Romanian food is a very interesting collection of cuisine. Pay attention to what I just said. I said it’s a collection of cuisines. Why is that? Well, when you look at Italy, usually you think that Italian food is all about pizza and pasta.
What if I told you that those quintessentially Italian dishes came from somewhere else and went through several hundred years of evolution? You probably would look at me like I sprouted some antenna and I have a third eye. You might be looking at me as some crazy person from Mars.
Well, I’m telling the truth. For the longest time, there was a bit of a tug of war between Italians and Chinese regarding who invented noodles. Many Italians were so confident in thinking that noodles actually developed in Italy and moved to the East. In other words, it was the Chinese who kind of borrowed the idea of noodles.
Well, this crazy idea, and believe me it struck many people as crazy already considering how old and ancient the Chinese civilization is, finally died once and for all thanks to an archaeological find. This archeological find in Eastern China revealed millet. This is a form of grain, which is now really big in Europe, converted into noodles and it was fossilized.
In other words, this ancient noodles from China made from millet grain has been around for over two thousand years. That’s how far back Chinese noodle-making ticket technology goes. That quickly put to bed any wild and crazy idea that noodle technology actually started in Italy and moved its way to the East.
The same applies to pizza. You might be thinking that pizza is quintessentially Italian. It isn’t. The world “pizza” actually comes from “pita.” If you’re aware of pita, then you know that pita bread is the kind of bread that you put hummus and other Middle Eastern spreads on. That’s due to the fact that the predecessor of the pizza actually came from Northern Africa. It’s actually a pita bread that Italians basically baked flat and put cheese on top of.
I raise these points because food traditions almost always come from somewhere else, and Romanian food really is the intersection of many different food cultures. It is plurality. It is one of the naturally innovative fusion cuisines of Europe. You can see influences from Turkey. You can see influences from Greece. You can see influences from Latin part of Western Europe.
So, there is a lot to work with. This is definitely a rich vein of culinary ideas that you can tap again and again for some awesome food. The next time you have friends over and you’re thinking of serving something that’s out of the ordinary, you might want to check out Meniu Nunta for the latest and greatest Romanian recipes and food ideas. It is sure to knock your friends’ socks off.