Travel Observances

The Shape of International Cuisine

Chefs will always tell you, “Presentation is everything.”  Well I’ve noticed that in a few types of international cuisine, it really is!  

In Argentina the popular snack food empanadas are shaped based on their fillings.  A traditional meat, or “carne”, empanada will look like a half circle with a frilly edge, but a cheese and onion one might look more like a full circle or a pot pie.  Study up so you’ll be able to choose your flavors like a pro!

Empanada Shapes

 

In Tibet and Nepal, they have “MoMo’s”, a type of dumpling.  These too are often shaped based on their filling (though it doesn’t seem to be very consistent).  A vegetable MoMo will look like a little purse or pouch, where as a meat one will resemble a crescent.

MoMos

 

Just some interesting Food for Thought!  

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