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!
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.
Just some interesting Food for Thought!
“I would not have done anything differently. All of the moments in my life, everyone I have met, every trip I have taken, every success I have enjoyed, every blunder I have made, every loss I have endured has been just right. I am not saying that they were all good or that they happened for a reason…but they have been right. They have been okay. As far as revelations go its pretty lame, I know. Okay is not bliss or even happiness. Okay is not the basis for a new religion or self help movement. Okay won’t get me on Oprah, but okay is a start and for that I am grateful. Can I thank Bhutan* for this breakthrough? It’s hard to say […] It is a strange place, peculiar in ways large and small. You lose your bearings here and when that happens a crack forms in your armor. A crack large enough, if you’re lucky, to let in a few shafts of light.”
~ The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner
*For me, replace Bhutan with Nepal – same effect!
It means “No” in Arabic,
“Yeah, okay” in Nepali,
and “[Over] There.” in French.
I would hate to be a French Moroccan in Nepal!
What do Nepalis and Floridians have in common? Both wear flip-flops (slippers) everywhere, no matter of the weather. Only Nepalis climb mountains in them, Floridians just bum about the beach or mall in them.
“[Going to] Kathmandu was like doing a line of coke and getting hit in the face with a frying pan.”
~ It’s Only the Himalayas by S. Bedford