Small Bite Meals From Around The World

Small Bite Meals From Around The World

Kathryn Hill
Sep 3, 2009
I just love eating a meal with friends that is a collection of small dishes making up one big entree. Whether it's washing down izakaya with a cold Asahi, nibbling on tapas with some sangria, or enjoying a morning of dim sum and hot tea, I find them all very satisfying. I started thinking about how various cultures in the world have their own way of combining small bites into a meal, so I made up a comprehensive list. Let me know if I missed any! Asia: China: dim sum - light dishes served with tea Japan: izakaya - cooked bar snacks, like tapas, served in an izakaya bar with beer and sochu Korea: banchan - small dishes of food served with cooked rice The Philippines: pika-pika and pulutan - little bites of meats and seafood eaten with alcoholic beverages North America: Hawaii: pu-pu platter - A variety of hot bites served alongside a small flame for further cooking, and a tropical drink accompaniment South America: Argentina: minutas and picadas - small bites served with wine, very much like the tapas of Spain Europe: France: hors d'œuvres Spain: tapas - hot and cold appetizer dishes Greece: pikilia - a collection of small dishes and dips served with pita bread and ouzo Russia: zakuski - a variety of small appetizers served with vodka Italy: antipasti - a variety of items on one plate, either served as a starter before a main course, or is the main course itself Venice, Italy: ciccetti - small appetizers served with white wine The Netherlands: voorgerechten - hors d'œuvres-type plates Germany: vorspeisen - hors d'œuvres-type plates Scandinavia: smörgåsbord - a collection of hot and cold plates served with slices of dark bread and drunk with aqavit The Middle East and North Africa: Middle East/Arabic countries: meze - a collection of finger foods served hot or cold, with an anise-based liquor like arak, or wine Morocco: kemia - small finger foods (Images: Demetris Taverna, Create A Cook, La Tombola, Vera Brosgol, Flickr user dane brian, and Flickr user loveu2 - thanks!)
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