World cuisine – Saudi and Dutch cuisine

Everybody knows that traditions are very different from country to country and when you travel abroad, either for holidays or to learn English in Oxford, it can be tricky not to make a social faux-pas.

Luckily, our Intermediate students are here to save the day! Last week, they talked about world cuisine, especially their country’s traditional food, as well as table manners. Here you have a couple of examples: Mohammed, from Saudi Arabia; and Vins, from the Netherlands.

Saudi cuisine, by Mohammed

Basic ingredients:

Rice and lamb or chicken or camel meet are the most important in the Saudi diet. They tend to eat it every day. Also, they sometimes eat fish with rice. And there many Saudi foods and it varies from place to place like the people who they are living in the north they are different from the people living in the south. And also the east from the west.

Typical dishes:

There are also many dishes with or without rice and meat. We also cook rice and meat in different ways and also different tasty. Like we have dishes and it is the best for me it is called mandi I don’t know how to cook it but I love it. And also we have hanneth we but he non-cooked rice with water and spices in a saucepan on the bottom and the meet at the top and after that, we bury it underground with the burning wood for maybe 3 hours and it will steam it. And after that, we take it out and it now ready for eating. And also we have saleeq , gareesh , marqoq, sweeq, and mtaziz.

One of Mohammed’s favourite dishes, mandi
Daily eating:

People in Saudi Arabia tend to eat some sandwiches or toast with eggs and some cheese with the milk or tea it depends. And about the lunch, in general, they are eating rice with meat or idam. And about the dinner, it depends on what they chose.

Table manners:

It is important to eat the whole family together. And when you want to eat you have to wash your hand before. Also, take the plate. And take the food that enough for you by the spoon. Also, you have to say ‘’by the name of Allah’’ before you are eating. And you have to eat slowly and silently. And you can choose between eating with their hand or by the spoon. After you finish eating you have to say ‘’ we are thankful to Allah for this food ‘’.

Dutch cuisine, by Vins

Basic ingredients

Potatoes are a staple for Dutch dinner. Dutch people combine potatoes with broccoli, cauliflower, spinach and so much more. Dutch people use pepper and salt in our food.

Typical dishes

The typical Dutch food is called stampot. In general, Dutch people eat potatoes, kale, and meat. The meat is like smoked sausage, in the form of a half moon. We also tend to eat it with sauce. We bake the smoked sausage in it and pour it over the potatoes and kale. We mash the potatoes and kale together. Usually, we just drink water when we have dinner.

Daily eating

People in the Netherlands normally eat 3 times a day. We have breakfast in the morning usually at 8. Lunch we have around 12. We have breakfast around 18on clock. A typical Dutch breakfast is a glass of milk with spelt bread. On the bread, we put things like cheese, chocolate, and pindakaas. Also, we eat beschuit. Beschuit is a bit like a cracker and it’s a light product and you can put the same things for breakfast and if you put butter on it you can eat it with hagelslag. Hagelslag are mini chocolate pieces. For lunch, we eat like the same as in the morning, spelt bread with cheese for example. We have dinner quite early around 6 pm. Dinner is the main meal of the day. During the day we also have little breaks and just eat a little snack.

Vins is in love with these beschuits!
Table manners

Some people start with praying and other people just start eating. As a rule, we eat with cutlery. We tend to eat everything we have on our plate. During the dinner we talk about the day and if we have any plans for the coming days. In general, we eat in the living room. Most of the time we eat separately because we have activities in the evening like sport. After dinner, you will take your own stuff to the kitchen, after you did that we finish dinner.