Another food history video from Mental Floss; this time featuring Phở . I love Phở as pure comfort food, though probably preferring Laksa as a meal. It depends on mood. (These are completely appropriate thoughts to be posting on Australia Day, though I have already had a BBQ lunch with friends)
This video from Mental Floss is about the relatively recent origin of Pad Thai. Rather than being an ancient traditional dish, it was part of a quite contemporary expression of nationalism by the Thai government in the 20th century. mmm Pad Thai.
In Australia we call them ‘chips’. Mental Floss’ and accompanying article history French fries. Potato. Fat. Heat. Salt. Simple. Satisfying. I don’t know how they managed to overlook Australia’s contribution: Chicken Salt.
A recent side project has been perfecting nachos. Given the relatively recent creation of the dish it’s not really a matter of authenticity as much as trying to ensure a satisfying distribution of ingredients, balance of flavours and textures, and, of course, crunch. Mental Floss posted a video and accompanying article providing the history of …