The Karakalpaks and other peoples of Central Asia, have their own customs and traditions. Many of them are rooted in antiquity and originated in the pagan cultures of the Saka nomads, the Pechenegs, the Oghuz. Of course, most belong to the later Islamic culture, but at the same time retain some elements of pagan cultures.
The Karakalpaks have unique customs and rules of conduct on family and community meals, which are strictly followed so far. Like most Eastern Nations, Karakalpaks eat food, according to tradition, sitting on the floor around a tablecloth or tablecloth. Solid food is eaten with the fingers, the broth is served separately in a bowl or Cup. Before the meal pour water on the hands, and then give water to drain with hands. Not supposed to shake the water off the hands after washing, because the spray can get into the food. According to the custom of the first starts are senior in age or position a family member or guest. When the house came the guest, was served with sour milk or buttermilk. The custom of drinking tea began to spread in Karakalpakstan, as well as throughout Central Asia, only by the early Continue reading
One of the biggest surprises for any native of the former Soviet Union will most likely be that the so-called Korean carrots is not Korean cuisine. It is believed that the carrot salad originated in the USSR as forced replacement of the main local dish — kimchi. Being unable to get a cabbage that is necessary for making real kimchi, Soviet Koreans used different substitutes and finally settled on carrots and garlic. In modern Korea, kimchi is first and foremost a special way fermented cabbage seasoned with ground red pepper. Invented when some poor peasants way of preserving quickly spread among all social classes — ancient texts suggest that kimchi was served at the Royal court in the fifteenth century. To try this dish today, you do not need to order it in a restaurant, especially in the menu it is not there. The popularity of kimchi is so high that all points of public catering, except, perhaps, “McDonald’s”, it is served on the table before the visitor has time to make the order. While kimchi is never included in the bill, and at a time when the visitor finishes the last cabbage leaf, fermented in a red pepper, it will put a new batch.
The weapon is food
Any travelling within Asian region one is confronted with the fact that his skills of eating Continue reading
The translation of the Japanese word “soba ” (そば) is much closer and znakomie all of us than you can imagine. “Soba” translates to buckwheat – the crop of the native and understandable. It is not necessary, however, to think that the Japanese once again encroached on our national heritage: apparently, the buckwheat, which was first cultivated in India, came to Japan for several thousand years before the Byzantines were acquainted with this plant Rus.
The same word “soba” the Japanese call and the noodles are made from buckwheat flour: you’ve probably all heard, and possibly seen on sale, and now ask myself – what is so amazing to be in this very ordinary noodles.
Exactly, amazing. Because soba – unusual noodles.
Apparently, the tradition of eating buckwheat noodles originated in ancient times, but finally blossomed in medieval Edo (as it was then called Tokyo): there were concentrated the most affluent members of Japanese society who could afford to eat every day is not cheap in those days white rice. An unpleasant consequence of this privilege was the disease beriberi, caused by deficiency of vitamin B1. It’s not very Continue reading