World Cuisine During International Week At Iowa State

World Cuisine During International Week At Iowa State

Great international food and how to make it!

On Sunday, October 22, Iowa State's international community hosted a World Cuisine day for International Week. This was just the first of five events, including a dance night, Bazaar night, game night, and international night. Many of Iowa State's international clubs and organizations participated in making for county-specific dishes for the Ames community. The clubs, AMSIS (Association of Malaysian Students at Iowa State University), Arab Student Association, Brazilian Student Association, Indian Student Association, Korean Language Club, Muslim Student Association, Japanese Student Association, Pakistan Student Association, PERMIAS (Indonesian Student Association), Russian Speaking Student Association, Sankalp (funds development projects in India), and VISA (Vietnamese Student Association), worked hard to prepare great cuisine.

Last spring, Iowa State had a food festive similar to the one recently help. I had a great time and ate a lot of wonderful food; I was extremely excited when I heard about the World Cuisine event. I was just as happy at this event and the food was worth every penny I spent. Overall I bought seven food items and two drinks. Not only did I love the new food I tried, but it also inspired me to learn how to make them at home. While I haven't had the chance to make any of them yet, I have all of the recipes saved, ready to help me prepare the food.


Vietnamese Sandwich with Grill Pork

- VISA (Vietnamese Student Association)

I loved this Vietnamese sandwich. The pickled vegetables (radishes and carrots) really complimented the pork. It was all served on a harder bun to give a nice crunch.

Vietnamese Grilled Pork Sandwiches - Williams Sonoma

Hot Pepper Chicken with Rice

- Muslim Student Association

Chicken and rice and definitely a hit any day. The hot pepper chicken gives this dish a hot burst of flavor. The meat at Iowa State's World Cuisine day was cooked and flavored perfectly. I can only hope mine will turn out like their's did when I make this recipe.

Sate Ayam (Chicken Satay) with peanut sauce

- PERMIAS (Indonesian Student Association)

I can honestly say peanut sauce and chicken is a combination I never thought I'd try, but they went together quite nicely. It is a very salty and sweet kind of taste. The chicken is normally served on skewers then has the peanut sauce brushed on.

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce -

Cheese Pastel

- Brazilian Student Association

While I choose the cheese filling, pastels can be filled with different meats, and while less common, sweeter fillings, like jam and chocolate, are available too. In Brazilian, pastels are seen as tasty junk food because they are fried. That probably why it was my favorite item that I got to try.

Pastel - Brazilian Flair in the USA


- Russian Speaking Student Association

Borscht is a beetroot based hot soup that is popular in Eastern Europe. It is known for its distinctive red color, but can also come as a green or white soup. I had this with sour, which I would highly recommend. The flavors in the soup and the sour cream balance each other nicely.

Borscht - Epicurious



- Arab Student Association

Baklava was one of my favorite food items I got at the World Cuisine day. I have a major sweet tooth and layers of chopped nuts and honey hit the spot. Baklava is claimed by many regions as to who made it first; the major two being the Greeks and the Turks. However, it is equally popular in both places. This dessert is a sweet pastry that I will be making in the near future.

Baklava - The Spruce


- AMSISU (Association of Malaysian Students at Iowa State University)

Ondeh-ondeh is a sweet potato based dessert with grated coconut to add extra flavor. The dessert is commonly found in Southern Asia. It can be compared to an eastern version of lava cake because of its palm sugar gooey filling. There are times where I do not like coconut flavoring, but this combination of ingredients was not one of them. Because of their small nature and great, I can definitely see my self eating one to many.

Ondeh-ondeh - Just as Delish


Passion Fruit Juice

- Brazilian Student Association

Passion fruits are native to southern Brazil. While passion fruits can be eaten like any other fruit, this yellow fruit makes a great, sugary drink that provides vitamins A and C.

Passion Fruit Juice - Delishably

Plum Tea

- Korean Language Club

Plum tea is one of Korea's more popular teas. Despite the name, plum tea uses apricots to make its sweet yet tangy flavor. It is perfect for hot summer days, so I might wait to learn how to make this until the weather warms up.

Plum Tea - My Korean Kitchen

There were so many more things I wish I got to try, like the moong - da halwa from the Indian Student Association, lassi from the Pakistan Student Association, and badam kheer from Sankalp. However, while I am trying all of these new recipes, I might as well find some for the foods that I did not have a chance to try at International Week's World Cuisine day.

Cover Image Credit: Hannah Monk

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How To Play 'New Girl's' True American Drinking Game

"It's 75% drinking, 20% Candy Land, and the floor is molten lava."

I think it's fair to say that anyone who watches "New Girl" knows about True American. This crazy, nonsense drinking game which pops up every so often throughout the seasons and first introduced in season one, episode 20.

The game, as described by "New Girl" character and fan-favorite Schmidt, is 75% drinking game and 20% Candy Land with a floor of molten lava.

The point of the game is for players to navigate through the Candy Land-like spaces to the "castle," which is a table in the center of the room that holds beer "pawns" and the "king" bottle. The first person to reach and sip from the bottle wins.

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Here's how to play:

Step #1: Prepare the "castle"

First, set up your "castle." The castle is made up of beer "pawns" and the "king," a bottle filled with the alcohol of your choice.

The bottle should be in the middle of the table, surrounded by four lines of beer pawns. There is no exact number of beers necessary for each line of beer pawns. Choose any amount of beers that seems appropriate for the amount of players.

Step #2: Set up spaces

Set up spaces using pillows, chairs or any other objects players will be able to stand on. Place an equal amount of spaces around the table. You'll want about 5-8 spaces on each side, depending on the size of the room you're playing in.

Only four of these spaces should reach the castle, lining up with the parade of beer "pawns" and allowing players to take a beer pawn from the castle. For example, in the photo above, each of the chairs touch a corner of the table at the end of the line of beer pawns. Therefore, these are two of the four special spaces that allow players to take a beer. Unlike the pillows pictured, which are just regular spaces that the players can use to move around.

Step #3: Pick teams

Teams are optional. To pick teams, all of the players will place a certain number (1 to 5) of fingers against their forehead on the count of three.

Any players who hold up the same number are a team. Unmatched players can team up as needed or simply pair up with the person standing closest to them.

Step #4: Begin

Begin with a shotgun "tip-off" to determine which player goes first.

The winner of this shotgunning contest will yell, "One, two, three...JFK!" to announce the official beginning of the game. All players will enthusiastically respond, "FDR!" then quickly grab a beer pawn from the castle and run to any space they wish to start at, excluding for the four special spaces that reach the castle.

Step #5: Make moves

The winner of the shotgunning contest has earned the first turn. From then on, the order of turns will move in a clockwise rotation. During each turn, the player will move one space toward the castle and choose to play one of the following mini-games.

Mini-game No. 1: The player whose turn it is will count to three then all players will place a certain number (1-5) of fingers on their forehead. Any player who selects a number no one else selected can move ONE space.

Mini-game No. 2: The player whose turn it is will recite the beginning of a famous American quote. The first player to complete the quote can move TWO spaces.

Mini-game No. 3: The player whose turn it is will name two famous American people, places, or things. The first player to identify what the two have in common can move THREE spaces.

For example, say it's your turn. You will move one space then choose one of the three mini-games. You and all of the players will participate in that game, and the winner will move accordingly. After this, your turn is over and it's the next player's turn (in the original clockwise rotation).

Step #6: "Play on, playa."

Continue playing by these rules until one lucky winner reaches the bottle and sips from its royal glass.

The bottle cannot be opened until every last pawn is removed from the castle. Any players who fail to keep at least one beer in hand, who accidentally end up with more than three beers in hand, or who touch the lava are immediately disqualified. Disqualified players can rejoin the game by shotgunning a beer.


You are now able to impress all of your "New Girl"-loving friends with knowledge of the workings of the epic True American drinking game. Know your limits, drink responsibly, and enjoy!

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