Discovering the exotic, locally
If you want to experience the exotic flavours of the world, many would argue that you need to travel there. Yet, in this day and age, that isn’t always possible since money and real world troubles always stop us from exploring our culinary dreams.
However, this modern age also means that there is plenty to see and sample right on your doorstep. People have moved all over the world and wherever people go, so do their flavours and cuisine. As such, here’s a way to explore more unique flavours of the world from the comfort of your own local area.
Why travel to Italy and China to sample Italian and Chinese food when it’s right on your doorstep? A quick look through your local food delivery menus will unveil many restaurants offering traditional cooking in this regard and you may be surprised by just how authentically it’s cooked.
Want to sample something different? Find a restaurant that specialises in it and get some food delivered. This is a great way to sample and draw inspiration without having to travel the world or dig deep into old recipes. Likewise, sauces can often be purchased from such restaurants, adding the authentic flavours to your own cooking. Never quite mastered that curry? Add some of the local sauce and see where the differences lie.
Likewise, you will never discover new flavours if you don’t first seek and try them out. Again, you don’t need to scour the globe for them when your local restaurants are more than happy to bring the exotic to your doorstep.
This is the greatest secret in creating unique, original and distinct flavours. Don’t use the same ingredients over and over again. Try new ingredients, spices, sauces and methods of cooking. The best way to do this is to draw inspiration from local food. See what they have to offer and, perhaps, see what’s missing. It’s a creative chef that can fill in the blanks on someone else’s menu.
In short, be creative. There’s no shame in trying local cooking. In fact, you need to try other people’s ideas to help change, shape and create your own. After all, if something is that good, it makes sense that someone else is already using it so share their passion and get inspired.