what determines any particular dish or food to be ethnic? is it food that you are not familiar with personally?
- Desi ChefLv 71 decade agoBest Answer
Ethnic food, often called world food, is one of the most exciting growth areas, particularly in sales to affluent western consumers. But the definition of ethnic food varies according to where and who you are.
Defining ethnic food is difficult. "Ethnic foods represent a complex, dynamic category," according to the National Restaurant Association, "In a multi-cultural society like the U.S., one tends to perceive more and more cuisines as ethnic." Also, over time, items that used to be distinctly ethnic, like tacos and pizza, have become part of the mainstream American diet.
While an exact definition of ethnic food may be difficult, three trends are clearly emerging. First, traditionally popular ethnic foods such as Mexican, Italian and Chinese are becoming more sophisticated through the use of regional-type cooking and ingredients. Second, new ethnic cuisines, such as Indian, Moroccan and Thai cuisines, are experiencing "hot" growth because they are rich in aromas and have strong taste profiles that are unique and varied. Third, ethnic fusion foods, which combine the flavors of different regions and cultures, are growing in popularity because they satisfy the American demand for variety and taste.
Within this area of ethnic fusion cuisine several further trends have been developing. First, traditional fusion cuisines, such as Creole or Southern cooking, have been becoming more complex and diverse. Second, traditional fusion cuisines are being joined by newly popular ones such as Mediterranean and Caribbean foods.
Third, as the popularity of fusion and regional ethnic flavors grows, new complex flavors will emerge. Ingredients or cooking styles of various ethnic groups will be combined to provide a unique flavor or dish, thus creating newer versions of mainstream products such as pizzas, salsas, pastas, stir fries or fried chicken. We may see a Thai lasagna, Mexican pizza, Japanese enchilada or Cajun dumpling.
More complex growth of these fusion flavors will continue into the 21st century. Americans will be eating ethnic foods that will have more sophisticated ethnic flavor profiles than previous generations. We will see unique combination flavors such as Java enetia, CreoMex or CubanThai. We also will see new regional cooking, based on the various ethnic populations living in each region of the United States.Source(s): NYT
- LydiaLv 71 decade ago
It would be some food or dish most particular to a certain ethnicity, a nationality. For example, Chinese food, Ukrainian food, Norwegian foods.
- 1 decade ago
to me its just a politically incorrect term. but going by definition : Defining ethnic food is difficult. "Ethnic foods represent a complex, dynamic category," according to the National Restaurant Association, "In a multi-cultural society like the U.S., one tends to perceive more and more cuisines as ethnic." Also, over time, items that used to be distinctly ethnic, like tacos and pizza, have become part of the mainstream American diet.
- G E M ALv 61 decade ago
Culture and costume using specific condiments determine any particular dish of food as ethnic.
For example: jalapeños and spicy food are considerated as mexican because Mexicans use this condiment to create their typical dishes.
China - rices, soy sauce, etc
Jàpan - Nori, non cooked seafood, rice vinegar
Argentina - meat, barbecues
Islands - Tropical fruits, rice, beans
Italy - lasagna, raviolis, fettucini,
France - Creams, soups,
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- lots_of_laughsLv 61 decade ago
I think a simple definition is a food or recipe that are from outside of your country... In my case, the US.
Ethnic, would be German, Polish, Thai, Japanese... etc.
Non-ethnic would be pot roast, barbecue, fried chicken.
- 1 decade ago
Besides what's been said, I consider it as a dish cooked with ingredients that are not originally from the ethnia you live in.
- Bert CLv 71 decade ago
It is food that originated or is more popular in a country or culture other than the one you are eating it in.