HISD71 Winter 2015

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The Origins of Biryani

The biggest way that Biryani was affected by the Indian Pakistan split was due to religion. Back in India, both vegetarian and meat Biryani were equally as important to the food culture. When Pakistan split from India, due to religious differences, it did not take with it the need for vegetarian Biryani. This is because in India, the majority of people at the time were Hindu, and in the Hindu religion, the diet is strictly vegetarian. Whereas, in Pakistan, the majority of people are obviously Muslim and they ate meat. Therefore in Pakistan, meat Biryani is much more popular than Vegetarian Biryani. This is probably why at some Pakistani restaurants, vegetarian Biryani is not even offered.

 

The Archive of Taste: Mole Poblano

This website is dedicated to Mole Poblano, which has been called Mexico’s national dish, a complex sauce of chile peppers, spices, turkey, and chocolate. As a documentary repository for mole, it seeks to answer the question, can we taste the past?

A Short History of Sushi

This website illustrates how sushi evolved, how they looked, and what factors contributed to its evolution.

Exploring Filipino Restaurants in Toronto

Although Filipinos make up a large portion of the immigrant population of Toronto, their cuisine has flown under the radar in comparison to other ethnic cuisines. Nonetheless, Filipino restaurants can be found all around Toronto, most of which serve home style Filipino food. Instead of comparing several of these, I decided to look at three restaurants of different types:Remely's - an "authentic" restaurant serving home style Filipino food; Max's - another "authentic" restaurant that is also part of a chain originating from the Philippines; and Lamesa - a "modern" Filipino restaurant. I will analyze and compare the three, in addition to exploring the communities in which they are found, to see how they may help us answer the questions posed earlier.