Long before the Spanish reached the shores of what is now modern day Mexico; the indigenous people of this region had developed the basis for the Authentic Mexican cuisine that continues to be enjoyed thousands of years later. The food of the Mayan and Aztec cultures was based on growing and eating meals made from maize, chilies and beans. Even traditional Mole sauces use the same ingredients today that were used by the ancient people of this country.
UNESCO, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has been awarding buildings and landmarks the title of “world heritage site” since 1945. More recently, the organization has begun to pay homage to the less tangible aspects of various cultures such as historically meaningful crafts and artwork that continue to be produced in their native land. Their aim is to promote the preservation of living culture while increasing the public’s awareness of retaining the individual identity of a region. In 2010, UNESCO chose to bestow the honor of intangible cultural heritage on Mexican cuisine.
Mexican cuisine as part of the culture
This distinction affirmed the role that authentic food, the farming traditions that are unique to the country and ancient cooking methods have played in the history and continued development of Mexican culture. In the 16th century, the Spaniards witnessed the people eating many of the same foods that are still consumed today including fare made from local fruit, chocolate and tamales. Steaming and cooking over an open flame is as commonplace in today’s Mexico as it was 5000 years ago, and corn continues to be a major crop for their use as well as export.
Ensuring against the loss of this unique culture includes educating the younger generations about these traditions. Women who are adept at the ancient ways of food preparation hold classes and demonstrate how to use local ingredients and time-tested techniques. These endeavors encourage the continuation of the Mexican culture. At the same time, they are protecting the time-honored way of cooking and diet from modern encroachment of convenience items and influx of non-native foods.
While different areas of Mexico have focused on those ingredients that have been easily available to them to create regional differences; the basics of authentic Mexican cuisine have stayed the same, and will continue to please palates for generations to come. The fresh taste of Mexican BBQ can be experienced in Singapore with Private Chef Jason Vito, it is a fun dining experience best shared with friends and family.