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Western Cuisine: Beyond Fast Food Burgers And Fries

By Angela Foster

Western food is typically considered European or American style cuisine, but to some extent, it also pertains to the non-indigenous cuisines of other countries, including Australia. So don’t be surprised if people easily think of burgers, fries, steaks, ribs, and sausages when Western food is mentioned.

Can’t tell between Western and Eastern cuisine? Both have individual qualities that can be traced back to their distinct cultures. First, they differ in serving size. Western food means humongous sizes; most probably because Caucasians are bigger in body built compared to Asians and thus require more food intake. In contrast, dish proportions of Asians are relatively smaller, as their body size is.

In Western cooking, meat is also used in huge proportions. If in Asian cooking, meat is only part and parcel of the meal, in Western cooking, meat is the main star. Think of steaks. Thick slabs of meat are the main star of the meal. There are other food items on the plate, such as mashed potato and steamed vegetables, but the meat is the only reason why the plate is assembled in the first place.

In Western food, boiled rice is considered just a side dish. Much like how mashed potatoes, steamed green beans, corn on the cob, and fries are considered. If in Asian food, a complete meal that doesn’t have noodles must include rice, that isn’t true in Western cooking. Rice is even coloured some of the time.

One thing that is present in both Western and Asian cuisine is the use of spices. These are condiments and seasonings that accentuate the flavour to the meal. Catsup, mustard, gravy, sauces, soy sauce, fish sauce, hot sauce, garlic paste, peanut sauce among others are just same examples of both Western and Asian seasonings that are used to enhance the meal’s flavours.

In Singapore, Western dishes are now everywhere unlike before. Fast food restaurants serving Western meals are now easy to come by. Western foods are also usually spotted in hawker centres, or al fresco dining establishments that house food stalls, so you can have access to a burger or fries should you crave for them.

The great thing about dining is that the confluence of cultural orientations has made it possible for Westerners to find Asian cuisine to their liking and for Asians to find Western food sumptuous. This inter-relation of tastes and preferences has given more restos sufficient reason to serve both kinds of meals. Thus, where west meets east, you can definitely expect great food.

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Foster, Angela "Western Cuisine: Beyond Fast Food Burgers And Fries." Western Cuisine: Beyond Fast Food Burgers And Fries. 5 Jul. 2010. 20 Jul 2014 <>.

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