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Toronto is a rich stew of ethnic diversity, and so too are the city’s food options. Want to try something new but are feeling a little intimidated? Here are our fun step-by-step guides that will have you eating like a pro.

Find them below: Ramen | Ethiopian Injera | Burrito | Sushi | Vietnamese Ban Hoi

How to eat ramen

How to Eat Ramen

  1. Take a moment to breathe in the delicious umami scent. It’s good for your sinuses, but it’s even better for your soul.
  2. Pick up the chopsticks. Ramen isn’t the watery broth you make out of a packet when you have a cold, it’s a full noodle experience that requires proper utensils.
  3. Eat noodles first. The noodles soak up the flavour of the broth, so be prepared for a full mouth experience.
  4. Slurp away. Diners are expected to slurp their ramen, so don’t be afraid of making some noise, loud and proud.
  5. Eat the other toppings. Once you’re done with the noodles, tuck into the other delicious parts of the ramen like menma (bamboo shoots), negi (shredded onions) or moyashi (bean sprouts).
  6. Enjoy the broth. Finish your flavourful journey by savouring the rich broth.
  7. Daydream of next bowl. With so many different kinds of ramen, your tastebuds will never get bored.
How to eat Ethiopian food

How to Eat Ethiopian Food (Injera)

  1. Choose your stews. Injera is like a giant sourdough crepe with portions of fragrant stews on top. You can choose a variety of different toppings, from meat-based dishes to vegetarian options.
  2. Tear it up. With your fingers, tear off a piece of the spongy injera.
  3. Grab the food (with your right hand). Use the injera to scoop up a bite of the toppings. It’s considered polite to just use your right hand for this.
  4. Pop it in your mouth. Enjoy the deliciousness of the tangy injera and savoury stew.
  5. Rinse and repeat. Keep on using the injera to spoon bites of stew into your mouth until the injera is all gone.
  6. Plan your next injera session. The variety of stews are endless, so get ready to get hooked on sampling different types and finding your favourite.
How to fold a burrito

How to Fold a Burrito

  1. Build your burrito right. Grab a tortilla while it’s warm so it’s not too stiff and prone to breaking, and make sure not to overfill it. The only explosion you want here is a flavour explosion.
  2. Add your fillings. Whether you’re all about the veggies or need meat to keep you going, you can’t go wrong with a mix of protein, cheese, beans, rice, and of course, salsa, sour cream, and guac.
  3. Fold it in half. Once you’ve decided on the right bean-to-cheese ratio for you, pull the bottom half of the tortilla over the top.
  4. Pull back. Pull the bottom half of the tortilla up tightly over the filling so it’s nice, compact, and ready to roll.
  5. Tuck in each side. Fold in one side of the tortilla, and then the other.
  6. Roll to perfection. With both ends tucked in, tightly roll the burrito.
  7. Enjoy. Once your burrito is rolled to perfection, take a big bite and savour the fresh taste and your fresh skills.
How to eat sushi

How to Eat Sushi

  1. Choose your roll. There are tons of different types of sushi out there, so choose the one that suits your tastes. Whether you’re into simple fish rolls or the creamy deep-fried extravaganza, they’re all good choices.
  2. Prep your chopsticks. The wood that joins the chopsticks at the end breaks off, setting your chopsticks free and providing a rest for them for the rare moment when they’re not in use.
  3. Pour the soy sauce. Fill up the small dish only partially, and refill as needed.
  4. Pick up your first piece. Hold the chopstick about a third of the way down between your index and middle finger, and use your thumb to steady it. Position the second chopstick in the crook between your thumb and index finger, and then use the first chopstick to pinch a piece of sushi.
  5. Take it in one bite. It’s considered rude to take multiple bites of one piece of sushi, not to mention a huge mess.
  6. Cleanse your palate and repeat. Use the ginger served alongside sushi to reset your mouth between rolls. Not only is it a digestive aid, but it helps prepare your mouth for a totally different, totally delicious new flavour.
How to eat Bon Hoi

How to Eat Vietnamese Banh Hoi

  1. Get ready for some serious deliciousness. Banh Hoi are tasty rice noodles that are compressed into a square sheet, like a piece of cheesecloth. They’re difficult to make and are usually saved for big celebrations.
  2. Pick up the lettuce. Start by grabbing a piece of lettuce that is about the size of your hand. It adds crispness and keeps your hand clean (ish).
  3. Add some herbs. Layer a few fresh herbs that are served alongside the Banh Hoi.
  4. Noodles next. Next, add a piece of Banh Hoi to your growing lettuce wrap.
  5. Meat time. Finally, include a piece of meat. Banh Hoi is traditionally served with rich meats like duck and beef, but can also be include lighter proteins like shrimp and chicken.
  6. Wrap it together. Fold the lettuce over so it’s a compact little wrap that can fit in your mouth.
  7. Enjoy. Savour the complex flavours and start building your next bite.