Apr 18, 2010, 12:13 PM
Post #24 of 46
I am reluctant to refer to any food as "fusion" that has already stood the test of time, as it has then become its own genre and no longer a fusion. I'll reserve that label for foods that are crossing and fusing new boundaries.
It probably could be correctly stated that all of today's foods are a type of fusion. I doubt there are many, if any, foods from 500 years ago that have not now undergone some changes due to the way foods are stored, gathered, grown, prepared, seasoned, spiced, even evolved through selective breeding, cross-breeding, fertilization, and cultivation techniques.
Fusion foods for me are those still somewhat in the experimental stage and the critics are still debating its merits. Once a food has been widely accepted and sold on the street corners of larger cities for any time I don't fully believe it merits that distinction any longer, however accurate it may actually be.
I'm glad you lightened your stance on the merits of cantonese cuisine. Myself, I know no traditional, authentic, Cantonese dishes, or of any other regional label for that matter. I will claim that I do asian-style cooking prepared for my own North American palate, and for lack of imagination might label a particular dish as Chop Suey. A problem with preparing asian-style foods, particulary for a buffet spread, is that the ingredients lose their individuality and blend into a mush lacking distinction or proper melding of flavor. However, with attention to preparation and presentation I believe anyone with reasonble culinary skill could make any of it a pleasantly memorable meal.
I stated in so many words earlier in this thread that those foods that have assumed a place in our popular culture are those of relative simplicity. They originated with an enticing balance of flavors and texture, regardless how their current presentation may have deteriorated. I know you are one who can appreciate a good hamburger but I doubt you typically prefer them with all of avacado, pineapple, lettuce, tomato, onion, ham, bacon, american cheese, white cheese, potatoes, mayo, ketchup, mustard, sour cream, worscestershire sauce, and roasted serrano peppers. At least not all together at once.