The restaurant industry is becoming all-inclusive now. Authentic Italian, French, Mediterranean, Japanese, Chinese, &, well you name it & the possibility is that restaurants would be there to indulge your whimsy! Restaurateurs are expanding their menus & globalising them to fit in every cuisine possible. But while they might be able to place the cuisine on the menu, they fail to provide authentic flair to it. A part of it is because they fail to adapt to the food habits of the cuisine.
If you are wondering how not paying attention to a culture’s food habits affects the cuisine altogether, then try thinking about Indian food without spices. Nightmare!
And it is not just limited to that. It is primarily about balancing spices, and food proportions, knowing the side dishes & main dishes, & also knowing which drink to serve to enhance the taste!
Going back to our Indian thalis. Our food is a perfect balance of sweet, savoury, spicy flavours, and milk-based items (kheer, buttermilk, kadhi), all paired with chapatti or rice. It is a balance of all the nutrients our body needs for sustenance.
In addition to that, food habits also include understanding which meal or item to serve at which hour of the day.
If you wish to upsell your restaurant menu or are just curious about understanding the various interesting food habits of cultures around the world, then worry not, we have you covered!
Interesting Eating Habits You Should Know About!
Authentic cuisines have made their way to the Indian tables! But have the food habits made it here too? Well, there are very few restaurants that have been successfully able to establish themselves to be authentic places for this cuisine. One reason for it obviously being the local eating habits & flavour pallet. And the other one is the restaurants’ lack of knowledge.
In this blog, you would learn all about niche food habits & traditions, which every restaurant owner should know about.
- Japanese food habits include paying attention to the plating of the food. They believe in satisfying your eyes as well as your tongue & stomach!
- They serve small portions of food. Quite similar to Indian cuisine, they too have many smaller plates or dishes that include meat, vegetables, sauces or side dishes & rice
- Most dishes in Japanese cuisine are either boiled, eaten raw or have little to nothing seasoning. And so, their dishes are served alongside various types of condiments like wasabi, soy sauce, pickles, & etc.
- Their meals don’t include milk-based or fruit-based items
- Did you know that the Japanese don’t eat full stomachs? ‘Hara Hachi bu’ is the Japanese concept of eating until you’re 80% full. The purpose is to give your digestion system rest & not stuffing or overeating. It also simply means that you are taking 20% fewer calories. This is important in maintaining the balance of fluids, fat & nutrients in your body! This is one of the ways how they stay young, healthy & slim for the longest!
- Unlike popular table manners, in Japanese culture, making sounds while eating indicates that you are liking the food! So the next time you are in a Japanese restaurant, don’t shy from slurping on the Ramen bowl!
- French diet includes consuming wine. For them, it is an essential component of their meals. But of course in a regulated amount. Wine is proven to help digestion & reduce the chances of cardiovascular diseases in long term. Plus, it is a great pair of cheeses. Which is another must-have in french cuisine!
- French eat to please their hearts! For French people, eating is not a daily routine or a way to replenish themselves. For them, eating is an important event of the day! In fact, many types of research prove that this mindset of forming healthy food habits is one of the reasons why there is a low obesity rate in France!
- The French love their finger foods! They always have a small portion of food or items that they can nibble on while waiting for their meals. It makes sense because the French eat their dinner late!
- Bread is an important part of French food habits. But while eating French cuisine, you never bite into your piece directly. It a dining etiquette to break a piece off and place it on the left-hand side of your plate. Break small pieces off and pop them into your mouth while enjoying the main course & wine!
- In fact, it is perfectly acceptable to wipe your plate of food clean with bread. In France, is a hearty acceptance of the food and sometimes about clearing the plate for the next course
- Unlike western & Indian table etiquettes, where the ‘head of the table’ is the most respected seat at the table, in Thai culture, the most respected or elderly person of the family sits in the middle of the table
- Thai food includes a lot of meat & fish paired with vegetables, broth & side dishes
- This cuisine has made its name by being one of the spiciest South Asian cuisines. But if you feel you need more spice, as it out loud! Many side dishes are served just to enhance the spice of the food
- But this cuisine does not primarily emphasize spiciness. They believe in balancing all the flavours on the plate with various sweet, savoury, bitter & pungent items
- One thing common among almost all East Asian cultures & their food habits is that they wait for the elderly to start the meal. This norm is common in Indian, Japanese, Thai, Chinese, South Korean, & other cultures!
- Bread, especially flatbread or Pita bread, is part of their staple diet! It is so crucial to the Lebanese diet that some Arabic dialects refer to it as esh, meaning “life”
- Restaurants serving Lebanese cuisines should know that the food in this culture is served all at once. And so, your kitchen staff needs to be active in cooking, plating & serving all the items hot, fresh & ready to eat!
- Lebanese food habits include eating fruits after their meals
- Their Kibbeh, Falafel, Baklawa, Hummus, Baba ghanoush, Sugared almonds, Tabbouleh & Fresh Fruit salads, &, Shawarma are one of the most famous Lebanese dishes around the world!
- Just like in India, even in Korea eating is a communal affair. There is no ‘one item per person’ kind of system. Everything is ordered for everyone! And so orders are always huge. This means that restaurants have an all-inclusive menu to serve to every customer’s whimsy
- Korean diet includes consuming a lot of fermented food like Kimchi, salted beans, fish, soy sauce, soybean paste, & other items. These items are part of their main course which is very much like Japanese & Indian cuisine and has many side dishes.
- Korean food habits include eating raw, semi-cooked & cooked items in their meals. Their bowls are filled with colours! They love their vegetables just as much as they love their meat
- To give an authentic Korean restaurant vibe to your restaurants, you might want to install grill table tops. Since Korean cuisine includes many main & side dishes along with alcohol, their meal time is longer. And so, usually, restaurants provide the customers with their semi-cooked meat, broth, vegetables & various types of condiments. Guests usually help themselves to serve & eat their meal at their pace
- Amazingly, a lot of these side dishes are refilled for free! The staff always keeps tabs on refilling drinks & side dishes without disturbing the customers’ dining experience
- Italian food habits include taking a very light breakfast. Usually coffee with some pastry, bread, roll or croissant
- Although it is one of the most prominent cuisines in any restaurant, cafe or bar, authentic Italian food is quite different from what we all think it to be. Italians usually have two-course lunch. The first course, Primo, includes pasta, risotto & soup. The second course, Secondo, includes meat, fish, vegetables, etc.
- For Italians, Cappuccino is a breakfast drink while wine is a must with every course of the meal!
- For restaurants looking to provide authentic Italian touch to your spaghetti, ask your chefs to never ever break the pasta before boiling!
People around the world are interested & so are their eating habits! If you too wish to provide an authentic dining experience to your customers, then you might want to take a few tips from this blog!
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