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“Hawai’i has often been called a melting pot, but I think of it more as a ‘mixed plate’—a scoop of rice with gravy, a scoop of macaroni salad, a piece of mahi-mahi, and a side of kimchi. Many different tastes share the plate, but none of them lose their individual flavor, and together they make up a uniquely ‘local’ cuisine. This is also, I believe, what America is at its best—a whole greater than the sum of it’s parts.”
Honolulu by Alan Brennert

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!