Together We Travel The World
In just one classroom, there were so many different cultures. It was an exciting day, a day where differences were realized and accepted. All the aromas mixing, clashing. A fight for supremacy? No, no, they were blending, trying to come together as a single smell. Everyone loves food, you know? And the easiest and tastiest way to explore and learn about a new culture is to have a taste of their cuisine.
I brought in spring rolls (or egg rolls, if you prefer) to share which are part of my, the Vietnamese, culture. The recipe for these rolls have been passed down for so many generations, my family and I lost count of where it started. If you've ever had egg rolls (maybe from Chinese takeout or something), you'll notice that no place, no family, makes the dish the exact same way, same taste. Each have their own unique characteristics and tastes that suit the creator. Over the years, our own recipe has developed and changed, adjusting with each family it gets passed down to. We changed it as it traveled from Vietnam to here in America. It's real neat, you know, eating foods from across the globe.
Our classroom culture: German, Italian, Dutch, Vietnamese - I bet there were even more. Foods: spatzle, meatballs and sauce (though Italians call sauce gravy), tea berry cake (which tastes like pepto bismol), shoo-fly pie, pizzelle, and pound cake.
They tasted really foreign to my tongue - more like from another planet, not just a couple thousand miles. I hope that in the future, I will see these places for myself, explore their cultures, and make friends with all kinds of people. I think this cultural food festival was a really interesting and fun way to learn and understand more about our fellow classmates - thank you for reading!