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Author: Chef Works Australia
Although breakfast is often said to be the most important meal of the day, dinner is often the largest and most formal. But what we think of as dinner hasn’t always been the case.
In fact, the midday meal, not the evening meal, was historically the largest meal of the day in many countries, and this tradition continues in some places around the world today.
In all, dinner is a fascinating cultural experience, which is why we’ve put together a detailed infographic describing the many different ways of doing dinner – and just what dinner is.
Although dinner is often considered a relatively formal event, in the US it’s not uncommon to spot someone eating their dinner in the car. In fact, you might be surprised to hear that a fifth of all meals in America are eaten in the car and that less than half of American families eat together every day.
You might also be surprised to hear that in many countries dinner is often served at a time that many western countries are getting ready for supper – or even for bed. In France, dinner is served as late as 10pm, and with as many of 7 courses, it can continue for hours.
Dinner is served relatively late in Nepal as well, and often consists of rice and curry. Food is typically eaten with the hands while being seated on the floor. Dining on the floor is common in Vietnam as well, with noodle soups such as Pho and stir-fry dishes usually on the menu.
In Spain, the “dinner” of the day is actually served at lunch time, with only light snacking or supper occurring in the evening. The same is true of Nigeria, where the main meal, often consisting of meat skewers cooked on an open fire, is served up at 11am.
In Greece, dinner is as much about the social side of things as it is about the food, and large portions of communal food, such as the popular eggplant dish Moussaka, are shared with friends and family.
Intrigued? Check out the infographic below and learn more about the dinner customs of the world and how they compare with yours.