You think gifts are the only ones being wrapped? Ever heard of food enveloped in edible wrapper? You heard it right. Whether you’re craving for a seafood delight or just want to munch on a simple and light vegetable salad, or eat some rice medley, here are other ways to enjoy food Asians are famous for. Or maybe it’s time for you to have a quick visit in your grocery store and pick-out the freshest vegetable this time. Or for must-try Asian foods, here’s a list you want to try which are easy to prepare and requires less mess in the kitchen (you won’t even need a maid services to clean up after you’re done cooking or preparing).
Now trending is the Korean specialty, Bulgogi; it consists of thinly sliced beef marinated in soy sauce, garlic, honey, sugar, sesame oil, rice wine and lemon juice. It’s usually wrapped in lettuce combined with rice and strips of the stir-fried beef. You’ll be surprised on how simple yet tasty this dish is. After finishing a beef-in-a-lettuce piece, you’ll still feel light. So keep on rolling!
Vietnamese Spring Rolls
Another vegetable-packed dish but can be combined with seafood, and is a specialty in Vietnam, is the spring roll. Prepare cooked halved shrimp and rice vermicelli; add some mint leaves, shredded carrots or cucumbers. You can also add tofu for a healthier recipe. Carefully wrap ingredients with the outer part of the shrimp showing on top as you roll it. Serve with lots of peanut dipping sauce. So anytime is spring time.
Yang Chow Fried Rice
This is a Chinese inspired dish which is a complete meal in itself. This mixture consists of cooked rice, shredded beaten fried egg, shrimp, green peas and onions. Seasoned with soy sauce, sugar and salt and sauteed in ginger and garlic. A bowl can satisfy your cravings with this fried and tested all-in-one rice meal.
Egg Salad Wrap
Back to the wrapping of food. This time, a much simpler dish but still packed with healthy options. Your wrapping skills are again tested with this ensemble. Prepare a mashed boiled egg mixture of mayonnaise with a little salt and pepper to taste. Add carrots cut into bite-size strips and green beans sauteed lightly in olive oil; you can opt for fresh ones. And for an added variety, mix in some bean sprouts and the ever-healthy tofu. Wrap tightly in rice paper. Now that’s a wrap without the bow.
When most people sit down to eat, they are probably much too busy scarfing down food to even think about where each dish actually comes from. I can’t say I blame them, however. When those tantalizing smells call for me, I can’t help but answer back. I would suggest though that once your stomach is nice and full, you should come rejoin me for a little journey down memory lane and see, once and for all, where your favorite foods were created. Then, the next time you sit down to a nice, calm dinner, you can drive everyone crazy with your random facts. And you can appreciate food more. That too.
Let’s begin with a classic. Have you ever been tricked into believing that French fries were actually invented by the French? It’s okay if you have. I won’t judge you. The exact origins of these fried pieces of heaven are pretty sketchy but it’s generally agreed that they most likely came from the Belgians. The Spanish took potatoes from Columbia and spread them throughout Europe. The Belgians caught onto the trend pretty quick. They liked to fry up tiny fish but when winter came and all their fish got stuck underneath thick ice, they decided thin slices of potatoes would be a good alternative. Fish. Potatoes. I’m not sure I get the taste resemblance here. Oh well.
Up next we’ve got chicken and rice. It shouldn’t be too difficult to guess where this dish came from. No, it’s not China or India. But you’re in the right hemisphere. It’s Singapore! The people of this deeply cultural country can’t get enough of this delicious meal. As a matter of fact, it is their national food! If you ever get invited to a top Singapore event venue for a party, it’s quite likely that you’ll be served some of this magic on a plate.
Our last stop on our food journey is the Caesar salad. I don’t know about you, but when I think about “Caesar salad” I automatically imagine Julius Caesar chowing down on some lettuce and croutons. However, the origins of this food are a bit more complicated than that. It’s Italian. Wait, no. It’s Mexican. Sorry, I meant American. Wait, what? Actually, the story goes that an Italian immigrant named Cardini moved to North America and started up restaurants in both America and Mexico. This culinary genius threw together the recipe for the salad during a July 4th rush when they were running out of food. Way to think on your toes, Cardini!
So there you have it. Maybe you will now be so excited about telling everyone what you’ve learned that you will eat slower. Maybe. All I ask is that you don’t talk with your mouth full.
It was my first time in Melbourne so I could not resist trying out all the different restaurants here since I am such a foodie. I wanted to explore the different cuisines they have here and I was certainly not disappointed. Now I know why they hail this place as the city with the best restaurants in Australia. Here are the restaurants I came across in my incredible journey:
This award winning restaurant offers a superb view of Albert Park Lake. I was able to enjoy contemporary Australian cuisine here. The prices were a bit high but they were worth it since the service was good as well. I even had a little chat with one of the waiters who tells me he graduated from Chambers Institute to get a degree of Certificate IV in Business. I was thinking of dining inside where the ambiance is great but I chose to dine outside in order to have a great view. I also took a look at their impressive wine list and saw a lot of keepers.
The French Brasserie
The owner of this restaurant suggested to me that I try wine to go along with the French favorites I ordered. I tried it and it was the perfect combination. They have such an intriguing menu and the server recommended that I finish my meal with the creme brulee and I did just that. I know for a fact that their express lunch for two is very popular so that is what I had and I was not disappointed one bit. I almost forgot to take pictures of the food before I ate it.
This restaurant originally started in Malaysia but it is rapidly growing all over the world as they now have 300 branches in over 8 countries including Australia and Philippines. They have such delicious desserts and I was lucky enough to try some when I ate there like the New York Cheesecake and Chocolate Indulgence. I also got to try the Nasi Goreng with Chicken Satay and Chicken Parmigiana and both made me want to order for more. Their dishes are award winning and I clearly found out why.
Since there are a lot of Chinese business people living in Melbourne, they opened Red Emperor. It is a contemporary Chinese restaurant that offers classic Chinese dishes such as Peking Duck and Corn Soup. The best thing I love about Chinese restaurants is their dimsum choices such as shark’s fin and steamed shrimp dumpling. However, dimsum containers just have a few serving so you may want to order a lot of it as they also have some discounts when the time is right.
Los Amates Mexican Kitchen
When I came here to eat, the place was fantastic. I knew right away that there is a reason why they are dubbed as the best Mexican restaurant in town. They also have Mexican music and a long list of food items on the menu that highlights every province in the entire country of Mexico.
Food is an important part of our daily valuable life. You stand to gain a lot from the numerous foodie Instagram accounts run by well known chefs, nutritionists and dieticians, designers and bloggers. Here, I will provide you with a descriptive list of 10 most popular Instagram foodie you should follow. I will also explain to you, why you should not miss postings of these Instagram foodie accounts.
Run by Holistic practitioner Amy Crawford, this delectable account contains a wide collection of images of very sweet omelettes. They are usually gluten, wheat and sugar free and appears like dessert. I was pleased to know that they contain all fillings types such as strawberries, raspberry, and bananas among others.
This account falls in my category of 10 top Instagram accounts you should follow particularly because of the huge variety of foods. Celebrity Jamie Oliver understands the importance of delivering different meals such as breakfasts, lunches, dinners and sides among many others. I gather a lot of inspiration on how to create a great mix of fresh and clean food.
If you are for the kind of food that gives you warmth while enticing you to cook and eat at home every day, this is the account to follow. Sara Forte has made me have a great appreciation for whole foods.
This account has taught me a lot about healthy eating. Her foods are purely homemade and originally wholesome with a mix of culinary delights. Wait until you see her snapshots!
This is one of the most motivating accounts because Irena Macri’s food appears incredibly doable and easy. She manages to use lots of tasty veggies and healthy fats such as avocados and eggs. If you have this account it will be almost impossible to become a lover of Paleo.
While browsing for feeds full of amazing images of breakfast and stunning floral arrangements, I could not help but spot this account. Here, you will find beautifully arranged flowers and outstanding landscapes.
I must confess my obsession with @ohladycakes Instagram from the first time I stumbled on it. This account contains a wide range of feed pies, desserts and very beautiful images. I would definitely recommend this account to you any day.
Being a designer, blogger as well as a cocktail shaker, her foods are a reflection of it all; class. If you are in search of a combination of class and sparkle you can be sure to get it here.
I have drawn a lot of inspiration from this account for the longest time. Her feeds contain loads of DIYs, tasty looking foods and snapshots of her adorable dogs. You will definitely love what you will see here.
I have always sought this account for ideas whenever I am having special occasions such as anniversaries or birthdays. On several occasions I have advised my friends looking for a wedding cake idea to seek inspiration from anielias’s feeds as it contains stunning wedding imagery and cutely styled foods.
With the mention of best ethnic junk food, the first thing that comes into my mind is the famous Japanese rumen noodles. These noodles are delicious and affordable that I can bet they feature among the highly consumed foods in convenience stores today. Recently, I had about introduction of the Ramen Burger. The heat finally broke loose yesterday when I decided to grab a sizable burger to satisfy my graving since I heard about it.
Despite ramen noodles being suggested to contain little nutritional value, I can assure you that stolen water is sweet and you should step out of your regular diet and try this finger licking burger as soon as possible. This can be proven by the fact that after its introduction into the American markets a couple of weeks ago, foodies are already fighting to get a bite. Among the reasons why you should try this product include;
It is easy to prepare and consume.
Every time I find myself in my kitchen, I would not hesitate to spend 20 minutes making the burger. All that it requires are two buns containing fried ramen and a prime beef burger. Add sauces and flavored scallions to taste and trust me, you will be licking off your fingers once it gets finished.
You can make a lot in no time
The other reason why you should try out the ramen burger is because of its comfort and convenience during preparation. You can manage to make five large burgers within a span of 20 minutes.
In addition, it is easy and classy while eating. The ramen buns offer a sophisticated covering for the beef and other contents inside. This makes it appealing and haute at the same time.
Ramen burger features sandwich of beef burger between ramen buns. This is opposed to traditional ramen burgers which used pork instead of beef. In case you have personal or religious issues with pork, then this is the time for you to grab a delicious burger that suits your diet.
You can use any meat
Apart from the shoyu sauce and scallions, the buns fit nicely into custom ingredients like sweet potato fries. This means you can pair your buns with additional crunchy foods.
Quite nutritious, surprisingly
Ramen burgers are exceptionally nutritious. Since the central part contains beef and other additional stuff like sweet potatoes, you can gain a highly nutritious diet with huge amounts of iron and protein content.
High fiber content
Ramen noodles, which forms the ramen buns contains high fiber content. This means that despite being of little calorific value, the high fiber content induces essential digestive processes which prevent constipation. Therefore, trying a ramen burger may be a remedy for your constant problems with bowel movements.
From a nutritional context, junk food would refer to any food with little or no nutritional value. Most ethnic junk food today have undergone substantial processing, thus they contain excess of sugars and fats. Since these products are appealing to the eye, producers would usually target kids and teenagers who do not care about their side effects. Junk food like French fries and cheeseburgers are among the widely consumed foods. Other leading junk foods include;
1. Fried Snacks
They include convenient items like salty potato chips and chocolate cookies. They are liked by urban teens and are loathed with calories. They are responsible for the numerous obesity related cases reported in the society today.
2. Ice Cream
Along most streets it is common to spot a vendor selling yummylicious ice-cream in cones. During a hot summer afternoon, I would usually have a deep graving for these foods. Ice cream cones also have huge calorie content.
Just like ice cream, candies are among the favorite snacks among children. Producers incorporate attractive colorings into lollipop and toffees, which makes them preferable to teenagers. Despite the fact that candies contain high sucrose levels, they remain popular among the youth.
Donuts remain one of the leading snacks consumed for breakfast. Since they are prepared from deep frying, they have high fat content. Health experts hold the perception that excess calorie levels in donuts usually makes consumers obese.
Pizzas, which are commonly consumed within household table during dinner contains excess calories. The cheese and flour content found in the snack raises its calorie level to high limits.
Additional junks found in typical fast food stores across the street include the numerous types of burgers. Burgers are preferable among employees during lunch breaks. Actually, burgers are the number one most widely consumed junk foods across the globe.
7. Ramen Noodles
The ramen noodles, which are highly processed using fat and additional flavors, were originally consumed in Japan. This instant junk food became ethnically associated with the Japanese people, especially after reaching international markets. Immediately after its introduction, the product received considerable adoption in Europe and America because of being cheap and delicious. Despite being liked by consumers across the world, instant ramen noodles have been proven to being calorie dense. Other junk foods related to ramen noodles include ramen curry soup packaged in disposable cups. During preparation, it would require only adding boiling water for approximately 3 minutes before indulging in that delicious but calorie-rich curry.
George Bernard Shaw rightly quoted that there is no sincerer love than the love of food. One of the most popular foods in the world is burger. The love of burger did not limit itself only to the place from where it was originated which is United States. Its popularity has spread far and wide. Each region prepares a burger as per to the availability of resources. Let us have a look at different burgers around the world.
1. Fergburger in New Zealand
Kiwis relish burgers in this eatery since 2001. One of the most unique thing is that the buns used for the burgers are hand-made. Fergburger names it burgers with very innovative names like ‘Little Lamby’ which is a lamb burger with tomato relish and mint jelly. Some of the other innovative names of burgers include ‘Bun Laden’ which is quite controversial. Its signature burger is Big Al which according to its name is quite huge. It contains beef patties, bacon, cheese, eggs and so on.
2. Flippin’ Burgers, Sweden
Famous for grinding meat themselves, Flippin’ burgers burger named Cricket includes cream cheese, pickled onion, jalapenos and caramelized onions too. The pickling of foods is done by them in the house. They have been very successful in integrating American burger and their local taste.
3. Hamborgarafabrikkan Reykjavik, Iceland
Hamborgarafabrikkan means burger factory. They are well know for the innovative names they give to their burgers. One of their popular burger is Miss Reykjavik which is a chicken burger along with mango-yogurt salsa. Like their names the sauces they use on the burgers are also quite popular. One of their burger named ‘The Rescue’ contains sauces mesquite sauce to red and green chiles
4. Hamburg, Rotterdam, Netherlands
This eatery is butcher-shop themed is very trendy. The burger they serve is made from locally available ingredients from beef, shrimp to pumpkin. The cheese included in their burger includes cheddar and Gruyere.
5. Hamburgueria do Bairro, Lisbon, Portugal
This eatery is very well-known for their unusual topping in their burgers. Some of them include watercress, sweet cucumber, flamengo cheese and so on. The bun used is cut in three parts. One part of the part divides the tomato from lettuce. This helps in reducing sogginess and helps maintain the shape of the burger. However this thing will prevent clothes from being spoiled which is the best thing of burger, don’t you think so.
6. La Burguesia, Santiago, Chile
The burgers which they serve is divided into two categories. One is gourmet and other is American. Some of the innovative flavors served by them in the gourmet section include grilled shrimp with tomato comfit. Burgers served in the American section includes innovative flavors too like green chile along with cheddar cheese.
Royal Eatery, Cape town, AfricaThis place is famous for its vast menu and everyone can enjoy their burger as per their personal taste. One of their interesting burger is the Wagyu-Angus cross along with beer-soaked onions on a pretzel. Isn’t it interesting?! I think the Americans would love it. Burger with taste of beer. What more could an average American ask for?!
I love burgers cooked on the grill, but I thought I could make some improvements to my burgers. So I went online and searched for the perfect way to cook a burger on the grill. Here are some of the tips I found and the results when I used them.
1. Mix salt and pepper into the ground beef before you form the patties.
The tip I found said to mix a teaspoon of salt to 1 1/2 pounds of ground beef. I mixed up my burgers and cooked them. But I didn’t know the difference between a teaspoon and a tablespoon so they were uneatable.
2. Coat the rack of the grill with vegetable oil to keep it from sticking.
Well, this one worked a little too well. The burgers were cooking good and not sticking. They looked beautiful, then I had a flame to flare up while I was flipping the burgers and the vegetable oil caught on fire, burning the burgers and me.
3. Use 6 oz of meat for one burger
Yeah, this just gives you burgers that are smaller than Krystal’s.
4. Use a burger press for perfect shaped burgers
This makes beautiful patties but when they cook they bulge out and up in the center, making them look very weird and it is hard to keep your condiments from sliding off.
5. Use a well seasoned grill
Well, I figured a well seasoned grill meant one that all of the grease and oil from previous burgers still on it, so I didn’t clean the grill. When I went to flip the burgers they feel into little pieces into the fire and left me with a few crumbs still on the grill.
6. Don’t overwork the burgers
I found that if you don’t work them enough they will fall apart.
7. Cook well done
Just don’t cook until they are like hockey pucks.
8. Press your thumb into the middle of the patty to prevent bulge
Make sure you do it before you put them on the grill.
9. Don’t put things in the meat
But onion and A1 sauce makes them taste great.
10. Cooking too fast
If the fire has not died down then your burgers will be burnt on the outside and raw in the middle.
11. Put cheese on for the last 2 minutes
Maybe my fire is still too hot, but when I put cheese on for 2 minutes, I have cheese all over my grill.
12. Lighter fluid
Using too much lighter fluid, no matter if you let the fire burn all the way down or not, will make your burgers taste like lighter fluid.