Vancouver is a city that welcomes foreigners with open arms. Multiculturalism is “the spirit of the city” and has given Vancouver a distinct personality. This diversity has reached individuals that live in town and visitors in many ways, but food is something I’d like to tackle in this post.
People have moved to the city from all parts of the globe. Each culture has brought their own traditions and of course, eating habits. Food has the power to approximate people independent of their beliefs many times. Communities have been settled all over the place from the five continents. This immigration has enriched Vancouver with small markets, restaurants and coffee shops that have been established in the area.
The art of international cuisine that attracts people in a gastronomic way has also lured those that are curious about nutrition and healthy eating.
India and China have long been known for its wise tradition of medicinal healing, which includes health eating habits. For instance, in Indian preparations, herbs such as turmeric is added to many dishes and has a potent anti-inflammatory effect. Fennel seed is usually chewed at the end of a meal to offer digestive support.
It’s indescribable the way food leads you to a state of appreciation, satiety and calmness in Indian cuisine.
Middle Eastern foods are loaded with spices, adding lots of flavour to a dish, besides its unique aroma. In addition to that, vegetables are prepared and seasoned in a way that even those that are not veggie lovers would devour it.
Japan and Korea, among others have contributed with Kimchi, a spiced pickled conserve that resembles sauerkraut from Germany, both rich in probiotics. Besides offering benefits to your digestive health, Kimchi has a tangy flavour, adding to your sandwiches, wraps and salads an extra exotic flavour. In addition to macrobiotic foods, East Asia has introduced to us a fermented soy food, natto. Considered a “superfood”, fermented soy natto has a potent fibrinolytic action, which helps to prevent blood clotting and high blood pressure. In addition, it’s fascinating to browse around Asian markets in the city and appreciate the different types of mushrooms, which have incredible immune-modulating properties.
Last but not least, the habit of drinking herbal tea is another preciosity that these cultures have reminded us of its value and nutritional benefits. For instance, green tea is rich in polyphenols, a peculiar group of antioxidants that combats cellular oxidation. This anti-oxidative effect helps us to prevent many diseases and increase metabolic rate. Other than green tea, there are still a variety of herbal teas that have amazing health benefits.
Vancouver is similar to a garden with flowers of different species and aroma. Multiculturalism has brought together the elements of different cultures that have aggregated a unique value to the city. When it comes to food, international cooking has enriched individual’s plate with a distinct flavour and milenar secrets of preventative medicine.
Indian Restaurants that I recommend: Dosa Corner (authentic humble South Indian Cuisine) 8248 Fraser Street, BC
East is East: 4433 Main Street, BC