Research has shown that colour is one of the most effective sensory cues when it comes to imagining the flavour of food, inspiring Pyszne.pl to uncover the colour palette of each country’s typical lunchtime meal.
By scraping a reputable restaurant review site to find the most dominant lunchtime dishes for each country, Pyszne.pl then analysed the colour hues of each of the most popular dishes, and now can reveal all.
Spain’s colour palette consists of oranges and browns, thanks to their popular lunchtime dishes cocido and escalivada. Cocido is a chickpea-based stew made with a variety of meats like chicken, chorizo and pork belly, whereas escalivada is one for the vegetarians, consisting of roasted vegetables and garlic.
Hungary’s colour palette consists of greens and browns, due to the most popular lunchtime meal of gulyás. The traditional Hungarian soup is a symbol of the country, made up of meat and vegetables and often sprinkled with coriander to produce the green hues.
Hungarian cuisine is based on meat, seasonal vegetables, fruit and fresh bread. The basic seasoning is red sweet pepper. Everyone has heard of the famous Hungarian goulash, fish soup and Dobos cake. It is a homely cuisine, but very aromatic, based on one-pot dishes that are distinguished by unusual aromas.
Aromatic Hungarian dishes in various versions also appear in other countries of Central and Eastern Europe. It is enough to mention only the goulash, the famous bogrács or the lecsó, although it is worth noting that the varieties of these dishes often differ significantly from the Hungarian originals. Many dishes in Hungarian cuisine are shepherd’s dishes, which then made a huge career not only among the Magyars.
With dishes of baguettes and tartiflette, France’s colour palette consists of neutral browns and beiges. While baguettes can house a range of ingredients and hence colours, tartiflette is an iconic French Alps dish made with potatoes, cheese, lardons and onions, paving the way for the neutral colours.
Over in the United Kingdom, kebabs and fish and chips pave the way for colours such as red, green and white. Kebabs are often accompanied by salads packed full of tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce, as well as seasoned meat. Fish and chips is England’s most iconic meal and a seaside staple, especially when paired with mushy peas.
One of the United States’ iconic dishes, stuffed pizza from Chicago, lends itself to the golden-brown colour palette of the country. Uramaki, the sushi roll with rice coated on the outside prevalent in Los Angeles, also contributes to the green hues.
In Indonesia, Bakso is the most popular lunchtime meal. Contributing to Indonesia’s heavily green and brown toned palette, this meal is a surefire way to warm your stomach due to the herbs, spices, vegetables and poultry included.