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Street Eats

Convenience Foods Around the World

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Buttery and savory, the Australian meat pie is known as an unofficial national dish and is the most popular food eaten at sporting events. Only 2-3 inches in diameter, meat pies are designed to be handheld, quick-to-eat and most importantly, filling. A typical pie contains chopped or minced meat and gravy and is served with a variety of condiments like tomato sauce or mashed potatoes, or served in a thick pea soup.

HISTORY

Across the world, you can find pie. Though they now come in many different forms, historians have traced the origins of pies to ancient Egypt. Dough was mixed with fruits, nuts, and honey and these pies were perfect for baking, preserving and storing meats for long periods of time. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans did not eat the pastry as it was made from a flour and water paste and became rock-hard as it solidified. Instead, the outer shell typically was crumbled and added to stews as a thickening agent. 

The British are widely credited with bringing the meat pie to Australia in the 1780s, at the same time as the arrival of the First Fleet. When Australian residents opened a steam-powered wheat mill and added the local meats, the “down under” style of meat pie emerged. As early as the mid-1800s, pie carts operated in metropolitan areas and bakeries proudly displayed their meat pies in even the most rural of towns. Meat pies really gained popularity in the 20th century with Pie Nights at the local football clubs. Featuring music, lectures, or even eating contests, Pie Nights created a supportive community of club members.

 

China

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“Lovely and pleasing … 

Rich flavors are blended within; 

A plump aspect appears without.”

–Shu Xi, “Rhapsody on Bing”


 

Among the significant food innovations is the ability to store, transport and preserve food in the form of dumplings. Chinese dumplings are fluffy, tender, and moist, and they quickly disappear in 2-3 bites. Traditional dumplings vary in filling from pork to a medley of vegetables and are typically served with an umami- or sweet-tasting sauce.

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HISTORY

No one knows quite when dumplings were invented, but historians agree that the different types of dumplings that pop up in different cultures (i.e. pierogi, ravioli, jiaozi) were all created simultaneously rather than stemming from a single invention. Currently, one of the most accepted theories is that dumplings were created by a Chinese physician named Zhang Zhongjing during the Eastern Han Dynasty (25–220 AD). The legend says that Zhang Zhongjing combined mutton, herbs, and chilis in dough to help the Chinese people stay warm and avoid frostbite through the winter.

With the help of nomadic Turkic people, dumplings quickly spread throughout Central Asia and western China. Wheat was hard to grow outside of northern China, so the dumpling wrappers were made from rice, tapioca or sweet potatoes. Today, dumplings can be found in restaurants throughout China and in Chinese restaurants abroad. Homemade dumplings are particularly popular during the Lunar New Year when dumplings and the filling take on special significance.

Since it is possible to forage or hunt the ingredients, many scholars believe that dumplings have been around since prehistoric times and that by studying the history of dumplings we can learn the history of humanity.

Our favorite tradition?

It is said that the more dumplings you eat during Lunar New Year celebrations, the more money you will make in the New Year.

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