[Insert Country Name Here] Dish

Posted on: March 8, 2014

I must be hungry today… another tasty offering! (I’m going to be so fat by the end of the weekend…)

Rantings of an Amateur Chef

We have a habit here in the US of blindly attaching the name of a country, region or even culture or religion as a name to describe a dish. Mexican rice. Cajun fish. Jewish Coffee Cake. I think I’ve posted all of those recipes here. I’m not sure what to think of that practice.

How does a simple name like that give the dish justice. Mexican rice? How many different flavors of Mexico are there? What about the various regions? What about it is Mexican that is not Southwestern or Spanish? Do other countries do this with “American XXX”? I’d love to hear from my international readers if they see that description at all with food. (I know about cafe americano for straight black coffee).

Unfortunately it is an easy way to get across a general set of flavors or ingredients very quickly. Here is the Indian…

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