Just like the countries and cultures of our world are all different from one another, so are the eating habits. Even if globalization has long brought sushi to Germany and Sausages to Thailand, the vast differences already become apparent at breakfast: While some enjoy hearty sausages, fried eggs and pancakes as their first meal, others prefer a small sweet pastry and some skip breakfast all together.
Because we are so fascinated by food, we’ve decided to take you on a little culinary trip around the world.
Who eats what, where and when?
Here in Europe, there are vast differences in eating habits between the different countries. While northern Europeans tend to prefer hearty dishes, and already eat meats, cheeses, eggs, sausages and bread even for breakfast, the more southern citizens opt for a small sweet pastry instead. Countries such as Italy and Spain often skip the first meal entirely and eat at a later time.
One notably European tradition is “Tea time” or in German “Kaffeekränzchen”, which consists of coffee, tea, cake and pastries in the afternoon.
In America the eating habits also vary greatly depending on the country your in. In the states, the day starts with quite a big breakfast already. Pancakes, cereals, donuts, bacon and eggs and hash browns are typical US breakfast essentials. But that’s not the only voluptuous meal of the day. Dinner often comes as a burger and fries or maybe a typical American BBQ with steak and ribs. One notably American habit is cutting up your food in small pieces upfront and then eating your entire dinner with just a fork.
South Americans typically prefer their meals a little healthier. Beans, fresh veggies, rice and a lot of chilies but also fish and beef are part of the daily menu.
The eating habits “Down-under” are strongly influenced by the English. “Tea time” has long also become an Australian tradition. Other than that the Australian kitchen consists of a lot of meat. Beef, lamb and chicken but also more exotic meats such as kangaroo, emu, crocodile or buffalo are typical Australian dishes. One of the most famous Australian foodstuffs is the popular bread spread “Vegemite” which consists of yeast.
The African kitchen is also very versatile. East Africans like to eat absolutely every thing with the popular flatbread “Injera” and round off almost every dish with plant seeds and roots such as “Maniok”. North Africans prefer their meals hearty and spicy. Other than Couscous, they like to eat a lot of beef, poultry and lamb. West Africans prefer fish and complement most meals with plantains or yams.
Because rice cultivation is such a big part of the Asian culture, you will find rice in almost every dish. Even for breakfast it is not unusual to receive a bowl of sticky rice. The Asian kitchen is often well seasoned. Chili, ginger, tamarind and fish sauce are standard cooking essentials. The Asian kitchen is considered one of the healthiest kitchens in the world, due to the amount of fish and vegetables. One notable eating habit in Asia is that since most dishes are prepared cut small, knives are not usually used. It’s either chopsticks, forks or spoons.
Our chef, Florian Glauert is a huge fan of the traditional German kitchen, but loves to gather inspiration from different cultures. The DUKE menu offers a variety of dishes inspired by the world – here you can enjoy dishes with English, Italian, French, American and Asian influences. We are looking forward to welcome you!