Few things in the world are universal. Action, Music, Kissing, The films of Charlie Chaplin and
Mr. Bean, and food. Among these things, food is probably the most diverse. Compare the
breakfast between two nations. It will be evident that a traditional Full English Breakfast is very
different from a conventional Full Turkish Breakfast. That said, both cuisines have their fans.
Preference for food is entirely subjective. A person who grew up in the tame flavors of American
food might find the spice-laden Indian cuisine too adventurous for their taste. Meanwhile,
someone who has enjoyed flavorful and adventurous food all his life might find bland the
The British sense of taste.
Big cities like New York, London, Sydney, Toronto, and many others serve as the hubs for cultural
exchange. These melting pot cities are so-called because of how people from different cultures
meet and form a society that works together for a common goal while maintaining the distinct
traits of each culture that makeup part of the whole. Hence, melting pot cities are
homogeneous while being heterogeneous and heterogeneous while being homogeneous. They
are an amalgamation of cultures that make the city work and give it a unique identity.
So what does that do with food? EVERYTHING!!! Simply put, food is culture. Food is not only
nourishment. It can serve as a generation’s reminder of their identity. For many immigrants from
the majority of these societies, it is a reminder of what home tastes like. It serves as the identity
of these people. Hence, the very food people usually eat and enjoy can actually tell where one
comes from and what kind of place that is. Simply, it is a taste of home.
This taste of home will be the source of motivation whenever they are down. However, not every
ingredient could be available to them at all times, and as such, traditional family recipes will
have to be modified. This could be as simple as changing one ingredient for another or
modifying entire sections of the recipe. Not that it is a bad thing. Instead, it gives the recipe a
new twist, an evolution per se. Just take the California Maki, which is one of the most
famous types of sushi in the world.
Sooner or later, this food will either be sold or shared. If it is sold, buyers would not be limited to
people coming from the same country. People whose culture shares the same flavor profile with
the food presented would want to try it too. So do some adventurous and curious locals looking
for a new taste on the palate. Should the food be deemed popular enough, it will become a
mainstay of the locale sooner or later.
Food thus becomes a stepping stone for both cultures to come together and cooperate. Curiosity
will result from this just one food item. It could be for the purpose of looking for more on the
cuisine. It can also be curiosity directed at the entire culture itself. Whatever it is it will be a start
of a beautiful friendship and relationship between people from different walks of life.
Fusion CuisineFusion cuisine is another story. Fusion cuisine is created when different culinary traditions.
Usually, the combined cuisines come from two significantly larger traditional food traditions like
East Asian and Southwestern American cuisine. It could be Japanese plus any local or regional
cuisines available that would mesh well. Almost always, these combinations will result in
extremely delicious food. One could even consider it a metaphor for what results when people
put aside their differences and accept each other’s uniqueness.