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uisine in the Avatar World can be divided into roughly four traditions, which follow the division of the Four Nations, however regional variation inside each nation can be large, particularly in the Earth Kingdom.
Most dishes, particularly those of the Earth Kingdom and Fire Nation, are heavily influenced by Asian cuisine, particularly that of China, and many are actual dishes. Chopsticks are the primary eating utensils worldwide.

Air Nomads
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The most defining characteristic of Air Nomad cuisine is strict vegetarianism. It is most likely their chosen dishes are based on fruits, vegetables and grains, as well as eggs and dairy products. Noodles are also a popular staple food amongst the Air Nomads

Cooking Style
Not much is known about the cooking style of Air Nomads. One method of cooking seen is baking.

Common Ingredients

  • Apple – Used for pies.
  • Banana – Made as juice
  • Flour – Used in baking, for example Fruit Pies.
  • Moon Peach – Eaten whole.
  • Nuts – eaten for a snack.
  • Onion – Used for juices

Dishes

  • Dumplings – Presumably filled with vegetables.
  • Fruit Pie – Fruit mince filled pastries, baked.
  • Moon cakes – a cake commonly eaten in China.
  • Noodles – mixed with vegetables.
  • Rice – eaten as a side dish.


Fruit Pies are a notable Air Nomad treat.

Water Tribes
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The Water Tribes dishes consists of a large variety of seafood and meats. However, their vegetables are largely limited to what they can find on the ocean floor, such as sea prunes.

Cooking Style
The cooking style of the Water Tribe is mainly boiling or stewing, due to the limited resources available to make more elaborate dishes. Also, as they live in a colder part of the world, it is more practical to have food that warms the body like stews, and less practical to have salads. They also make jerky out of some of the meat.

Common Ingredients

  • Fish – Usually steamed or boiled.
  • Giant Sea Crab – Presumably fried or used in stews.
  • Octopus/Squid – Presumably fried or used in stews.
  • Sea Prune – Boiled into Sea Prune Stew.
  • Seal – Used to make Blubbered Seal Jerky.
  • Seaweed – Made into soup, bread and cookies.
  • Whale – Usually boiled.

Dishes

  • Arctic Hen – A Southern Water Tribe dish consisting of the meat of the Arctic Hen.
  • Blubbered Seal Jerky – Jerky made from seal meat and blubber.
  • Five-Flavor Soup – Traditional Southern Water Tribe dinner.
  • Pickled Fish – A meal that lives up to its name, and is eaten in the Northern Water Tribe.
  • Sea Prune Stew – Sea Prunes stewed in water and with other common ingredients.
  • Tentacle Soup – A Northern Water Tribe dish, consisting of squid/octopus tentacles and noodles.

The Land of Earth
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A collection of dishes from the Land of Earth.

Cuisine in The Land of Earth is the one closest to real world Asian cuisine, particularly that of China. People in the land of earth eat grains (particularly rice), vegetables and meats. There is a large regional variation on the types of food eaten, ranging from simpler village fare to the elaborate roasts, cakes etc. found in Ba Sing Se.

Cooking Style
A huge variety of cooking methods are utilized in the land of eart. Their people live in a huge country with great variation in climate, and therefore food. Boiling is used for rice and many vegetables. Fish is usually steamed, * and meats are usually roasted. Baking is also extensively used to make cakes, buns and tarts.

Common Ingredients

  • Cabbage – Usually boiled, stir-fried or left uncooked and used as garnish.
  • Chicken – Usually roasted.
  • Chili – Used as a flavoring.
  • Duck – Usually roasted.
  • Egg – Used in a variety of ways.
  • Fish – Usually steamed and then garnish applied.
  • Flour – Used to make noodles, cakes, pastries and buns.
  • Jennomite – Rock Candy. Also called ’Creeping Crystal".
  • Lettuce – Usually boiled, stir-fried or left uncooked and used as garnish.
  • Mango – Used to make a beverage of the same name.
  • Platypus Egg – Used in a variety of ways.
  • Pork – Usually roasted.
  • Rice – A staple food, usually boiled.
  • Soy – Used to make tofu.
  • Turkey Duck – Presumably roasted.
  • Wheat – A staple food, usually made into flour.

Fruits

Dishes

  • Cakes – Mixed flour, sugar, egg and butter that is baked.
  • Crab Puffs – Crab meat made into puffs.
  • Deep-Fried Pickled Radishes – A crunchy snack.
  • Egg Custard Tart – Tart with an egg custard center.
  • Fried Dough – Flour dough that is fried.
  • Jook – Rice congee.
  • Noodle Soup – Noodles and various vegetables and meats cooked in soup.
  • Roast Duck – Duck seasoned with herbs and spices, roasted and then a special sauce applied.
  • Soup – Made from a variety of meats and vegetables, usually thin.
  • Tofu/Bean Curd Puffs – Tofu made into smaller puffs and fried.

Beverages

  • Tea – Made from a variety of leaves in hot water.
  • Mango – Made from mangoes and other fruits mixed with water in an ice bowl.

The Land of Fire
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The defining characteristic of Fire Nation cuisine is its spicy nature. Fire Nation citizens seem to put spices even into many of their delicacies and treats. They use a wide variety of grains, meats and vegetables in cooking.

Cooking Style
There are many cooking methods. Regional variation is smaller, but the available types of food are still extensive. Boiling is used for rice and many vegetables. Fish is usually steamed, and meats are usually roasted. Baking is also extensively used to make cakes, buns and tarts. The Fire Nation also has many snack foods, bite-sized pieces with a large amount of spices that are roasted. Chilli and other spices are added to nearly all savory food.

Common Ingredients

  • Cabbage – Usually boiled, stir-fried or left uncooked and used as garnish.
  • Chilli – Used extensively for almost any type of dish, stir fried, boiled, fried and salads.
  • Clams – Usually boiled.
  • Crab – Presumably fried.
  • Duck – Usually roasted.
  • Fish – Usually steamed and then garnish applied.
  • Flour – Made from wheat, made into buns and dumplings.
  • Komodo Chicken – Presumably roasted.
  • Komodo Rhino – Made into sausages.
  • Rice – A staple food, usually boiled.
  • Sea Slug – Usually smoked.
  • Squid – Presumably fried.
  • Wheat – A staple food, made into flour.

Fruits and Vegetables

Dishes

  • Buns – Made from flour.
  • Dumplings – Flour filled with meat and vegetables, usually boiled.
  • Fire Gummies – Snack food.
  • Flaming Fire Flakes – Snack food, spicy flakes that are roasted.
  • Fruit Tart – Dessert. It can be served with rose petals on the top.
  • Ice Cream – Frozen cream, eaten in waffle cones.
  • Komodo Sausage – Sausage made from Komodo Rhino meat.
  • Noodle Soup – Soup with noodles and sea foods.
  • Roast Duck – Duck that is seasoned, roasted and cut into bite-sized pieces.
  • Sea Soup – Soup with sea food and eggs.
  • Sizzle-Crisps – Snack food, probably made from meat.
  • Smoked Sea Slug – Sea Slug smoked.
  • Tart Pie – Pie with Fruit Tart on top.

Beverages

  • Juice – A cold drink with a slice of fruit, a favorite of Piandao.
  • Tea – Made from a variety of leaves in hot water. There are many varieties. The type drank in the Imperial Order is Spice Tea, mainly by commoners. The white lotus enjoys Ginseng Tea, which Reibesch says is his favorite.
  • Watermelon Juice – Drank on especially hot days or at the beach.

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