There is great value in understanding the foods you’re fond of and why they make you feel good. With the knowledge of different cultures and the worlds’ cuisines coming together in such close proximity that is the city we live in, we are indeed privileged to have such variety and nuance to our taste buds.
Agreeably we live in a time where we can have any type of cuisine and any kind of food we want in a matter of minutes. With the variety that is available to us in this day and age, we may often face a situation where we have to think what meals to eat, if it’s going to make us feel good. And if it poses a bit of a dilemma on many an occasion, then what can we do to simplify the process?
To enjoy a small bowl of rice, some kind of meat and vegetables is a luxury in itself. Bringing together a group of foods to accentuate taste, delight, aroma and nourishment is the complex simplicity of Chinese cuisine. A good chef knows how much cinnamon, sichuan pepper or fennel to use in a pot au feu, and it takes years of understanding the elements of taste to harmonize a dish. Deciphering the right cooking method is also of key note: shallow frying versus stir fry, simmering versus steaming to attain the right texture and colour.
A ‘feel good’ dinner is worth its weight in gold. It not only delights the senses but has the ability to inspire us to be our better selves. Wouldn’t you agree?