was really educational and taught me something that I can actuallyuse in my daily life. Thethird one is Tea which is one of the most important topics in this course. Tea comesfrom “t’e,” from a Chinese dialect.
In other countries such as Iran, Tibet, etc.it is more pronounced as a “ch” sound, “chai”. Tea is usually thought to be a British drink however it is from China.
According to a legend, the Chinese emperor Shen Nung was the first person whodiscovered it. whether this is real or not it’s unknown but tea drinking wascertainly first seen in China. The first-time tea was mentioned in Europe wasby Portuguese people who lived In the east as traders. However, they did notimport tea to Europe, Dutch people did. Since It was really expensive it stayedas a drink for wealthy people.
Tea has many beneficial effects for mental andphysical health. Such as, antioxidants, reduces chances of heart attack andstroke, weight loss, protect bones and etc. for example, Japanese have a teaceremony called “Way of tea”.
it is an activity involvingthe ceremonial preparation and presentation of Matcha tea which is calledChanoyu is Japanese. There are two types of Tea gatherings, informal or Chakaiand formal which is chaji. A chaji is a much more formalgathering, usually including a full-course kaiseki meal followed byconfections, thick tea and thin tea. Riceis another thing that has been a huge influence from Asian cultures to othercultures. There are different types of rice such as black, green, and red rice.
In ancient china, the black rice was reserved just for the Royal family. Ifpeople were caught eating it without permission, they would get in trouble.Black rice can be used as a therapeutic agent to reduce inflammation. It alsohas other beneficial effects such as weight loss, healthy heart, and liver. accordingto lecture notes and videos rice spread from china to India from traders andfarmers and also rice can be made in three ways, deep water, paddy, and dry.
Rice is also used in rituals in Bali, they make a goddess out of rice and believethat the goddess is taking care of people. many other things such as ricepaper, rice crackers, and beverages can be made from rice. Like sake.
I neverknew rice was so important in other cultures and had such a rich history behindit. I also thought that rice was something that came from the Middle Eastbecause Rice is used in many different Middle Eastern cuisines. For example, inIran, there are more than 12 different types of cuisines made with rice. Curryand spices are another outcome of this course which was always interesting tome. Curry originates from India but is also used in other Asian countries. Thereare many dishes made with curry. The two dishes I chose for the project werekerala curry chicken and curry puffs. Kerala curry chicken is from south westof India which is offered in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.
It cancontain chicken, beef, or pork but depending on the area and the religion ofpeople in that area this food is made differently. Chilies, curryleaves, mustard seeds, turmeric tamarind are all frequently usedspices. Other dish was curry puffs which are usually eaten as dessert incountries like Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore. They contain small piescontaining chicken and potatoes. One interesting thing in this part of thecourse was about the chilies. It is thought that Chiles are from India andAsian countries but it is actually from Mexico.
In recent studies chili was shown to promote the release of endorphinsin order for the brain to deal with the burn of spicy food. Chili also causesheart to beat faster after eating it. Thelast part of this course was Asian food and the globalization. Globalization ofthe Asian food is happening really fast throughout the world and it plays animportant role in introducing and adapting of Chinese food within the Americanculture. For example, Boba which originated from Asian countries is one ofthese examples.
It’s becoming really popular in America and other countries.Making boba is a hard and long procedure, I used to work at a boba place and itwould take about 30-45 minutes from making it to serving It. it is made oftapioca, brown sugar, and honey. The name Boba is known to be because of itsround structure and it is a slang in China for breasts. There are differenttypes of Boba, regular boba, honey boba, mini boba, and fruit boba which wasfirst introduced by stall owners in Taiwan. Another example of Asian foodglobalization is Ramen. It is believed that they were invented during lateNeolithic period in China. The first manufacture that started making Noodleswas in Japan in 1559.
After world war II, Japan was in a bad economicsituation. Noodles and food became scarce. However, after their surrender,America gave them wheat and supplies to make food again and that is how Noodlesand Ramen became popular.
Inconclusion, this course had several outcome objectives including, Yuk-Yum,Beautiful Asian Food, Tea, Rice, Curry and Spices, and globalization and AsianFood.This course made me appreciate andunderstand Asian culture and their food better. It made me realize that eventhe most basic ingredient like rice or tea has a really deep and specialhistory. Like, how some Asian countries like Korea and japan have specificceremonies excluded to drinking tea and how much it means to them. Also, how inBali and some other countries they make goddesses out of Rice and respect them.another important thing that caught my attention was the Zen principle and themeaning behind it. References “Print& PDF.” PrintFriendly &Amp; PDF, 2 Mar.
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