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    • 13 years ago by Dina Indrasafitri
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      You can find bread almost everywhere in the world with many versions, and most are eaten as a staple food. In fact, it is probably one of the oldest culinary creations of mankind. It could be hard, fluffy, and even colorful. It's just fair that we should get up, close and personal with this particular item.

      Bread comes with many names, and you can expect almost anything, so here are a few variations:

      Pita Bread is made from wheat and usually consumed in the Middle Eastern Regions such as Arab and it is also a familiar sight in Greek and North Africa. Pita bread has its own lineage, such as Kebab and the Indian Pita. The usage of Pita bread varies from wrapping to scooping meals and sauces.

      Tortilla Bread is famed as a Latin specialty. The thin, flat bread is made from cornmeal or wheat flour. Do not mistake the Mexican Tortilla with the Spanish Tortilla de Patatas, which is a round potato omelette sometimes seasoned with vegetables.

      Naan Bread is commonly used as a staple food in India, Pakistan and other South Asian Territories. The mixture is made from wheatflour, leavened with yeast and cooked in tandoor ovens, which gives the fluffy, filling bread its savoury, smoky flavor.

      Chapatti Bread is another South Asian delicacy. The light bread is made from Atta (drumwheat) flour, and usually eaten with Dal (lentil soup).

      China also has its own flat bread, called bing. Sometimes, the savory bread is eaten with Peking Duck and it has several modified versions, such as the Gian Ceng Bing and Jian Bing. 

      Probably one of the most popular bread items in the world, the Baguette, is a typical item to shop for every morning in Paris. The long staff of bread had become an icon in itself, and is usually present in each meal during the day. Another famous French item is the croissant.

      The Japanese have a bread of their own, called Anpan. ?Pan? is the Japanese word for bread and the Anpan is bread filled with sweet bean paste. Japanese breads are usually very soft and has a fluffy texture.

      Bread plays such an important part in many people?s lives, that it's just understandable that the word bread eventually became slang for ?money?. Oh, and a band's name too.

    • TAGGED: pita bread, tortila bread, naan bread, chapatti bread, japanese