Every Thanksgiving, I sit at the family table – which has included such fare as chapchae, steamed rice, and Peking duck – and imagine all the other melting-pot meals taking place across the country. Thanksgiving is the quintessential American holiday, and what better time to celebrate the diversity of our cuisines? For some families, no holiday table would be complete without lumpia, kugel, or fattoush alongside the turkey and mashed potatoes. Others experiment with fusion fare – chorizo in the stuffing, hoisin sauce in the cranberries. Sometimes these multicultural touches are necessary to appease the older generations (grandpa can't imagine a meal without kimchee); other times it's the happy result of welcoming new family members and friends from different backgrounds. I just love hearing about how each cook and family makes Thanksgiving their own, and at the same time wholly American.
What ethnic-inspired dishes do you enjoy at Thanksgiving?
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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