Whether you are gathering to celebrate or just take a lunch break, food connects people. The food we eat tells a story about our culture, our environment, and our lives. Food is home, and by sharing their favorite foods, students can learn a lot about cultures around the world.
This week, we celebrate Anisha from Thailand, Alondra from the United States, Ellenor from the United Kingdom, and Aqilah from Malaysia who recently completed A World of Food. Our PenPals of the Week shared the foods that make their community home.
In A World of Food, students not only share their favorite foods, they also create a food diary to learn more about the types of food they eat throughout their day. PenPals are even sharing recipes and experiencing culinary traditions from around the world.
Through the reading, video, and conversations with PenPals, Ellenor explored different foods around the world.
“Our community food is similar to other countries. Scotland's popular food is haggis Neeps and tatties which we celebrate on Robert Burns day. My favourite food is Chicken Nuggets because I love how it is crunchy on the outside. When I watched the video it inspired me to eat more vegetables and try more things I haven't tried. Know I’ve watched the video again and again I now know where some foods are made. There is a few kind of food I don't like for example sushi, I don't like sushi because I don't like sea food that much, my second dislike food is some of the flavour in the pie especially apple, I don't like apple pie because the apple inside is to big and they need to cut it more smaller. I love some of the spices from India because I love to taste other spices and I love spiciness.”
Aqilah shared her favorite dessert.
“Today, I want to share about pulut inti. Pulut Inti is a traditional Malaysian dessert of steamed glutinous rice with a sweet coconut topping. They are usually wrapped in banana leaf. Inside the small pyramid shaped package is a mound of steamed glutinous rice topped with sweet coconut. It is hard to determine the origin of this dessert. This is my childhood favourite dessert stands back when I was a kid. Pulut Inti is usually eaten at room temperature but it is also delicious served slightly warm. Hope you like it!”
Alondra and Aqilah told their PenPals about food that is popular in their countries.
“My community is Mexico but I live in the United States. Mexico has many great foods such as vegetables, and a lot of fruits to make juice . In Mexico a lot of popular foods are rice, beans , tamales and a lot more. Also, fruits are used to make drinks like tamarind juice and mango juice . Some people are used to eating spicy stuff because in my community we eat a lot of hot stuff which gives our food better taste. During the summer or spring fruits start growing from trees and people go out and get them to eat. Even if you,re not close to a tree that has fruits you can smell the fresh fruit from where you are .Have you ever wanted to try something from my community? I want to learn about your community?”
Anisha compared foods in different countries.
“I live in Thailand and they have many different foods similar and different to other countries around the world. In Thailand, they have many different types of food using coconut. I come from Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan food can be very similar to foods in Thailand. In Sri Lanka, one of the most famous food is 'Kiribath' which in english means 'coconut rice'. Thailand has food including coconut like, sticky rice with mango and coconut milk, coconut soup and more.
Anisha told us that she "likes connecting with other people around the world and finding out what they're interested in and what their thoughts are. Food is such a famous aspect of the two countries I've lived in, Thailand and Sri Lanka." These PenPals did a great job of describing the food in their home country while learning more about foods from their PenPals’ countries.
Food brings people together, and in A World of Food students explore the recipes, foods, and culinary traditions that make communities special. Want to explore the flavors of the world? Invite your students to join the conversation and enroll in A World of Food today!