Street Food Essay: What Is Food Authenticity?

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What is food authenticity?

This essay will explore the dialectic relationship between the continuity of tradition and the continued changes found in the presentation of traditional activities (Lu and Fine 1995).

Firstly, food authenticity is doubtful. Ask a range of people how to make spaghetti bolognaise and each person will have their own recipe, their own method, and their own claim to authenticity. So, when we talk about authenticity, what does that mean? When is it ok to improvise?

Authenticity is the quality of being genuine or real (VAN LEEUWEN, 2001). Authenticity is important when the value of something is dependent on where it came from or how it was made (Christensen, 2010). Typically motivated by a desire to experience the “real”
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Street food is conceptualised as authentic food that symbolise the culture (Sims 2009). Its something that you don’t see in particular cultures which makes it so special. Street food is like a form of art. Whereby, its performed like a show. For example, in the Western culture, street food isn’t allowed because of its hygienic reasons. It is also common in the Western culture that the street is to be quite when the sun falls. This is because it gives privacy for others. Whereas in Asia, when the sun falls the streets become lively which conceptualises the night life of its culture and symbolises their …show more content…
It is a form of unpaid promotion where customers tell other people how much they like a business, product or service (Staff 2017). In this scenario, tourists can promote a foods authenticity by influencing others to conceptualise that street food is a form of authenticity that symbolises the culture (Sims 2009).

In conclusion, we come back to the question, “ask a range of people how to make spaghetti bolognaise”? Each person will have their own recipe, their own method and their own claim to authenticity. If it tastes like spaghetti bolognaise, then perhaps its authentic. Or maybe it is not authentic, but is staged enough to be led to believe that it is authentic. Food authenticity can be said to be doubtful. The uncertainty of the imitation is representative of the real thing could as a result become staged authenticity.

It can be said that the continuity of tradition still exists while some form of changes continues to be found in traditional activities. For example, the German beer continues to follow the process and ingredients that are of traditional German methods. Whereas the traditional site of production is moved away to cheaper production

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