November 19, 2018

Food for Thought

White people may look more different from each other than Asians do (hair color & shape, and eye color, etc..), but when it comes to food, they “all look same.” Yeah, sure, they might look really different to you white people, but not to me. Think about the kitchen and cookware, for instance. For the most part, y’all use the same tools to cook. Chinese and Japanese have completely different sets of tools. OK?

Last weekend, I bought a bunch of Danish food products at Danish Seamen’s Church Christmas Fair, but what makes them Danish is rather subtle. Danish expats formed a long line for these subtle differences. One man told me that the jar of red beets in his hand tasted different from the ones commonly available here. He said it’s a bit sweeter. Naturally, when there isn’t much difference between here and your home country, any subtle difference would function as a signifier to remind your homeland, and you would need that difference to enjoy the sense of home. I’m sure this becomes rather challenging for the Brits as even the language is the same and their own cuisine is nondescript. They might, for example, need to rely on the difference in the brand of vinegar on fish and chips to feel at home.

Having said that, the bottle of “remoulade” is dope. I can see myself using it on all sorts of things. In the photo above, I just put it on a piece of Danish brød. But, I couldn’t tell you what the difference is between Danish, German, and French remoulade. I just know that this difference is very important for the Danish expats because the bottles were selling like hotcakes and the boy who sold me a Danish hot dog sounded very proud of it. If there was a German boy selling their version next to him, I probably wouldn’t be able to tell them apart.

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