227/365 – Meditation Games #227 – Comfort Foodie

Developer: Happy Snake

Launcher Quote: “I got:

-1 onigiri

-1 milk tea

-1 melonpan

it was the best day

food is the best.”

On a certain level, I get a bit amused at the term “comfort food”, because while it’s nice to have a fancy term to refer to it, I really feel like it just refers to food that we just like a lot, and tend to go back multiple times for. While the idea of comfort food seems to imply a food that you’re have a certain degree of Nirvana-like familiarity and emotion with, I also think that it’s a lot simpler than that on a variety of levels, mostly surrounding the fact that food that we like makes us more than comfortable – it also makes us content both physically and mentally.

The developer in question seems to attribute some of their comfort foodie-ism to things you’d find in more Eastern or Japanese cultures, though I’ve been known to hear of Melonpan or tea in places like Latin America, too. I can identify with this mostly because of the fact that  my younger days and my experimentation of trying Japanese culture as an extension of my anime and manga appreciation inevitably led me to sushi, onigiri, yakisoba, and so many other dishes that I still enjoy today. For me, I think it was more than just different food, but more along the lines of feeling content in experiencing and immersing myself in the cuisine of a place that wasn’t my own. Texture, flavor, tendencies towards things mixed together that I wouldn’t normally expect – all of these came together to create an experience that was as much mental as it was physical.

This sort of conscious choice to appreciate the food of a culture you’re not familiar with as a whole (or even for a culture you are familiar with/raised in) is at the core of where the comfort in comfort food comes from. It’s important, when this happens, to exude the kind of respect the food deserves, to adapt to how people order, consume, and appreciate it as it is. Most of the time, this isn’t an issue, but at times, it’s important to remember that we shouldn’t put our ham-fisted native culture into appreciating another culture’s food and enjoy it for what it is, and where it’s from.

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