Nepal

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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“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!