So do you and your family celebrate Thanksgiving a little differently?
When I was a kid, my mom would lay out Korean steamed rice and pickled banchan (seasoned side dishes, generally vegetables) out with the Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing. Eventually my family and I moved on to a standing rib roast rather than a bird, but we still busted out the kimchi. After a while, it really didn’t seem like Thanksgiving without banchan.
Apparently my family and I aren’t the only Koreans who celebrated Thanksgiving this way. We would be invited to other Korean households on Thanksgiving from time to time, and their food spread was as bi-cultural as ours.
But it doesn’t stop there. My friend Jennifer Zyman aka The Blissful Glutton recently told me that in a nod to her Mexican heritage, tortillas and mole sauce have made appearances at her family’s table. And two Thanksgivings ago, I went to an Indian-American gathering where a deep-fried Popeye’s turkey shared the table with bhindi (okra) masala and basmati rice.
So what are some of your family’s Thanksgiving dining traditions that encompass your heritage? Or have you attended one of these multi-cultural feasts and had a good experience? Bad experience?
– by Gene Lee, Food and More blog
– Gene Lee writes about International Cuisine for the AJC Dining Team. He also publishes his own blog, Eat, Drink, Man… A Food Journal.