Food and Culture

This week I decided to focus on what food mean culturally for different individuals coming from all type of backgrounds. Food is such a connector, it brings people together and for many people a huge part of community and family. At home my family usually tries to eat family dinners together and we have been that way for my whole life, I know that this is true for many families but that others do things differently. Coming to University I’ve found that the once gathering of the people you care about has become the old alone late night old stir fry while watching Netflix.

This weekend I was given the chance to try out a whole new culinary and cultural experience with my friend from Japan who invited me to go for “Dim Sum” which by definition is a style of Chinese cuisine (particularly prepared as small bite-sized portions of food served in small steamer baskets or on a small plate. Dim sum dishes are usually served with tea and together form a full tea brunch. Due to the Cantonese tradition of enjoying tea with this cuisine, dim yum che, which means “drink tea” in Cantonese, is also synonymous with dim sum. Dim sum traditionally are served as fully cooked, ready-to-serve dishes. It was a totally different experience than going to a regular western restaurant because all the dishes are shared, there is a lazy susan in the centre of the table and everything is passed around.

I found this experience to be so much fun because instead of being stuck to one thing you were able to experience a little bit of everything. It is also a really easy way to connect and talk, the whole time the table is discussing about what they want next and experimenting the food. After this I felt like I understood the friend that I had come with in a totally different light. This person has come from a childhood and experience in lie totally different to mine and while the things I like to eat and do are very popular and done often, the special things that they do with family and friends are sometimes not included quite enough in our daily routines. I decided that with my roommates we should all have a sort of family dinner because like I said above, some times university equals a lot of lonely spaghetti. We all pitched in a different dish and had a shared a meal together and it definitely brought a little bit of home back to Victoria.

Ignore the spilled noodles chopsticks are not easy