American cuisine reflects the diversity of an immigrant nation, drawing on food traditions from around the world and amalgamating them into something new, exciting and innovative. Here’s a quick look at just some of the cuisine from the different regions of the USA.
Did someone say Korean Tacos? The most populous US state with 40 million residents, California is known for its innovative fusion of Mexican, Asian, Italian and French flavours, using the abundance of fresh ingredients grown in the state.
Popular Dishes: Tempura Fish Tacos, Kimchi Quesadillas, California Sushi Rolls.
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The American Southwest, which includes states like Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, has its own rich culinary traditions that derive from Spanish, Mexican, Native American and Cowboy/Rancher backgrounds. This is a land of big, bold flavours and even bigger portions. The Southwest is known for tex-mex, Texas BBQ and red chilli sauce.
Popular Dishes: BBQ Beef Brisket, Steak Fajitas, Chimichangas.
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The Deep South generally refers to the belt of states starting from South Carolina in the east to Louisiana in the west. The cuisine of this area is very localised, from strong French inspired Cajun/Creole traditions in Louisiana to heavily African American ‘Soul Food’ influences in South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi.
Popular dishes: Po’ Boy Sandwich, Fried Chicken, Black Eyed Peas, Jambalaya.
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No discussion of American food can be complete without New York. New York represents the ultimate American experience. Waves of diverse, dense immigration are the fuel for new ideas formed from the natural exchange of ideas. Often the rest of the Northeast is forgotten in the intense glare of NYC, but their influence has been notable - from the lobster rolls of Maine to the working class favourites of Philadelphia.
Popular dishes: Philly Cheesesteak, Corned Beef, Pastrami Sandwiches, Pizza.
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