Living in London I am surrounded by many cultures bringing their cuisines to the capital and sharing them with others. Being British and having a Jamaican background, there is a variety of food I can recommend. Also being a lover of Japanese and Korean food, I can offer a few suggestions to try. I want to present three dishes from each culture: Meat, Seafood and Vegetarian.
Shepherd’s Pie (Meat):
Growing up, Shepherd’s Pie or Cottage Pie has been one of my favourite dishes. It’s a pretty classic British dish and very tasty as well. It’s best to put beef or lamb mince into it if you make Shepherd’s Pie.
Fish & Chips (Seafood):
Fish & Chips is a common takeaway dish to eat in Britain. Usually people expect to have it by the seaside but since not all of us live near the sea, there are plenty of fish and chip shops to make up for it around the UK.
Macaroni Cheese (Veggie):
I couldn’t really think of much vegetable dishes but if people who are vegetarian do not mind cow’s cheese (or if they do, they can get Macaroni Cheese without it), they should try this dish. It’s creamy and delicious.
Jerk Chicken & Rice (Meat):
This is a popular dish among not only Jamaican but Caribbean people. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like Jerk Chicken & Rice (or rice and peas if you prefer with it) because it’s so delicious.
Ackee & Saltfish (Seafood):
This is Jamaica’s signature dish which I found shocking the first time I heard. Ackee & Saltfish is creamy in texture, delicate like eggs and has a finishing taste that is slightly bitter.
Callaloo Soup (Veggie):
It is hardly a dish to be honest and I’ve only had callalloo as a side vegetable dish but I would try it if I was you. Honestly though there aren’t many Jamaican vegetable dishes because most people eat meat and fish.
Katsu curry (Meat):
Katsu curry is one of my most recommended dishes. The cutlets - whether it’s pork or chicken – are usually cut up so well but it’s the sauce that makes up the dish and brings the rice and cutlets together.
Sushi is the most common seafood cuisine but I would rather recommend Takoyaki because it’s quite distinct in taste. I would have never thought it was octopus because the sauce (which is apparently similar to Worcestershire sauce and mayonnaise) is really tasty.
The thing about tempura is that it can be seafood or vegetables that have been battered and deep fried. What I like about tempura is that it is possible to have in noodles and soup dishes.
Everyone loves Bulgogi because it’s just tender, juicy and marinated meat which is absolutely delicious. You can have it in a dish with rice, in Mcdonalds as a bulgogi burger or served with lettuce and a dab of ssamjang. I’d recommend having beef bulgogi!
The seafood is mostly the fishcake in the dish but since I’m not aware of much seafood in Korea, I thought I would recommend my favourite Korean dish. There is nothing more addicting than a dish like Ddukbokki!
There are many Korean pancakes that would be suited for vegetarians. To be honest, there aren’t many vegetarian dishes that I have found because I’ve come to realise that a majority of Korean dishes are spicy and meaty.
So there you have it! Some recommendations on food from four different cultures, I hope when you have the time you will try some of the dishes. What would you recommend?