Help us choose the best European dishes to teach in Asia on our Long Way Home

Pampuchy

In times of globalisation, it’s often very difficult to distinguish typical elements that make one culture different from another. However, whenever you visit a foreign country, the most striking differences can be seen in the way people prepare their everyday food, the ingredients they buy and the utensils they use. We believe that cuisine is a major factor which helps us tell one culture apart from another.

From every trip we always try to bring a practical souvenir which, together with the knowledge acquired in the visited country, will help us make those typical dishes under our own roof.

During our Long Way Home trip, we want to learn heaps of traditional Asian dishes and pass this knowledge onto people living in the following countries, showing them the cultural diversity of the neighbouring countries and proving that it’s fascinating to learn from others.

We have prepared a list of dishes, together with their utensils, which we are planning to teach on the road, in exchange for local knowledge. We have included the three cultures we know best: Polish, English and Spanish.

If you have other ideas for items that would be easy to carry and teach, please let us know in the comments below. We will be really grateful for all the ideas!

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Poland

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best European dishes: Pierogi .
Pierogi

Pierogi are boiled stuffed dumplings. They are easy to make (dough is made of flour and warm water), come in many variations (depending on the filling) and are a very typical element best European dishes: Pierogi cutterof Polish cuisine, although they can also be found in other Central and Eastern European countries.

Cultural gift: pierogi cutter

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best European dishes: Baranek Wielkanocny.
Baranek Wielkanocny

Baranek Wielkanocny is a traditional Easter lamb-shaped biscuit, prepared for ‘święconka’ (Easter basket of blessed food) and as Easter table decoration. best European dishes: Baranek mouldLearn more about this tradition in our post 12 Facts about Easter traditions in Poland.

Cultural gift: baranek mould

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best European dishes: Faworki.
Faworki

Faworki, also called ‘angle wings’, are a traditional sweet crisp pastry shaped into thin twisted ribbons, deep-fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar. It’s traditionally eaten in Carnival. Their variations can be also found in Ukraine, Bulgaria, cultural gifts - cooking and living: rolling pinItaly and USA (brought by Polish immigrants).

Cultural gift: rolling pin

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best European dishes: Polish gingerbread from Toruń.
Pierniki

Traditional Polish Toruń gingerbread, produced best European dishes: Pierniki cuttersince the Middle Ages, that have become an icon of Poland‘s national cuisine. Eaten all year round but especially at Christmas.

Cultural gift: pierniki cutter

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best European dishes: Pampuchy

Pampuchy (kluski na parze)

Kluski na parze are large steamed dumplings made of yeast dough. They can be eaten hot or cold, sweet or savoury. They are either served with fruit (and best European dishes: steamer basketsweet syrup or yoghurt), on their own or with gravy as a side dish for meat. They are steamed over a pot using a linen cloth or a steamer basket.

Cultural gift: steamer basket

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best European dishes: Kotlet schabowy

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Kotlet schabowy

Traditional Polish thin tenderloin cutlet, deep-fried in breadcrumbs and served with potatoes and garnish (e.g. red cabbage). Its variations are known in other Centralbest European dishes: Meat hammer European countries, e.g. Wiener Schnitzel.

Cultural gift: meat pounder

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United Kingdom

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best European dishes: English pie

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Traditional English meat pie consists of chopped pork or beef, meat jelly and root vegetables. It’s covered in crusty pastry and baked in the best European dishes: pie dishoven. It comes in different shapes, it can be eaten hot or cold and is always served with thick gravy.

Cultural gift: pie dish

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best European dishes: Yorkshire Pudding.
Yorkshire puddings

Yorkshire puddings are a typically British staple dish made of eggs, flour, water and milk and are integral part of every Sunday roast and best European dishes: Yorkshire pudding trayChristmas dinner! Their exact origin is unknown although they were first mentioned in an 18th century book called The Whole Duty of a Woman.

Cultural gift: Yorkshire pudding tray

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best European dishes: Cup of tea, teapot and milk jug.
English tea

The art of tea brewing is British pride and joy, and you know you are in the UK when you hear the kettle boiling every 5 minutes and a hot mug of proper cup ‘o chai is placed in front of you at any time of day or night. best European dishes: Tea cosyBrits are the biggest consumers of tea in the world, consuming on average as much as 1.9 kg of tea per year.

Cultural gift: tea pot + cosy

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Spain

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best European dishes: Paella dish

Paella

Paella is the most iconic traditional Spanish rice dish originating in Valencia. There are various types but the most famous are Valencian, best European dishes: paelleraseafood or mixed paella. Paella is usually cooked over an open fire or a large gas ring and shared with a big group of people.

Cultural gift: paella pan (paellera)

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best European dishes: Porrón

Spanish wine

Spaniards are not only experts at wine production but they have also mastered some pretty impressive wine drinking techniques. These include using a porrón (left pic) or bota (bottom pic). Porrón is a traditional wine glass pitcher used to share best European dishes: Bota wine bagwine between many people without compromising on hygiene standards as wine is drunk without touching the spout with your mouth. Bota is a goatskin bag used to carry wine (e.g. to work in the field).

Cultural gift: porrón and bota

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best European dishes: Crema Catalana

Crema Catalana

This delicious desert is made of thick custard flavoured with lemon or orange peel and cinnamon. Before serving its top layer of sugar is caramelised by setting fire to it (like with Crème brûlée which is a variant of this desert). best European dishes: Cazuela de Barro (Spanish earthenware casserole)It used to be traditionally eaten on Saint Joseph’s Day (March the 19th) and prepared in typical earthenware casseroles.

Cultural gift: cazuela de barro (earthenware casserole)

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If you have any ideas of other cultural elements we should include (remember, they must include a small gift), we would love to hear them!

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Photo credits:
– Pierogi – photo by Pibwl used under bCC BY-SA 3.0 (Wikimedia)
– Faworki – photo by Marcin Floryan, used under CC BY 2.5 (Wikipedia)
– Rolling pin – photo by Peter Kammer, used under CC BY-SA 3.0 (Wikipedia)
– Polish gingerbread – photo by Marcin Floryan, used under CC BY 2.5 (Wikipedia)
– Kotlet schabowy – photo by Midhir, used under Public Domain (Wikimedia)
– Meat pounder – photo by BD2412, used under Public Domain (Wiktionary)
– Yorkshire puddings – photo by stef yau, used under CC BY 2.0 (Wikipedia)
– British tea – photo by Vanderdecken, used under Public Domain (Wikipedia)
– Tea cosy – photo by erinmahollitz, used under CC BY 2.0 (Wikipedia)
– Paella dish – photo by Jan Harenburg, used under CC BY 3.0 (Wikipedia)
– Porrón – photo by Edward, used under CC BY-SA 2.0 (Wikipedia)
– Bota – photo by Ardo Beltz, used under CC BY-SA 3.0 (Wikipedia)
– Crema Catalana – photo by Tamorlan used under CC BY 3.0 (Wikipedia)
– Kluski na parze – photo by Nerel, used under GFDL (Wikipedia)

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