The ingredients to any celebration are universal; close friends and family, colors, singing, dancing, euphoria in the air, the constant buzz of laughter and beaming smiles all around. But what is it that makes for a truly good celebration? The answer lies within… well, within the confines of our happy stomachs.
If history has taught us anything, it is this; food matters! It is an important part of any celebration regardless of culture, race or religion and it is what defines us. Celebrate this integral part of our lives by planning a unique vacation to experience some unbelievably delicious celebration food. We list down some of our favourite dishes.
Yu Sheng The Raw fish salad
The Chinese spring festival or Lunar new year, as its better known, has been celebrated for over the past 4000 years. It is probably the grandest festival for the Chinese and at the heart of its festivities lies its love for serving up a good feast. For the Chinese in Singapore and Malaysia, the ‘Yu Sheng’ is a cultural activity that never goes unattended. The Yu sheng signifies an increase in abundance, prosperity and good fortune. It’s ingredients; a variety of mixed shredded vegetables, a variety of sauces and condiments and fish (usually wolf herring or salmon) a total of 27 different ingredients making for a dish as stimulating to the eyes as it is to the taste buds. A crucial culinary necessity to Chinese Lunar New Year and a salad worth the tossing.
The Bockwurst Sausage
Every year Munich’s Oktoberfest attracts tourists by the thousands to partake in its tradition of binge drinking, dancing, traditional wear and eclectic food. The menu is to die for, with dishes like whole roasted suckling pig, Herbed Spatzel, Bratwurst and butternut squash stew and more. The Bockwurst sausage is a favorite of both locals as well as non-locals. Although it is traditionally served with Bock beer in spring, it has now become one of the main sausages served during Oktoberfest and is usually accompanied by red cabbage, mash potatoes and homemade brown gravy. Some prefer to throw in a hard roll (bread) and spicy mustard. Nothing says ‘German’ quite like it.
Thankful for the Turkey
Traditionally, Thanksgiving is that one time of year when families reunite at their dining tables to give thanks and spend quality time with each other and nobody knows how to say thank you better than the Americans do. The American Thanksgiving turkey is a must try for foodies of all shapes and sizes. The turkey goes synonymously with fresh herbal stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, cornbread and cranberry sauce. Vegans can opt for the tofu imitations of the Thanksgiving turkey served with squash, salads, fruit and other vegetable dishes. One of the most distinctive things about Thanksgiving is probably the tradition of breaking the wishbone; two people each take one end of the bone, make a wish and pull. The person with the larger portion gets their wish. The turkey is the ambassador of American tradition and should be a definite bucket list entry.
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