Argentina: Meat v's Sushi ...... ?

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Argentina: Meat v's Sushi

It is worldly known that Argentineans are crazy for meat, this is our main protein provider, we eat it in all sort of ways, thought we always prefer a good asado. The asado is the local barbecue. This Argentinean version is very different from the American kind. First of all, there’s no fire, but very hot cols spread underneath a grill on top of which very good quality meat is set, with no other dressing than salt and a bit of pepper. A slow and gentle roast with cols and sometimes special wood sticks would turn your steak into a God’s pleasure dish. This eating tradition can be traced down our history up till the colonial times, were the Gauchos, rode their horses throughout the beautiful southern pampas, and whenever they were hungry they got hold of a naturally breaded cow or sheep. Throughout times this culinary tradition has been sophisticated and improved thanks to the dedication of our dear asadores and cooks, and our most recognized chefs such as the recently deceased Gato Dumas.

In our culinary history no one would have ever thought that such a foreign eating habit as the raw fish technique of sushi could ever be embraced with such passion and pleasure by the Argentinean public. But it has.
Argentinean, and specially Porteños, have gone sushi crazy. These are one of the world’s most advocated fans to the oriental tradition. During the last few years, sushi restaurants have proliferated throughout the city of Buenos Aires.

To my humble opinion, this rapid love story between the once meat eaters and sushi has its origin in a shared passion for care and delicacy with which food is prepared, the ceremonial mis-en-place and careful preparation of the dish. Both asadores and sushi men are experienced cooks, not just anyone is qualify to come up with a delightful result after a few hours in the kitchen.

The key to understanding the Argentinean eating habits lays on the fact that we take great pleasure in good eating and have a unique palate. We once embraced the Italian and Spanish culinary experiences at the beginning of the 1900 when a great flow of immigrants taught us about the virtues of grains and flours. Some time after, we bonded with the French styled cuisine and we’re now embracing the delicacy of natural ingredients to their highest expression.

The love story has begun early in the 90s and it looks like it’s goanna last.

I wonder what others experienced?

Bob Frassinetti, always travelling Argentina, Chile or Uruguay ....

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 4, 2008, at 12:40 PM by artdealer ]