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Team Members: JAPAN: Aya, . USA: Alexis, Harlan THAILAND: S
In America food is loved by everyone. We eat three a day and try very hard not miss one. Food is incredibly important to all people, as any human knows, and we're here to tell you about it.
Our first meal of the day is breakfast. A typical breakfast usually consists of pancakes or waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon and some orange juice. French toast (actually made in America) is also frequently eaten for breakfast. Other common breakfast foods are cereal, sausage, bagels, and grits. Breakfast is called the most important meal of the day, because it gets you off to a good start when you wake up after hours of sleep. The pictures here are pancakes, bacon, and scrambled eggs (left) and cereal with milk and strawberries (right).
The typical lunch is a hamburger with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles if you want. Potato chips and a soda are also common to eat with the hamburger on the side. If we're in a hurry, we will go to a fast food place where we can get food to eat very quickly. It often is unhealthy, but it's quick, and easy to get, and is good-tasting.
These pictures are a submarine sandwich (left) and a cheeseburger (right).
Dinner is the final meal of the day, and to some, the best. In America there is usually only a three course meal.Many families eat dinner together, and science has proven it helps family members strengthen bonds and get through hard times. Dinner is different for all families, but people usually eat meat with potatoes and another vegetable. The meat is almost always beef, poultry, or pork (steak, meatloaf, pork chops, roast, fried chicken, and roasted chicken being the most popular choices). Turkey and fish can be served as well. The potatoes are usually mashed, though they are also commonly baked or roasted. Peas, green beans, carrots, or corn are usually the second vegetable side. The most common beverages with this is soda or water and bread with butter is usually served.
In different places in the U.S., there are many types of foods and to book them all in we categorize them in the catagory regional foods. Some places have their own signature foods and that's where regional foods step in. Such as in Louisiana their signature in gumbo, crawfish (an animal that looks like a shrimp), and seafood. Where we live, in Illinois you come here for great Chicago style pizza and hotdogs. The Chicago-style hotdog has mustard, tomato, pickle, onion, and pepper, but not an ounce of ketchup! In the south, people commonly eat fried chicken and cornbread. Coastal regions have a lot of fish, the state of Wisconsin has a lot of cheese, while Iowa has corn in abundance. Also, California and Maine have crabs. Large cities have many types of cultural food, but rural areas tend to have locally made foods.
There are foods only eaten on special occasions. On birthdays and weddings people eat a lot of cake. On the Fourth of July, our Independence Day, we eat hotdogs, hamburgers, and barbeque pork ribs. One holiday, Thanksgiving, we eat turkey, potatoes, stuffing, and more! This wraps up American food. Now, here is Thai food.
Green curry is a variety of curry in Thai cuisine. The name "green" curry derives from the color of the dish. Other Thai curry dishes are identified solely by their colors, such as yellow and red curry. Green curries tend to be as hot as red curries, both being hotter than panang/padang curries. However, green curries, regardless of heat, have a definite and desired sweetness that is not usually associated with red curries.
The main ingredients for the sauce consists of coconut milk, green curry paste, aubergine, pea aubergine, sugar, fish sauce, kaffir lime leaves, and thai basil leaves. The consistency of its sauce varies with the amount of coconut milk used. Green curry paste is made by pounding in a mortar green chillies, shallots, garlic, galangal, fresh turmeric, shrimp paste and salt. The paste is briefly fried in split coconut cream, then coconut milk, meat or fish, and vegetables added along with a pinch of brown sugar. Finally, kaffir lime leaves, phrik chii faa ("sky-pointing chilies", large mild chilies) and thai basil are added just at the end of cooking for fragrance. When the curry is made with fish or seafood, krachai (wild ginger, Chinese keys) is added.
Thai green curry can be made with all kinds of meat. However, the more popular ones are made with beef, pork, chicken, and fish ball. The green curry can be eaten with rice or with round rice noodles known as khanom jeen.
TOM YUM KUNG
1. Shelled prawns 2 lbs.
2. Clear broth 3 cups
3. Lemon grass, cut 1 inch pieces, lightly pounded 1 stalk
4. Kaffir lime leaves, torn 3
5. Coriander roots 3
6. Tomatoes (small) 5
7. Canned mushrooms 1/2 cup
8. Fish sauce 4 tablespoons
9. Lime juice 4 tablespoons
10. Coriander leaves 1 tablespoon
11. Toasted chili paste, fried 2 tablespoons
12. Small chilies, lightly pounded 5
Boil the clear broth and add the chopped lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves and coriander roots. Cover the pot until it begins to boil. Add the tomatoes, mushroom and fish sauce and leave to cook. Add he prawns, wait for the broth to boil, remove the pot from the heat. Put chili paste and lime juice into a bowl, spoon stir until mixed well, then add he small chilies. Pour the Tom Yum soup into the bowl and stir gently until well blended. At this point, if required add additional spices to taste. Sprinkle the coriander leaves and serve while hot.
Probably one of the most famous Thai dishes around the world is the one called tom yum kung. In English, it is sometimes called Hot and Sour Shrimp Soup or Lemongrass and Shrimp Soup. I took the above photograph at Pornsiri Kitchen in Samut Prakan this afternoon. This version has shrimp, but you could also cook it with chicken if you like. The basic ingredients are all the same. Shrimp, straw mushrooms, lightly crushed hot red chilis, sliced galangal, lemongrass stems, torn kaffir lime leaves, coriander, and seasoned with fish sauce, sugar and some lime juice. Use chicken stock to make up the soup. It is very quick and
easy to make. In the supermarkets in Thailand, you can buy the starter kit with
most ingredients for only about 8 baht!
Japanese breakfast consists of steamed rice, miso soup, and various side dishes. Common side dishes are broiled/grilled fish, tamagoyaki (rolled omelet), onsen tamago, tsukemono pickles, nori (dried seaweed), natto,etc.
Aji is a horse mackerel. Aji is eaten as sashimi (fresh raw fish slices). Dried aji is grilled and is often served in Japanese-style breakfast.
Misosiru is a clear soup with miso and with tofu and mushrooms. In Japan, miso soup and white rice make up the traditional Japanese breakfast, and so most Japanese people eat miso soup at least once a day.
Sawarais a Spanish Mackerel that can be broied or grilled.
Tonjirua Japanese soup made with pork and vegetables, flavored with miso - but it is more substantial (more ingredients) than the miso breakfast soup.
Popular Japanese lunch dishes are rice bowls, beef bowls, soba noodles, ramen noodles, and udon noodles are popular. Popular lunch box menus are rice balls (pictured), omeletes, sausages, meat balls, potatos, sushi rolls, and steamed rice.
Dinner is the main meal in a day and might include: simmered dishes, rice, salads, to-hu (pictured) tempura and sushi.