Thursday, August 26, 2004

Ethnic pudding

Ended a long and strangely Internet-free evening with a friend at Veselka, where I mentioned to him that I'd always been curious about the "Ukranian pudding" but didn't feel like actually ordering it. My friend asked our waiter what he thought of this pudding, and he made a face that said "eww." When pressed for more information, he described the taste as "ethnic." Does that make the waiter a xenophobe? Are Ukranians, who are definitively white, considered "ethnic" these days? Or is it just their pudding that's ethnic?


Anonymous said...

When they wash the dishes, is that ethnic cleansing?

Dylan said...

Ethnic: "Of or relating to a sizable group of people sharing a common and distinctive racial, national, religious, linguistic, or cultural heritage."

Next time you're having a pizza or spaghetti, ask your dinner partner if he doesn't think it's very ethnic. Or remark on the "ethnic dress" of those wearing green on St. Patrick's Day.

Anonymous said...

I think the description of food as ethnic implies that it would taste strange to someone not of that ethnic group. What is considered ethnic can change with time. To wit, sushi would have been considered ethnic food thirty years ago. but now it is mainstream.

Phoebe said...

Yes, yes, everything is "ethnic."

Especially Ukranian pudding, though.