Did you know that if you do a Google search for “Authentic Traditional Ethnic Foods”, you will, less than a second, get about 2,000,000 results?
Yep. Two million results, in less than one second!
Clearly there is a very large number of people, from all over the world, who are interested in, and searching for, authentic traditional ethnic foods. And that is why this site was started, exactly one year ago.
You will also note, if you click on the link to the above Google search, that you will find this site, Ethnic Foods R Us, listed on Page 1.
We are very pleased and proud to be, in just one short year of service to readers worldwide, ranked among the very best at providing what we do to those who are looking for it.
And … this post just happens to be … (drum roll, please ….)
Our 100th post, here on Ethnic Foods R Us!
So I thought it befitting to celebrate the first anniversary and 100th post with an article titled by none other than what this site was created for, in answer to what millions and millions of people are searching for year round, 24/7. And that is:
Authentic Traditional Ethnic Foods!
In our never-ending exploration of ethnic foods from cultures all over the world, occasionally you come across some foods that people eat that just, well … make you shake your head in wonder. These 7 Bizarre Ethnic Food Delicacies did just that to me. While I might be daring enough to try a few of them, I still have to wonder what possessed the first people in history who thought to even try these!
But of course, over the many thousands of years people have been on this planet, they have tried eating any and everything available. Some of the more absurd sounding (and looking!) foods become “delicacies” to certain cultures, while to others they seem absolutely strange – even disgusting.
But it takes all kinds to make a world, so let’s now get into the list of:
7 Bizarre Ethnic Food Delicacies
New Zealanders are often referred to (by themselves as well as others) as “Kiwis”. And this New Zealand Kiwi Hāngi meal is as old and traditional to the Kiwi people as is the length of time human beings have lived there.
This majestic and stunningly beautiful island was the last large mainland to be inhabited by humans. In fact, there were no mammals at all until the first people arrived. Prior to that, New Zealand was dominated by birds.
Polynesians first landed on New Zealand and began to settle there around 700 A.D., and before the end of the 8th century, the British had arrived. England came to terms with the Polynesians, and colonized New Zealand as a British property – granting the “native” Polynesian full British citizenship rights.
We have just started a new page started here on Ethnic Foods R Us, devoted to Kiwi Cuisine. Click here to go to it. The page is being loaded with lots of recipes that have evolved over the centuries. Foods that naturally reflect the cultural preferences of the Polynesians and the British, and that have blended into a cuisine that is unique and original.
One of the most unique traditional meals prepared there is this New Zealand Kiwi Hāngi (pronounced: “han-jee”). Attributed mostly to the Polynesians, who are lovers of foods cooked over open fires, the Hāngi is very similar to the American rustic camping meal called the “Hobo Dinner”. For a read on how to make a Hobo Dinner, check our post on Gourmet Open Fire Cooking.
But let’s now get right into how to prepare this real, authentic and traditional meal that is a national favorite to the Kiwi people, okay?
How to Prepare a New Zealand Kiwi Hāngi
Just a short post today, to announce a new page started here on Ethnic Foods R Us-
Afghani Cuisine Recipes!
Yes, if you are an ethnic food lover of all things Asian, this South and Central Asian country has some wonderful culinary treats to offer. And we are offering them for you now, on our Afghani Cuisine Recipes page.
If you are invited into a traditional Afghanistan home for dinner, you will be treated to the eating ritual of “Dastarkhan” – which is the name for how, in traditional Afghan Cuisine, a dinner meal is served. Here’s how it is done …
For all of you Western Africa food lovers, this post is a heads-up, announcing a whole new page dedicated to Togolese Cuisine Recipes.
Here is just a bit of the content, on the background and development of one of the most unique West African foods groups:
Togolese cuisine recipes are characteristic of many other Western African cuisine, with the additional influences of German and French cuisines. This special and unique combination is what makes the foods in Togo among the very best ethnic foods of Africa.
For more background content, and a list of Togolese Cuisine Recipes, Click Here.
This Chicken in a Hole Botswana Style recipe is the first of many to come on a new page, parented under the African Cuisine Page: Botswana Cuisine. Preparing it in the authentic and traditional way is a real fun (and, delicious!) experience.
Chicken in a Hole Botswana Style, prepared in traditional fashion, requires slow-smoking the chicken in a hole in the backyard (As you will see in the directions below). But you can also prepare Chicken in a Hole Botswana Style, with great results, in a lidded BBQ grille, too.
Chicken in a Hole Botswana Style Recipe-
I was searching for some unique, even “strange” ethnic recipes to share here during the summer grilling months. A Google search for “Strange Grilled Meats” led me to a recipe that I modified just a tad, but still using the same meats:
Ostrich, Emu, and/or Kangaroo steaks.
Now I know, to Australians, these are probably not considered strange grilled meats, not even in the least. But to us living here in North America, yes … plopping steaks from those animals on the barbie certainly falls under the category of-
Strange Grilled Meats!
I haven’t tried the ostrich or emu yet, but I did order some kangaroo steaks. Actually, I purchased some boneless Kangaroo loin meat, and sliced several thick steaks off of it.
I marinated them according to the recipe below, grilled them up medium rare, and let me tell you … delicious!
So good in fact, I decided I’m going to try out the same marinade/recipe with ostrich and emu, too. But for right now, on this post, the following is how I prepared my Kangaroo steaks.
Okay, you say, enough chit chat … how about getting into the recipe, Old Silly?
And fine, I say, that is exactly what I’m about to do, next up on this Strange Grilled Meats post …
Do you like Spanish Cuisine, or have you thought about trying some? Well now it is here, on Ethnic Foods R Us, because we have just launched a new page devoted exclusively to providing you, our esteemed readers, with a large selection of the best traditional and authentic Spanish food recipes.
This new page will be getting built out regularly, but starting right now there is a full day’s menu and then some, of the most popular dishes, including a traditional Spanish Paella food recipe, that will knock the socks off your tastebuds.
So hesitate not, hop on over now, to Spanish Cuisine, check out our first offerings, and stop back again and soon for much more!
The other day a friend, who is also into gourmet and ethnic food cooking, asked me to list what I considered as the Top 10 Ethnic Foods. And it gave me pause, because I had to stop and think:
Just what is “ethnic” food, really?
If I were asked to define ethnic foods, I finally came to think, I would first have to take into account all the ethnic food types, the many ethnic food groups, and really, when I started to think globally, the idea of being able to select, prioritize, and list ethnic foods in a “Top 10” category became impossible.
Because what is “ethnic” food to me, living in The Great Lakes Region of the USA, is not going to be the same as someone living in Asia, or Africa, or Australia, or South America, heck—even someone from another region within my own country would consider some of the foods I eat regularly as “ethnic” and visa versa for me.
How about referring to The Random House Dictionary’s definition of “ethnic”:
“Pertaining to or characteristic of a people, especially a group (ethnic group) sharing a common and distinctive culture, religion, language, or the like.”
So here again, it is important to remember that what you or I might consider as ethnic will depend on where we come from and what particular culture, religion, language, or the like that we share with others in our specific culture.
If an Englishman were to sit down to breakfast and be served a typical breakfast I might have, consisting of scrambled eggs, hashed brown potatoes, Canadian bacon, pancakes, toast and jam, and coffee, he/she would consider that as an authentic ethnic American food experience.
Hello and welcome to Ethnic Foods R Us-
Our efforts, to provide our readers with great ethnic recipes from around the world, with information and resources to help you be knowledgeable about the many different cultures, are ever continuous. We strive to provide valuable information about all the food cultures around, world wide, for your ethnic foods adventures to be the very best.
Consider Ethnic Foods R Us as your center of the “Food Cultures World”, where you can travel the planet and visit the peoples of faraway cultures, learning the foods they eat, what they like to drink, any specialty cookwares needed to prepare the recipes, as well as resources to obtain any and all ingredients and items needed.
It is in this spirit of service to our readers that we are always looking for new and more affiliations with companies that provide any of the above, so that we can present them here, your one-stop-only-needed site for outstanding ethnic food adventures. And we are happy and proud to announce our latest and new affiliation with an online proprietor of rare and exotic, small batch collections of fine wines and spirits from the Americas, Europe, and Asia …
Up until now, the page, Good Spirits, has been rather limited in its offerings. We just hadn’t yet found a company that provided the level of variety and excellence we were looking for, and one that had a good affiliation program.
That is now changing, in a big way, for the far better.
Stop by “Good Spirits” and check it out, and please come back again in a day or two. You will not only see that page growing by leaps and bounds in product offerings, but with informational and educational content as well.
That’s about it for this post, just wanted to make you aware of our new affiliation and what it will mean to you, our valued and highly regarded readers.
And please, if you have a comment, by all means leave it. Any suggestions for inclusions in the Good Spirits page, or for any of the many other pages here, be it a recipe you’d like, a specific ethnic foods culture you would like to know more about, whatever – The Old Silly is here every day, and loves to engage with and respond to our readers.
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