By Tika Bujiashvili
On February 3 a Vietnamese Chef & Ethnologist Trang Regner invited guests at Vietnamese Evening. The main reason of meeting was to create such environment for the guests they felt they were in one of the cities of Vietnam, not in Tbilisi, Georgia. By introducing traditional Vietnamese cooking, Mrs Trang marked that Vietnamese food is considered one of the healthiest cuisines in the world because of its fresh ingredients, minimal use of dairy and oil and reliance on herbs and vegetables.
Generally, people from different parts of the world eat different types of food. The food you eat everyday can tell you about where you come from. It means that each dish has a special place in the culture to which it belongs, and is special to those who prepare it. Food is a portal into culture, and it should be treated as such as traditional cuisine is passed down from one generation to the next. Immigrants bring the food of their countries with them wherever they go and cooking traditional food is a way of preserving their culture when they move to new places.
And finally, introducing your traditional cuisine is a symbol of pride for you ethnicity and a means of coping with homesickness.