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Nations that are identified by its Unique National Food.

National Food

National Food are like the identity of a nation, a reason of pride. Its is closely associated with that countries cultural and social heritage. The National Food of a country speak a lot about the people and the country in general. We today take a look at some such dishes, the name of which straight away tells us about the country they come from.

Having said that, there are some countries that are culturally very diverse. They either have a strong of people from various cultural origins or are influenced by several different cultural exposures. Few such countries have chosen not to have a National Food namely countries like India, United States of America and a few others.

Italy: Pizza

Pizza means Italy. Is there a doubt?? Non whatsoever.

The word PIZZA was first found in the 10th century in a manuscript from a town called Gaeta in Lazio, Italy. However, the modern day pizza can be traced back to Naples and its several variants have been popular across almost all countries. It has become a very popular fast food loved by children and adults as well. It is very popular across the Americas, Europe, Australia and several Asian countries. So strong is their presence that there are stand alone Pizzerias that sell nothing but pizzas in all of these countries.

It’s a huge product for sales and the world pizza market in 2017 was at US$128 billion. Yes.. you are reading right. In just the United States it was worth $44 billion spread over 76000 pizzerias in US alone.

Australia: Meat Pie

A Meat Pie is a hand sized pie that contains meat and sometimes the gravy in a minced and diced form. It is often cooked with onions, cheese, mushrooms, baby corn and served along with sauces based on which part of Australia you buy it at. It was first described as the National Food by the Premier of New South Wales in 2003, Bob Carr.

The manufacturers of Meat Pie are mostly state based considering the huge distance between big cities. Interstate transport of food items and refrigeration is a challenge and most often it doesn’t turn out to be cost effective. Most of the pies sold are from smaller, local outlets and then there are few brands that are frozen and packed to increase the shelf life.

Switzerland: Fondue

Fondue is a very Swiss affair. Its is served in a communal pot and is melted, flavored cheese dish. It is served over a portable heater or heated with a candle or even a spirit lamp and is eaten by dipping bread into the cheese using long-stemmed forks. In 1875, the first form of Fondue recipe was publicized. This recipe eggless with cheese and wine. Switzerland gets to boast of its rich cheese through the promotion of this dish.

With the introduction of corn starch to Switzerland in 1905, it became easier to make a smooth and stable emulsion of the wine and cheese, and this probably contributed to the success of fondue.

Japan: Sushi

Sushi is often mistaken with a related dish in Japanese cuisine, sashimi that contains thinly sliced raw fish or raw meat. Traditionally, Sushi is a very old dish dating back to over a thousand years. So over the years, based on the region it was served, the recipe of Sushi went through several changes. However, traditionally, it is made with rice. The type of rice varies upon the region as different region has different types of rice. Its often prepared with a host of sea food such as squid, eel, yellowtail, salmon, tuna or crab meat. There are some Sushi that are even vegetarian.

Brazil: Feijoada

The name Feijoada comes from the Portuguese word “Bean”. Hence, it is a food of Portuguese origin and has a different version in different Portuguese speaking world. The Brazilian version of feijoada may not be very appetizing when one reads this. It contains trimmings like ears, tail and feet. It also contains a variety of salted pork and beef products. Some versions also contain bacon and smoked pork ribs. Some also add a few types of smoked and jerked beef sausages cooked along with black beans. Since the dish has some really heavy ingredients and rich flavors, feijoada is viewed as Brazilian soul food.

You may also visit Global Edible for more information on Desserts around the world.

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