International Cuisine

Courtney Thibeau
05/02/2014

Japan

Geography and Climate - Since Japan is an island, a lot of the recipes feature seafood. Since it's also mountainous, it is very hard to farm. Only about 20 % of Japan is good for farming. The climate in Japan is different, depending on where you are. For intense, in Northern Japan, the summers are warm and the winters are long and cold with heavy snow. Central Japan has hot, humid summers and short winters, and southwestern Japan has long, hot, humid summers and mild winters.

Economy - The economy in Japan is very wealthy, so its not very hard for them to get imported foods.

Technology - Japan is a very high tech country, with all their bullet trains and robots.

Food preparation - One method Japan uses to roll sushi is a bamboo rolling mat. Simply place the seaweed sheet and rice on the mat and rolling sushi is that much easier.

Food preservation - Japanese love pickled everything, but there are more than one way that they do this. One way is placing the item in salt, or lightly salting them, depending on the dish they are going into. Another way is putting them into rice bran, salt and konbu. There are may different ways, including the only one the I know, placing the vegetable in vinegar.

History - Japanese cuisine was influenced by both China and Korea and has developed within the last 2,000 years. Rice was introduced by Korea around 400 B.C. and within the next hundred years rice became one of Japan's main dish for the cuisine. Rice also became the use of making paper, fuel, wine and building materials. Soy beans and wheat were introduced to Japan sometime after and the two ingredients are now a vital parts of Japanese cooking.

Thailand

Geography and Climate - The Northeast, with its poor soils, is not favoured agriculturally. However, sticky rice, the staple food of the region, which requires flooded, poorly drained paddy fields, thrives and where fields can be flooded from nearby streams, rivers and ponds, often two harvests are possible each year. Cash crops such as sugar cane and manioc are cultivated on a vast scale, and to a lesser extent, rubber. Fruit is a major component of agriculture in EasternThialand. Most of Thailand has a "tropical wet and dry or savanna climate" type while the South and the eastern tip of the East have a tropical monsoon climate (Am); countrywide, temperatures normally range from an average annual high of 38 °C (100.4 °F) to a low of 19 °C (66.2 °F)

Economy - Thailand is a newly industrialized country. Thailand is the second-largest economy in Southeast Asia, after Indonesia. Tourism contributes significantly to the Thai economy, and the industry has benefited from the baht's depreciation and Thailand's stability.

Transportation - Transport in Thailand is varied and chaotic, with no one dominant means of transport. Bus transport dominates in long distances and Bangkok, with motorbikes dominating in rural areas for short trips, supplanting bicycles. Road transportation is the primary form of freight transport across the country. Slow rail travel has long been a rural long distance transport mechanism, though plans are underway to expand services with high speed rail lines extending to several major regions of Thailand.

Food Preparation - When frying everything together, keep all the ingredients that you need close because if you forget them, you won't have time to grab them after.

History - Thai people who originally lived in southwestern China, migrated into mainland Southeast Asia over a period of many centuries.

Religion - Religion in Thailand is varied. There is no official state religion in the Thai constitution, which guarantees religious freedom for all Thai citizens, though the king is required by law to be Theravada Buddhist. According to the latest (year 2000) official religious demographics figures, 94.6% of Thais are Buddhists of the Theravada tradition

Taboos - There are many taboos and superstitions in Thailand, some interesting ones are; You shouldn't make remarks that someone's baby is cute, You shouldn't sweep your house at night, and they also believe that if you have a dream of a snake or see one you'll meet your soul mate.

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