Imagine I am bringing you out for dining, what is the first question we ask? Most probable answer is the type of cuisine and the location.
While, we are imagining, take time to realize we are actually thinking ahead what food to pair with our drinks. Cultural cuisine consists of perfect exemplary of food pairing system, establishedover the human history.
Let say we have decided to select one from traditional Chinese food, a high end fast food restaurant and a sushi restaurant. We went into each restaurant and look into their menu before we go ahead, deciding what we want for the night.
A traditional Chinese restaurant: Wow, variety of food choices from stir-fry, steamed and fried items, soups, rice and noodles but the drink menu focus onvariety of tea and beer. .
A high end fast food restaurant: Better than McDonalds’ value, this restaurant offers burgers grilled patties, fries, fried chicken wings and perhaps other snacking items like taco. The selection of drinksinclude soda drinks, juices, beer, coffee and perhaps to an extent, cocktail.
A sushi restaurant: Varieties of sushi, don, ramen andedamame is what I recalled having. sake and green tea ate amongst the selection of drinks.
You see, every culture have different ways of food pairing. Of course, the fast food culture is a result of adaptation.
Food pairing is a field of knowledge. I like to think of it as a mini guidelines for food consumption rather than the only way of having food. - An ancient food guidelines.
What would you eat if we were going to the sushi restaurant? Would a soda drinks work well with the sushi?
I will leave you with that question. Plus, let me know what other food pairing combination you might have in mind, regardless if it made a good or a bad combination.
'As human evolve, food culture evolve''