As a Dutchie, I always feel as if the Dutch don’t have a very strong food culture. By that I mean that we lack those rituals, entrenched in our daily lives to such an extent that they shape our routines. Food is fuel.
Of course, the Dutch do have their ways around food, when you really look into the subject matter. But it doesn’t measure up to the art of dedication the Japanese put in their food, and their subsequent almost spiritual consumption. If you haven’t heard of it yet, Tampopo (which literally translates as ‘dandelion’) is a stunning and sometimes (to me) incomprehensible movie about food.
Actually, it is about noodles. Although this might not immediately raise your curiosity, to me it served as an introduction to a totally different take on food.
Watch this scene and you’ll never mindlessly slurp your noodles again.