Aussie vs Japanese Food
Food is important to every creature; however, there is great cultural variation with humans. A lot of interesting differences about food are seen among countries and the differences are not only in food items but also in food styles that have been influenced by climate, history, geographic feature, culture, and eating habits. This essay will focus on the differences of food styles – Aussie vs Japanese Food.
Japanese traditional meal consists of steamed rice, some side dishes, and soup. The style is basic, which is called “One soup and Three dishes”. Each of the dishes is a rather small portion but varied contents and cooked in different ways, e.g. grilled fish, boiled vegetable or pickled sea weed. It is important for Japanese cuisine to use seasonal foodstuff and to look nice.
Furthermore, Japan is a narrow country surrounded by sea. As a result of this, the main food supply used to be Fishing and Agriculture; therefore, even now Japanese people are fond of seafood and vegetables, historically and geographically.
As for seasonings, Soy Sauce and Dashi are significant for Japanese food. Dashi is broth/soup stock which is made from dry seaweeds and/or dry fish. Dashi contains Umami that gives a flavor and a nice touch to cooking as a taste enhancer; therefore, using Dashi can reduce oil or fat in cooking comparing to other countries’ food and, consequently, Japanese food is considered healthy and very popular in the world these days.
Meanwhile, Australia is a big country that includes huge deserts and outback and has the pioneer history. Those specific geographic and historical features are the reasons why livestock like cattle and sheep have become Australia’s major food, such as roasted beef, lamb, pork or chicken although it was originally influenced by England. Nowadays, the style of meal has become more sophisticated and multi cultural and is normally served on one big plate with a few vegetables, or only potatoes. Nevertheless, Australian people seem not to have serious physical problems from their eating habits. Generally speaking, most of them can have a long life with good health. According to the Statistics of the Average Life Expectancy for 2015 by WHO, the Japanese average life span is the first place of the world at 84 years old, and the Australian is the third at 83 years old. The statistics show that there is not a big gap of health caused by the differences of food styles.
There are a lot of differences about food and its style between Australia and Japan due to specific features. People who live in Australia are fortunate to experience both of them, moreover, they can choose multi cultural cuisine. The most important thing is to enjoy the differences and have a happy life with a healthy diet.