Damaris invites us to her flat in a converted synagogue in Hackney this Saturday, 19th May.
As this day has been decreed Food Revolution Day, we’ll be just one of many groups of people around the world coming together to enjoy good home-made food. We’re at longitude 140 – still in Far Eastern Russia, Indonesia, Japan and Australia – just past Adelaide and Tokyo, bang on Jayapura, and coming up to Sapporo, Guam and Melbourne.
Since we’ve been travelling through Russia, Indonesia and Australia for some weeks now, Damaris thought you might fancy a change and so is also offering you “latitude” this week to make “significant food” (which could be from any country in the world) – a dish that reminds you of your childhood, a special person or a special event in your life. RSVP asap to firstname.lastname@example.org with details of the dish you plan to bring.
Fast facts about this week’s cities and their cuisines:
Adelaide was founded by the British in 1836 and ranked as the most liveable city in Australia in 2011. German Lutherans arrived there in 1838 bringing with them vine cuttings that they used to found the acclaimed wineries of the Barossa Valley
Tokyo – capital city of Japan, the name actually means eastern capital – tō (east) + kyō (capital). It’s original name was Edo, which means “estuary”. Cuisine in Tokyo is internationally acclaimed. The 2007 Michelin guide awarded restaurants in Tokyo a total of 191 stars – much more than any other city and in fact twice as many as Tokyo’s nearest competitor, Paris
Jayapura is the capital of Papua province, Indonesia, on the island of New Guinea. The literal meaning of Jayapura, as of Jaipur in Rajasthan, India, is ‘City of Victory’ (Sanskrit jaya: “victory”; pura: “city”). The staple food here is not rice, but sago and its most famous traditional dish is Papeda – a glue-like (!) sago flour congee served with tuna flavoured with turmeric and lime
Sapporo hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics, the first ever held in Asia. It is the fourth-largest city in Japan by population, and the largest city on the island of Hokkaido. It is also home to the Sapporo Brewery – whose beer is stocked by Tesco – and famous white chocolate biscuits called shiroi koibito (白い恋人?, “lovers in white”) which apparently can only be bought in Hokkaido – but there’s a recipe and some pictures here
Guam is a tiny Micronesian island situated 3,800 miles west of Hawaii and 1,500 miles south of Japan. Its original inhabitants were the Chamarro people who came from the Malay Peninsula around 3000 BC, since when they have survived invasions by the Spanish, the Japanese and the Americans, and still comprise 43 per cent of the island’s population. Traditional dishes here are Chicken Estufao – pieces of chicken stewed with tomatoes and onions, served with mounds of rice and a cucumber salad, Morcizas – chicken neck stuffed with chicken meat, pepper leaves, onions and garlic, tied at both ends and stewed in broth, Kadon Octopus – octopus stewed in coconut milk with onions and sweet peppers, Eskabeche – fresh fish marinated in vinegar and soy sauce and Shrimp Kelaguen – minced shrimp mixed with lemon, onions, peppers and shredded coconut
Melbourne has the largest Jewish population in Australia, the world’s third largest Greek-speaking population after Athens and Thessaloniki (Melbourne’s Greek sister city), and the Vietnamese surname Nguyen is the second most common in Melbourne’s phone book. The city also features substantial Indian, Sri Lankan, and Malaysian-born communities, in addition to recent South African and Sudanese influxes. The cultural diversity is reflected in the city’s restaurants serving various international cuisines.
We enjoyed 360 degree views of the river and architecture of East London from the rooftop of Anthony’s place in Limehouse. Our main course feast included Indonesian Ginger Chicken, Korean Pajeon and Russian Cheesebread, dessert was Australian Pear Melba and we ended the evening with very special Chinese Puerh tea and South African Amarula liqueur.