Taste test: exploring American food in 6 classic dishes
Your guide to classic American food.
Warren from INTO Oregon State University gives Abdelmoneim from Libya six classic American dishes to try.
Hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries.
When students come from overseas, that’s often their first choice for meals.
But there is so much more to try; keep reading for a taste of real American food!
Taste Test 1: Potato salad
First up is potato salad, a staple at BBQs and a classic summertime dish. What did Adbelmoneim think?
It tastes amazing. It had a great mixture of onion, mustard, carrots and smashed potato. I wanted more.”
Taste Test 2: Devilled eggs
A classic party food. Boiled eggs are cut in half, then the yolks are mashed together with mayonnaise, spices and diced onion, then spooned back into the halved egg white.
It looks a little odd, but tasted great!” said Adbelmoneim.
Taste Test 3: Chicken pot pie, classic American food
Chicken pot pie was Adbelmoneim’s favourite.
I like this kind of food! The mix of vegetables, chicken and pastry is delicious.”
Taste Test 4: Gumbo
Our next dish is Gumbo, a traditional creole soup from the area around New Orleans.
Gumbo is served over rice and usually has sausage and chicken or a variety of seafood.
Rice is my favourite dish, and the gumbo has amazing taste. I like it with its special black pepper seasoning!”
Taste Test 5: Salted caramel whoopie pie
Next we move on to dessert with salted caramel whoopie pie!
These are sometimes call “big fat Oreos,” as they are made with sweet cream sandwiched between two small round cakes.
I like it. It would be the best dessert to enjoy with a cup of coffee.”
Taste Test 6: Boston cream pie
Boston cream pie is next and was a great way to finish the meal.
For the first time since I came here, I feel that my mother has cooked something for me. This reminded me of my mother’s cake back home in Libya. I really loved it.”
There is so much more to traditional American food than just hamburgers and hot dogs!
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