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Xmas dinner

Last week, your family and friends may have feasted on turkey and all the trimmings. It got me thinking as what special foods different countries consume on Christmas day. Do you know what they eat celebrating Christmas in Brazil or Italy?


Believe it or not

The Japanese eat KFC on Christmas eve. It began as a marketing campaign in the 1970s, as a focus on fried chicken as a Christmas meat. It worked so well that over 3.6m Japanese families indulge in KFC at Christmas. On Christmas Day, a Japanese Christmas cake is often served, made of a white sponge with cream and strawberries.

Around the world in 10 Christmas lunches

  1. Australia: based on our version, but because it falls in the summer, meats such as ham, turkey and chicken are often served cold. Barbecued seafoods like prawns have gained popularity. Dessert must include pavlova, trifle and fresh seasonal fruit.

  2. Brazil: includes ham, roast turkey and in some parts roast pork and fish. Accompanying the meat is kale highly seasoned with garlic, Brazil nuts, rice, fresh salad, potato salad and fruit. Dessert is lemon tart, chocolate cake or panettone.

  3. Canada: like the UK, they have the roast turkey with similar trimmings. Dessert usually consists of pumpkin or apple pie, Christmas pudding or fruitcake.

  4. France: a special meal, the le Réveillon de Noël, consist of expensive ingredients eaten on early Christmas morning. Starters often include snails, fresh oysters, or foie gras, followed by roasted poultry, and any other meat that is not commonly eaten.

  5. Germany: they like roast goose or roast carp. This is usually served with roast potatoes, red cabbage, kale and brussels sprouts.

  6. Italy: North and South both start with soup made with filled special pasta in a meat or capon broth. The second dish, in the north is any meat, stuffed and roasted. In the South, they may eat fried eel or roast lamb.

  7. Philippines: A cured pork served with a ball of edam cheese, accompanied by pasta.

  8. Poland: Start with a Christmas wafer, followed by 12 dishes including: carp; herring, fruit compote; vegetable salad; beetroot, mushroom or fish soup, boiled potatoes and sauerkraut. Desert is a poppy seed cake.

  9. Portugal: Dried and salted codfish served with boiled cabbage, potatoes and various other vegetables.

  10. USA: Roast turkey lunch is eaten for Thanksgiving, so popular meats include ham, beef and goose at Christmas.

After this indigestion, it’s time to rest until the next Christmas.

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Date: 30 December 2019 by Max Robinson