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Traditional Foods and Customs

Online Textbook: Albala, K. (2011). Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia: Asia.

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Banh Xeo (Vietnam)

Cantonese Steamed Egg Custard

Cantonese Char Siu Bao (Roast Pork Buns)

Filipino Embutido

Filipino Coconut-Rice Cake

Filipino Rice Porridge with Chicken and Ginger (Arroz Caldo)

Goi Cuon (Vietnam)

Hijiki Salad (Japan)

Indonesian Gado Gado

Japanese Salmon and Black Sesame Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls)

Japanese Soba Noodles with Wasabi and Shiitake Mushrooms

Japanese Spinach and Tofu Salad with Peanut–Miso Dressing

Japanese Sweet Mochi With Red Bean Filling

Korean Mandoo (dumplings)

Laab Gai (Thailand/Laos)

Masaharu Morimoto’s Pork and Shrimp Shumai

Okonomiyaki (Japan)

Papaya salad (Thailand)

Pho (Vietnam)

Red Curry (Thailand)

Spinach-and-Pork Wontons

Thai Panang Curry

Thai – Authentic Pad Thai

Tom Kha Gai (Thailand)


Photograph of Katherine BurtKate Gardner Burt, PhD, RD is an assistant professor at Lehman College and a registered dietitian and culinary nutritionist. She teaches courses in community and public health nutrition and cultural food and sustainability. Dr. Burt’s research broadly aims to reduce racial and ethnic inequities in community food systems in the Bronx and NYC as a whole. She does this by exploring strategies to strengthen efforts to grow food locally and improve community cohesion and social connectedness to build a more just food system. She also aims to reduce inequities in food systems by increasing opportunities for low-income people of color to excel in dietetics and food-focused careers. She takes a mixed methods, community-based approach to research and currently works with several New York City based non-profit organizations. Dr. Burt received her BS in film and television from Boston University and her MS in exercise physiology and nutrition, RD and PhD in food and nutrition policy from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her first cookbook was published in 2015 by Sterling Publishers, a subsidiary of Barnes and Noble.